The journalism industry is experiencing major job losses, with some of the worst affected being local news publications, which have been forced to make cutbacks and layoffs, reducing their ability to hold power to account.
Add to that worsening levels of mistrust in the media, and you have a recipe for disaster.
In January 2019, the Pulitzer Center responded by launching a US local news initiative called Bringing Stories Home to support "public service" reporting projects, made possible through a $5m endowment fund from the Facebook Journalism Project.
In this week's podcast, Indira Lakshmanan, executive editor, Pulitzer Center, talks about the 11 projects that have since received financial, editorial and data-driven support and why this intervention is crucial today to secure the future of journalism and regain audiences' trust.
To listen to the podcast on the Journalism.Co.UK website, visit here.