Community News & Small Business Support Act

Conservative Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney partners with Washington Democrat Rep. Suzan DelBene to introduce a new federal bill to strengthen local news and small businesses.

A Policy Toolkit: Encouraging Small Businesses to Advertise in Local News

A model bill and the best practices for a tax credit or grant program to help local businesses support community news.

The Great Gutting of US Newspapers


The number of articles in 121 newspapers that were studied has plummeted as the number of reporters has declined dramatically. Source: News Hole by Danny Hayes and Jennifer Lawless


How the government can help

Our policy menu offers nonpartisan initiatives that the government can pursue to help local news including government advertising set-asides, state journalism fellowship programs, and tax credits for small businesses to advertise with local news outlets, as well as for retaining and hiring local reporters.


How you can help

Are you concerned about the ongoing collapse of local news? If you, your publication, or your organization are interested in strengthening democracy and revitalizing community journalism, then consider becoming a member of the Rebuild Local News Coalition.

Who we represent

Our coalition includes news media organizations, press associations, publishers, labor unions, foundations, civic groups and more.

Rebuilding local news will require a massive effort that must include a significant increase in philanthropic support, loads of innovation in the news business – and, yes, some help from the government.

Steve Waldman
Founder | Rebuild Local News