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AP announces content collaborations with 5 nonprofit news outlets

The Associated Press today announced five new content sharing agreements with U.S. nonprofit news outlets: CalMatters, Honolulu Civil Beat, Montana Free Press, Nebraska Journalism Trust and South Dakota News Watch.

The collaborations are part of an effort to expand the reach of local news ahead of the 2024 U.S. presidential election and increasing access to AP’s nonpartisan journalism, especially in communities that may have limited access to fact-based news. They follow the content sharing arrangement between AP and the Texas Tribune announced in March.

Each organization will share AP journalism with its audience. AP will distribute stories from each outlet to the news agency’s members and customers, supplementing AP’s existing coverage of California, Hawaii, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota.

“As local coverage shrinks, content sharing agreements with other mission-driven news organizations across the U.S. are more important than ever,” said AP U.S. News Director Josh Hoffner. “These agreements are exciting opportunities for AP journalism to reach new audiences in an election year and simultaneously bolster the AP news report from states that can sometimes be overlooked.”

“Our mission is to inform and engage the 39 million people who call California home,” said CalMatters CEO Neil Chase, “so we’re grateful for this collaboration with The Associated Press. It makes it much easier for hundreds of news organizations across California to share our journalism with their audiences. It’s wonderful to be able to tell a newsroom that republishing our work is now as easy as publishing an AP story.” 

“Civil Beat is excited to be able to provide readers with stories by The Associated Press, whose writers have a long history in Hawaii and will add important depth and local perspective to our own coverage,” said Editor and General Manager of Honolulu Civil Beat Patty Epler. “In turn, AP will help bring Civil Beat’s stories about Hawaii and the Pacific to a much bigger audience at a time when it’s important for people to understand what is going on in this region. We’re just very pleased to be part of this bigger news ecosystem, it brings the world much closer together.”

“South Dakota News Watch’s content-sharing agreement with The Associated Press extends our audience, provides our readers with additional content and demonstrates the collaborative nature of nonprofit journalism,” said South Dakota News Watch CEO Carson Walker. “As a former AP writer and editor, I know the breadth of AP’s reach and look forward to what comes from the collaboration.”

“Montana Free Press is excited to partner with The Associated Press to provide Montanans more quality, nonpartisan news from one of the most trusted news services in the world while helping our in-depth reporting reach new audiences,” said Montana Free Press Founder and Executive Director John Adams. “More and more eyes are focused on what is unfolding in our state, from the 2024 elections to social and economic issues to the environment, and this collaboration with AP will provide them with deep and nuanced reporting from Montana’s leading statewide nonprofit newsroom.”

About AP

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. More than half the world’s population sees AP journalism every day. Online:

About Calmatters

CalMatters is a nonpartisan and nonprofit news organization bringing Californians stories that probe, explain and explore solutions to quality-of-life issues while holding our leaders accountable. It is the only journalism outlet dedicated to covering America’s biggest state, 39 million Californians and the world’s fifth largest economy. Its mission is to improve California’s democracy by making its government more transparent and accountable and giving Californians the information they need to understand and engage with that government.

About Honolulu Civil Beat

Honolulu Civil Beat is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt news organization dedicated to making Hawaii a better place to live.  Through investigative and watchdog journalism, in-depth enterprise reporting, analysis and commentary, they give readers a broad view on issues of importance to the community. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar launched Civil Beat in 2010.

About Montana Free Press

Montana Free Press is a 591(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization committed to providing Montanans with in-depth public-service journalism. MTFP serves the information needs of all Montanans by offering high-quality, data-informed news and analysis. MTFP fills the gap left by the decline in traditional statehouse news bureaus and corporate investment in watchdog journalism, ensuring that essential stories are reported and made accessible to the public.

About Nebraska Journalism Trust

The Nebraska Journalism Trust is Nebraska’s first and only statewide, independent, nonprofit news organization. The Nebraska Journalism Trust publishes its flagship publication, The Flatwater Free Press and Silicon Prairie Newsa digital publication focused on business and start-ups. 

About South Dakota News Watch

South Dakota News Watch is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 2017 that produces investigative and public service journalism to shed light on the issues and concerns of South Dakotans.


Lauren Easton
Vice President of Corporate Communications
The Associated Press

Nicole Meir
Media Relations Manager
The Associated Press

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