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Simon Galperin, founder and director of the Community Information Cooperative, will address underperforming local news ecosystems by building special taxing zones called community information districts. Info districts let geographic communities design and fund their ideal news and information sources.

Stories about Simon Galperin’s 2018–2019 fellowship project

  • RJI announces 2018-19 class of fellows

    RJI announces 2018-19 class of fellows
    April 10, 2018

    RJI has awarded nine fellowships to address ways to reach underserved audiences, improve the quality of video and data-driven stories, coordinate the coverage of breaking news and help high school students identify reliable sources of news and information.
  • RJI Fellow proposes news model funded and directed by the community

    RJI Fellow proposes news model funded and directed by the community
    August 28, 2018

    RJI Fellow Simon Galperin is proposing a new business model for news he believes will not only help fund an operating budget but also involve readers more intimately: community information districts.
  • Info District dispatch: On lobbying

    Info District dispatches
    Info District dispatch: On lobbying
    October 24, 2018

    To pass an ordinance or petition for a referendum you need to lobby someone. The Community Information Cooperative’s 501(c)(3) incorporation means that no more than 20 percent of our budget can be spent on lobbying. At first, we saw this as a limitation.
  • Info District dispatch: Missing markets

    Info District dispatches
    Info District dispatch: Missing markets
    November 12, 2018

    Many local news deserts are “missing markets.” They have the resources to support local news and information production but lack the information, trust, and coordination to do so.
  • RJI 2018: Strengthening local journalism, testing practical innovations, and trust and transparency

    RJI 2018: Strengthening local journalism, testing practical innovations, and trust and transparency
    December 20, 2018

    As another year comes to a close, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute reflects on some of its accomplishments and lessons learned with a mission of helping journalism survive and thrive.
  • How to launch an Info District

    How to launch an Info District
    June 26, 2019

    Local news organizations are closing or struggling to stay afloat, thus dampening the ability of residents to participate effectively in their communities. Simon Galperin is leading the effort to prototype a new form of funding.
  • RJI 2019: Strengthening journalism, connecting with citizens, preserving content and exploring tech

    RJI 2019: Strengthening journalism, connecting with citizens, preserving content and exploring tech
    December 20, 2019

    As another year ends, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute reflects on some of its accomplishments and lessons learned with a mission of helping journalism survive and thrive.

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