The Pasadena Media Foundation

Justin Chapman

Pasadena Media Foundation funding for Conversation Live:

  • Production Associate & Copy Editor

  • Awards submission fees

  • Web site development

  • Articles in LA Progressive, Pasadena Black Pages & Culture Honey

  • Streamyard. WeTransfer, Google One & Zoom subscriptions

  • Graphic Art & Video Editing services

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Our Mission to #SaveLocalNews

To build a sustainable financial future for Pasadena-area news and information organizations, which are essential for democracy to function, and to promote high-quality local journalism within the community.

Without revenue, you can’t pay reporters. Without reporters, you can’t develop consistently reliable news reports about what’s happening in your town. Without that reliable news report, you can’t figure out how to run local government. It isn’t rocket science.”
- Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

"Trusted local information and the people and systems that gather and distribute it are critical infrastructure for communities, just like the people and systems necessary to provide housing, roads, electricity, clean air and water, healthy food, reliable broadband data networks, schools, healthcare and cultural institutions."
- Andrew Nachison, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

"Grant money from the Pasadena Media Foundation greatly benefited Pasadena Now at a moment when our financial survival was difficult and the grant will therefore bear fruit for many years.
Pasadena Now isn't backed by a big corporation or deep-pocket investors. So the grant received from the Pasadena Media Foundation was more than welcome, it was a blood transfusion! It allowed us to help pay for the talented reporters we desperately need to fulfill our mission in the community."

James Macpherson, Publisher
Pasadena Now & Altadena Now

Our Shared Sense of Urgency

News organizations across the nation have been decimated by the collapse of traditional business models brought on by the impact of digital technology and social media. The Pasadena area is no stranger to these market forces, with multiple news outlets recently eliminating editorial staff, shifting focus away from local news coverage or shutting down entirely.

Readers and advertisers have been drawn to other information sources, especially on the Internet. As a result, many communities have turned into news deserts, with little or no local reporting. Information to minority communities is especially impacted.

Now combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, our local news agencies are further challenged to remain viable, while simultaneously finding themselves responsible for an increasingly important role in the dissemination of accurate and crucial information.