107th in a 2022 Series*
The State of Local News 2022 was released this week in a blockbuster report (link is here). We were pleasantly surprised and honored to see The Relevance Project show up in the section headlined “A Path Forward.” Here’s the recognition: “At a summit on rural journalism, Tom Silvestri, former publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, wryly observed that sometimes there seem to be ‘more people trying to save local journalism than actually employed in local journalism.’ As executive director of The Relevance Project, Silvestri is one of those trying to save local journalism. Funded by state and national press associations, the Relevance Project seeks to strengthen the connection of local news organizations to their communities through in-person and virtual forums that bring together leaders and ordinary citizens to identify and help solve problems.” We appreciate the shout-out from author Penny Abernathy and Northwestern University. To the supporters of the 2-year-old Relevance Project, especially the state and provincial newspaper associations and the SNPA Foundation, thank you. Know we don’t take this acknowledgement lightly. There’s much more to do. Be THE Community Forum. ONWARD!
–Tom Silvestri, Executive Director, The Relevance Project
*ABOUT THE SERIES: Our goal is to share a Relevant Point of the Day (RPD) each weekday throughout 2022. Our target is at least 222. Thank you for supporting The Relevance Project. Your success is our focus.