Info Districts Project

A public policy solution to the local news crisis

The Community Info Coop’s flagship effort is the Info Districts Project.

Info districts are special districts that fund participatory media and civic communications projects to meet local news and information needs. Modeled after other kinds of special districts – like business improvement or library districts – info districts are established democratically, funded by a local tax, and accountable to the community they serve through a public board.

The info district framework was incubated at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in 2016 with support from the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University.

In 2018, the Reynolds Journalism Institute awarded a fellowship to the Community Info Coop to research and produce a guide to launching an info district.

See our guide to launching info districts here.

In 2019, the Community Info Coop launched the Bloomfield Community Information Project to seed the first new, hyperlocal public media fund in the United States.

Updates from the Info Districts Project