The nonprofit Banyan Project is devoted to strengthening democracy by pioneering a sustainable and replicable new business model for community Web journalism. Banyan’s mission is to help seed independent news co-ops in underserved communities across the nation and to provide them with mentorship and educational and administrative support so they can thrive and fulfill their mission of civic engagement.
News co-ops that affiliate with Banyan will deliver the reliable news and information their communities need, activating civic engagement. The 10-year goal is for the number of news co-ops coast to coast to at least match the number of food co-ops.
Readers will find Banyan-model journalism relevant to their lives, respectful of them as people, and worthy of their trust.