Central Current has been approved for membership to the Institute for Nonprofit News, which supports more than 360 independent news organizations across the country.

INN is a national leader in nonprofit news. As a member of INN, Central Current will have access to its network of hundreds of other publishers and journalists working within the nonprofit media business model.

INN requires members to demonstrate high editorial standards, independence and transparency policies, and a commitment to high-quality journalism that encourages civic engagement and serves communities.

INN provides training, support and resources to members, including participation in NewsMatch, a fundraising program that leverages matching gifts.

Central Current’s editor is participating this week in INN Days, a conference of news leaders, funders and researchers exploring the future of nonprofit news.

Central Current was founded in 2020 and received its nonprofit status in 2021. Central Current hired its founding editor-in-chief Julie McMahon and expanded the board at the beginning of 2022, and recently hired its first reporter, Chris Libonati.

Central Current at the end of May relaunched its website in partnership with Newspack, a platform supporting small, local news publishers.

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Julie McMahon is editor-in-chief of Central Current. She's lived and worked in Syracuse as a reporter, editor and professor of journalism for more than a decade. Contact Julie at jmcmahon@centralcurrent.org.