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Journalism is struggling. In Atlanta, new indie outlets are finding ways to make it work—and bringing in important voices
In just the past five years, Atlanta Civic Circle, Capital B, Canopy Atlanta, the Atlanta Community Press Collective, and local bureaus of Axios and the national investigative news site ProPublica have all set up shop in Atlanta. Decaturish, which turns 10 this year, is focused on repairing the old-school, community-newspaper model. Independent outlets are not only challenging revenue models—they’re changing the way local outlets approach journalism itself.
The Clayton Crescent made headlines for its 2020 election coverage. Without funding, it’s days away from shutting down.
Last November, Robin Kemp’s scrappy Clayton County news outlet made worldwide headlines for its local coverage of the dramatic 2020 presidential election. But a year later, due to a lack of funding, the nonprofit is in danger of shutting down.
"The most disturbing thing about witnessing the ballot count in Clayton County was the optics," says reporter Robin Kemp.