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CityView News Fund helps ensure objective coverage of local government


Almost two years ago, we dreamed about what it would take to revive independent journalism in our community — reporting that could help rebuild public trust in local news reporting and empower an informed community to help solve our shared problems.

At the first city council meeting our CityView reporter attended, they were initially denied access to the public meeting. That answer did not stand that night and it has not stood during the hundreds of local government meetings we’ve since covered. A free and aggressive press is a critical component of a democratic society, and we take our responsibility as watchdog over local government’s actions seriously.

Since we started CityView Today, our news team has reported on the attempted sale of the Public Works Commission and the continuing issues with Chemours/Dupont and the “forever chemicals” that have been emitted by the plant into the Cape Fear River.

In 2022, the North Carolina Press Association awarded CityView the Henry Lee Weathers Freedom of Information Award for exceptional work in advancing or upholding the cause of Freedom of Information. And our writers and photographers continue to be recognized for their exemplary work to keep our community informed.

CityView’s dedicated team of journalists and professional staff work tirelessly to bring you the latest news, features, and events that help shape our community. Each morning over 35,000 residents wake with the important news of the day, reports of the family members and friends we have lost, and insights on people’s lives that can only come from decades of reporting experience and a love for our community and the people who live here. We provide this free of cost through our CityView Today digital newsletter, accessible to anyone and anywhere — all you have to do is sign up.

Quality journalism comes with a cost, and done well, it’s never inexpensive. But every day as we read about more threats to democracy across the globe, we understand that it is a price that must be paid. We are committed to the belief that an informed community builds a better community, and that everyone deserves access to trustworthy sources of news.

Many media organizations are looking to bolster their operations by turning to nonprofits to support their efforts. While nonprofit news cannot replace what has been lost, it does help fill the gaps left by layoffs and closures in traditional media.

We created the nonprofit CityView News Fund to help ensure that objective and balanced news coverage of local government, schools and other community issues is provided at no cost to residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. Since its inception, the CityView News Fund has provided the financial resources to expand our news coverage with additional staffing and equipment.

We are excited to partner with the Cumberland Community Foundation again this year to support the GivingTuesday campaign. Over $1.8 million was raised in Cumberland County during last year’s campaign and those funds were matched with a $575,000 donation from the Cumberland Community Foundation, helping our community’s nonprofits improve the lives of thousands of our residents.

This year, donations made to the CityView News Fund during GivingTuesday will again be enhanced by more than $550,000 raised by the Cumberland Community Foundation to support this effort. With this generous opportunity for enhancement, your contributions are more valuable than ever in helping us fulfill our mission.

Your support is crucial in ensuring that Cumberland County residents continue to have access to free, reliable, and comprehensive local news coverage. Your donation to the CityView News Fund helps strengthen our community’s voice and empower our residents with the information they need — particularly as we expand our coverage by adding reporting staff capacity and resources to provide more news coverage in other important areas such as health care, the military and education.

The GivingTuesday campaign runs through Nov. 29 and you can donate by check or online. We need your support to help keep our community informed and connected. Please join us in shaping the future of our community by donating to the CityView News Fund today.