Research & Impact

Journalism requires new business models, powerful innovations and diverse audiences. The Lenfest Institute is working throughout local news ecosystems, in Philadelphia and beyond, to crack the code on a sustainable future for this vital resource.

Lenfest Institute 2021 Impact Report

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2021 was another challenging year, but local journalists continued to serve our communities tirelessly with essential public-service reporting and vital factual information. At the Lenfest Institute, our mission remains to provide practical actionable solutions for local news through support of journalists, news organizations, and new business models – here at home in Philadelphia, throughout the United States, and selectively around the world. 

One Mission, Three Priorities

Our research and reporting focuses on three core areas: High-Impact Journalism; News Technology & Innovation; and Diverse, Growing, Audiences:

High-impact journalism

Quality, in-depth reporting remains the fundamental value proposition between local news organizations and their audiences. The Lenfest Institute invests in indispensable, public-benefit journalism for the communities it serves.

News Technology & Innovation

To survive and to thrive, local news enterprises must be nimble, tech-enabled and committed to constant innovation. Investing in the technical muscle of news organizations and introducing new tools improve customer experience, audience engagement and operational efficiency, all key to business sustainability.

Diverse, Growing Audiences

Diverse and inclusive newsrooms attract diverse and growing audiences. Our investments in newsroom diversity, community listening projects, and multi-cultural news media address one of journalism’s biggest challenges and one of its greatest opportunities.