Next City, a nonprofit news organization covering urban issues, today announces deeper coverage of the economy with their expansion of The Bottom Line newsletter.
“Next City believes in the power of journalism to amplify solutions, helping spread them from one city to the next city,” said executive director Lucas Grindley. “And when it comes to increasing access to economic opportunity, there are so many people doing work that is overlooked. This deeper coverage will help elevate good solutions to the attention they deserve.”
Made possible with support from Citi Community Development, The Bottom Line will expand from a monthly roundup of Next City coverage into original reported stories sent to email subscribers three times per week.
More than 2 million influential changemakers visit Next City’s website annually, another 150,000 follow its coverage on social media, and 40,000 subscribe to its existing set of newsletters. Next City expects to double the number of newsletter subscribers in 2019 as it debuts a series of topic-focused newsletters, each headed by an expert journalist.
Taking on the economy beat is Oscar Perry Abello, who transitions from his role as Next City’s daily news editor to become the site’s first-ever senior economics correspondent.
“I couldn’t be more excited to get back to writing and reporting as my primary role for Next City,” Abello says. “It’s been the honor of my professional life so far to serve as editor for the past year, but given the opportunity to have this kind of platform to explore the questions and ideas that most intrigue me as a journalist, I couldn’t resist taking the leap back out into a correspondent role.”
Next City’s correspondent for the economy focuses on solutions for leveling the playing field in cities and will report on cooperatives, community development financial institutions, opportunity zones, the New Markets Tax Credit program, public pensions, public procurement, anchor institution procurement, workforce development models, workforce policies such as fair workweek or paid family leave, economic development including corporate subsidies, and those aspects of zoning that determine where jobs can be located in cities. Abello will also moderate conversations on related topics as part of Next City’s ongoing webinar series.
In reader surveys, 74 percent of respondents consistently say they use Next City journalism in their jobs. An increasing number of readers, now at 58 percent, say Next City also informs their volunteerism or other civic work in their communities. These topical newsletters will go much further to help readers and practitioners be effective agents for change.
To sign up for The Bottom Line newsletter, visit https://nextcity.org/newsletter. Subscribers also receive a weekly email highlighting the latest and most compelling of Next City’s journalism, which includes the release each Monday of a signature in-depth feature.