As the adage goes, there is strength in numbers.
A collaborative of news organizations from in and around Pittsburgh, The Pittsburgh Media Partnership, was founded in early 2020 with the goal of supporting and maintaining a vibrant local media landscape.
The survival of local news outlets was threatened even before the coronavirus pandemic worsened the problem of declining advertising revenue. As retail businesses shuttered for months and organizations canceled live events, advertising in local newspapers and magazines plummeted, leading to reductions in staff and cuts in pay at many media outlets. The effects have been felt by both for-profit and nonprofit outlets, and have been harsh.
The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle is part of the Partnership, along with 19 other media outlets, including Trib Total Media, Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh Courier, Pittsburgh City Paper and Pittsburgh Quarterly.
The diverse group of news organizations “come from different perspectives — and we serve our audiences differently,” according to the Partnership’s website. “But we believe in an independent press. We believe in facts. We believe in doing our work ethically and responsibly. And we share the belief that there are times that call for working together and stories that will deserve more than we can do alone.”
Members of the Partnership have committed to work in tandem on “the big stories — the ones that are of significance to the region and that matter to all of our audiences.”
The first collaboration is focused on COVID-19 and its impact on the region. Stories published by news organizations within the Partnership are posted on thebigstorypgh.com. Other resources regarding the coronavirus are available on the website as well, including those on unemployment, housing, education and food.
– Toby Tabachnick