Christine Schmidt | Nieman Lab | December 10, 2019
The Connecticut Mirror — Hartford’s nonprofit news outlet, created ten years ago with $1.8 million from residents of the state concerned about layoffs at local news outlets. Now, 90 percent of the Mirror’s revenue comes from reader donations and its journalism is shared in the state’s 12 largest daily papers. The Mirror said it received a $830,000 grant from AJP.
The Mirror is among the first 11 grantees of the American Journalism Project. Each site gets a part of $8.5 million — average grant around $800,000. The grants will fund an organization’s first dedicated revenue positions, or grow an existing revenue team. Most will fund at least two new full-time positions for 24 months dedicated to revenue and fundraising.