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Merger of Educational News Outlets Lead to Geographic Expansion

Two news organizations dedicated to daily in-depth news and analysis of school politics, policy and research—New York-based Gotham Schools and Denver-based EdNews Colorado—merged in 2012 to create the Chalkbeat. While both had risen to the position of being “the source” for education-related news in their respective communities, individually they were sub-scale and faced significant challenges operating as stand-alone entities. Together, they were able to attract national funders and provide education news coverage in seven local markets across the country. A grant from the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration helped fund merger-related expenses.

Grant Information

Grant Amount: $45,000

Year Granted: 2012

Grantee: Chalkbeat

Location: National

Grantee Website: Chalkbeat