Presenting THE CITY, A Revson-Conceived Nonprofit Digital News Startup

A major new nonprofit digital news organization focused on New York City, called THE CITY (@TheCityNY), is about to begin staffing up with top New York City journalists, and it will launch later this year with the mission of adding a vigorous and contemporary new voice to New York journalism. Announced today are the journalism organization’s major donors and team of well-known journalists, as well as its advisory board.

THE CITY will focus on accountability journalism for a broad audience, will collaborate with other news outlets to further build the local media ecosystem, and will cover some of the most important beats in New York City. These include transportation, housing and real estate, climate change, healthcare, immigrant New Yorkers and criminal justice — as well as the politics of City Hall and Albany.

The Charles H. Revson Foundation brought forward the formative idea of THE CITY, and the nonprofit digital news startup has already received $8.5M in seed funding from Revson, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Leon Levy Foundation, Texas Tribune founder John Thornton, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Miranda Family Fund at Hispanic Federation, and the Richard Ravitch Foundation. Until this new entity receives approval for IRS tax-exempt status, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, which has provided financial and strategic planning for THE CITY, will act as its fiscal sponsor.

Julie Sandorf, President of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, said: “Recognizing that robust and authoritative local journalism is the lifeblood of New York’s civic infrastructure, the Charles H. Revson Foundation is proud to have conceived and initiated THE CITY. By providing a dependable source of comprehensive local coverage, THE CITY will equip New Yorkers with a solid working knowledge of their public institutions, communities, and the economic and social forces that affect their lives.”

Read the full press release here.

To read more about THE CITY, see below:

The New York Times