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 2020 Impact Report

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Last year, during a once-in-a-century pandemic, the largest mass protest movement in a generation, and a critical election, the need for fact-based, independent news — and the challenges facing local journalism — grew dramatically. Both The Lenfest Institute and our region’s local journalists had to pivot quickly to meet the moment.

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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.