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The Connecticut Mirror

Grants Awarded

Unrestricted Funding

Funding Type Unrestricted
Funding Total $300,000
Impact Area Civic Engagement
Years Funded 2023-2026

The Connecticut Mirror (CT Mirror) has had tremendous growth over the last three years. In November 2019, CT Mirror had nine full-time employees (eight journalists and a publisher) with an annual budget of $1.3 million. Today the organization has 21 full-time employees (17 journalists and a four-person business team) with a $2.7 million annual budget. With fewer and fewer local newspapers, there is urgency to continue broadening coverage of other cities and communities, juvenile and criminal justice, education and housing. CT Mirror is deepening its data reporting and photo journalism capacity, thanks to a continuing relationship with Report for America. CT Mirror’s impact steadily grows as its coverage of critical issues has led to countless policy changes at the state and local level. It is the go-to news source for legislators, influencers and regional leaders. That impact is also amplified as CT Mirror engages widely throughout the state, licensing its content to 14 of the state’s largest newspapers, publishing Spanish translations of some of its work through a partnership with Identidad Latina, and partnering regularly with national sites such as The Marshall Project, ProPublica, Kaiser Health News and others. Funds from this grant will be used both to sustain this level of activity and lay the groundwork for another period of growth in reporting capacity and revenue development.