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Comprehensive, credible newspapers play a vital role in their communities — and are facing an extinction level crisis. That’s why we’re excited to bring our film to more communities this summer and fall, and work with partners to help spark conversations about why robust local journalism is so important.

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The Film

The Storm Lake Times

Filmmakers Jerry Risius and Beth Levison


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What’s lost when a community loses local journalism?

Check out the new documentary Storm Lake about a small, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in Storm Lake, IA. Learn more at

They tell the stories of Storm Lake, Iowa and the surrounding communities. Now it’s time to hear from them. Discover the team behind a Pulitzer Prize-winning community newspaper in Storm Lake — a new documentary coming to select theaters later this year. Learn more:

A few decades ago, a Pulitzer Prize ensured a bright future in journalism. Not anymore. The Storm Lake Times is fighting for survival, like many community newspapers across the United States. The new documentary Storm Lake tells their story. Learn more at

On the opposing side: Hedge funds ripping through the industry. Big tech monopolies. Pandemic-driven ad declines. Despite all this, the team behind The Storm Lake Times fights on. See their remarkable story in the new documentary Storm Lake. More info:

The Storm Lake Times was making it — barely — each month, with a publisher that works for free and a small team of dedicated journalists. Then, the pandemic came. Discover the story of a small-town newspaper that proves the importance of local news in the new documentary Storm Lake. Learn more at

What’s a town without a newspaper? Art Cullen and his team at Pulitzer Prize-winning The Storm Lake Times don’t want to find out. Discover their story in the new documentary Storm Lake Times. Learn more at

Storm Lake tells the story of one newspaper fighting to inform a small Iowa community. There are thousands of newspapers just like it, working to stem the tides of misinformation and polarization in their communities. See what’s at stake. Learn more at

In Northwest Iowa, the Cullen family unites and informs the Storm Lake community through their biweekly newspaper The Storm Lake Times. Lorena Lopez delivers facts to her Spanish-speaking neighbors via La Prensa. This is what local newspapers do. Learn more at: