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One in four newspapers has shuttered in the last 15 years.

Through our impact and community screenings campaign, we aim to help secure the future of credible local news and newspapers in towns, suburbs and cities nationwide—toward the survival of equitable and sustainable communities, an informed electorate, and a functioning democracy. To meet our goals, we are partnering with newsrooms, publishers, professional associations, advocacy and education organizations, journalism schools, policymakers, PBS stations and other stakeholders nationwide.

Interested in partnering with us or hosting a screening in your community? We’d love to connect! Please fill out our Screening Request Form and a member of our team will be in touch. Have a question? Email us at


When we lose local news, we lose sight of the most pressing issues facing our families, communities and democracy. What can you do right now to secure the future of local news? We ask you to:

  • Subscribe to your local newspaper and support them with your dollars. Find your local paper offering subscriptions by visiting this database of local newspapers.
  • Learn about legislative efforts to support local news, such as the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act which would give news publishers of all sizes the ability to come together collectively to negotiate licensing deals with Google and Facebook.
  • Learn about news deserts and ghost papers by first taking a look at your own community:
  • Plan a screening of STORM LAKE in partnership with your local newspaper or civic engagement group. Use the post-screening discussion to brainstorm ways to support local journalism on the local level and increase community support for news.


To support STORM LAKE’s outreach and engagement campaign that will help to sustain the future of local news, please make a tax-deductible donation via our fiscal sponsor FilmScene.

To support The Storm Lake Times, help build a stronger democracy, and protect, strengthen, and expand local public interest reporting in Western Iowa, please make your tax-deductible donation to the Western Iowa Journalism Foundation.

To all of the film’s generous supporters, thank you!

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American Journalism Project

Dedicated to local news, the American Journalism Project is a venture philanthropy organization committed to the vision of an independent, resilient and ubiquitous civic press that represents, informs and engages every member of the diverse public it serves. Learn more at the

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America’s Newspapers

America’s Newspapers advocates with passion, energy and drive on behalf of America’s newspapers. They provide: A network for education, support, collaboration and connection, education on the latest trends, innovations and changes in the industry, an alliance of local newspaper establishments where members can seek advice, share best practices and tackle challenges, and advocacy and support of First Amendment rights and the protection of the free press. Learn more at

National Newspaper Association

The mission of the National Newspaper Association is to protect, promote and enhance America’s community newspapers through active and effective government relation programs that address the issues affecting community newspapers, by educating readers, advertisers, and policy officials on the benefits and value of community newspapers and by providing information, solutions and strategies on current and emerging issues affecting the business interest of community newspapers. Learn more at

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The News Media Alliance

The News Media Alliance is a nonprofit organization representing more than 2,000 news organizations and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and globally. Alliance members include print, digital and mobile publishers of original news content. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., just outside Washington, D.C., the association focuses on ensuring the future of news media through communication, research, advocacy and innovation. Learn more at

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Report for America

Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. An initiative of the The GroundTruth Project, it is structured to harness the skills and idealism of an emerging group of journalists plus the creative spirit of local news organizations. Learn more at

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Solutions Journalism

This organization works to spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. They seek to rebalance the news, so that every day people are exposed to stories that help them understand problems and challenges, and stories that show potential ways to respond. SolutionsU® connects you to solutions stories about responses to the world’s challenges. Learn more at

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