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 2018-2019 Impact Report

Thanks to a groundswell of support, we have made substantial progress in our mission to save local news in Philadelphia and around the country. We are proud to share this report on our activities throughout 2018 and 2019 and to provide highlights of our work and partnerships.

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.