For the people.
With the people.
Our nonprofit journalism amplifies voices in disinvested Dallas neighborhoods and explores solutions to our city’s systemic inequities.
Award-winning journalist Keri Mitchell, who spent 15 years dedicated to community and civic journalism at Dallas’ Advocate magazines, launched Dallas Free Press in early 2020 with the belief that all neighborhoods deserve reporting and storytelling that values their community and holds leaders accountable.
Dallas Free Press was named 2021’s “New Publisher of the Year” by Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers for “being truly rooted in community and public service … starting from a place of community listening, meeting real information needs, and centering equity.” We focus community journalism efforts in South Dallas and West Dallas, two of our city’s historically redlined neighborhoods, and that work informs collaborative projects to tackle complex civic issues with solutions journalism.
Outdated news business models prevent this, however. The problem with an advertising-based model is that reporting and storytelling are limited to communities where advertisers want to spend money to reach the wealthiest residents of the city. Subscription models face a similar dilemma; content is catered to people willing to pay for subscriptions.
A nonprofit model allows for a return to journalism for its intended purpose — public service. The focus of Dallas Free Press is to enable community journalism efforts in Dallas news deserts, starting with South Dallas and West Dallas, and also to build a local journalism collaborative to tackle complex civic issues.
- What’s a “news desert”? View the definition alongside Dallas delivery maps.
- What kind of content do we publish? Are we looking for staff and freelancers? Find out how we define and produce our journalism.
Dallas Free Press’ collaborative partners include:
• Dallas Weekly, a trusted news source for the city’s African-American audiences with a legacy that reaches back into the Civil Rights Era
• Advocate magazines, founded in 1991 to tell neighborhoods’ unique stories in ways that resonate with neighbors and make an impact in those communities
• KERA, Dallas’ NPR affiliate, which led a statewide effort to form a public radio collaborative with Texas’ four largest stations
• The Dallas Morning News, the city’s metropolitan daily newspaper, which has worked with Dallas Free Press on a solutions journalism project around food apartheid, and in an effort to form a local Dallas Media Collaborative
We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.
Board of directors
Sam Gillespie, retired real estate investor, former City of Dallas Board of Adjustment member
Steve Kenny, Dallas native, former Dallas Morning News editor, New York Times senior editor
Louisa Meyer, retired BP accounting manager, longtime Dallas ISD advocate and volunteer
Carol Toler, Advocate contributor, community journalism expert
Dallas Free Press is actively seeking board members who are deeply involved in the neighborhoods we serve: South Dallas and West Dallas.