Charlottesville Tomorrow is the trusted source of in-depth information on key quality of life issues before local government in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Charlottesville Tomorrow's award-winning journalism is widely distributed to the public through partnerships with our daily newspaper (print & online editions), on this website, in email alerts and in local election voter guides.
Photo: James Marshall
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1591, Charlottesville, VA 22902
In 2012, Charlottesville Tomorrow became the first online member of the Virginia Press Association and an inaugural member of the Local Independent Online News (LION) publishers association. In 2014, we joined the Institute for Nonprofit News (formerly the Investigative News Network).
Charlottesville Tomorrow formed in July 2005 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Staff: Five full-time employees + interns
Budget: $476,000 (2018)
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Through a partnership with The Daily Progress, the first of its kind in the nation, Charlottesville Tomorrow’s reporting is a regular feature in the pages of the local newspaper of record. Since 2009 over 2,300 news stories have been published in the newspaper and today Charlottesville Tomorrow produces more than 50 percent of the newspaper's content on the topics we cover.
"The partnership is clearly benefiting our readers, who are getting more public affairs reporting at a time when most news organizations are pulling back. The Daily Progress is a better, more consistent newspaper because of this partnership."
McGregor McCance, Daily Progress Managing Editor (2005-2012)
- The nonprofit news site Charlottesville Tomorrow shares its reporting with the local newspaper. Here's how they've made the partnership last, The Lenfest Institute, February 8, 2018.
- “No cookie-cutter model”: How local news organizations are surviving today and preparing for the future, Nieman Lab, November 15, 2017.
- Journalism’s New Patrons: Enterprise journalism emerges in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Columbia Journalism Review, November 14, 2017.
- 8 strategies for saving local newsrooms, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, November 6, 2017
- A nonprofit newsroom rescued its local newspaper. Now it wants to expand. Columbia Journalism Review, May 26, 2017.
- How news partnerships work: Commercial and nonprofit newsrooms can work together to benefit and change journalism, American Press Institute, May 18, 2017
- Charlottesville Tomorrow and the future of hyperlocal news, Tom Tom Founders Festival, April 12, 2017
- Virginia Press Association awards, Charlottesville Tomorrow wins 21 awards, April 8, 2017
- Virginia Press Association awards, Charlottesville Tomorrow wins 17 awards, April 9, 2016
- Jay Allred, Brian Wheeler and Traven Rice have been elected to the Board of Directors of LION Publishers, September 22, 2015
- BlockFeed's geotagged approach to local news, Digiday, August 5, 2015
- Press on: Ten years in, Charlottesville Tomorrow offers a model for making nonprofit news work, C-VILLE Weekly, May 6, 2015
- Virginia Press Association awards, Charlottesville Tomorrow wins 24 awards, April 18, 2015
- In the world of nonprofit news, different paths to sustainability for local and state news sites, Nieman Lab, April 8, 2015
- Gaining Ground: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability, Knight Foundation, April 8, 2015
- Charlottesville Tomorrow goes mobile with Qork, March 31, 2015
- Journalism Partnerships: A New Era of Interest, Pew Research Center, December 4, 2014
- How Community Involvement Can Pay Off for Local Publishers, Street Fight, July 24, 2014
- Virginia Press Association awards, Charlottesville Tomorrow wins 15 awards, April 5, 2014
- The Growth in Digital Reporting, Pew Research Center, March 26, 2014
- Charlottesville Tomorrow receives Knight Foundation grant to expand reach and coverage, March 5, 2014
- 37 area nonprofits awarded total of $277,000 in grants, Daily Progress, December 10, 2013
- What's Next for Nonprofit Journalism, October 3, 2013
- Google May Drill Down to Neighborhood News, TechNewsWorld, August 2, 2013
- ‘Indie’ Hyperlocals Share Their Secrets to Sustainability, Street Fight, May 30, 2013
- Charlottesville Tomorrow to partner with two alt-weekly newspapers to cover local education
- Virginia Press Association awards, Charlottesville Tomorrow wins five first place awards, April 20, 2013
- Charlottesville Tomorrow: How nonprofit news can make money, Knight Digital Media Center, November 20, 2012
- Va. Site Proves There's Money in Nonprofits, NetNewsCheck, November 19, 2012
- Small site, big tools: Local nonprofit news site switches to Armstrong content management system, Knight Digital Media Center, October 22, 2012
- Crowdfunding attracts the hyperlocal news crowd, Block by Block, August 20, 2012
- How a local news site does community engagement, Knight Blog, John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, June 6, 2012
- How Hyperlocals Can Burn In Their Brand, Street Fight, May 17, 2012
- The News Frontier database, Columbia Journalism Review, February 23, 2012
- As Media General posts losses, Daily Progress gets creative, C-VILLE Weekly, February 14, 2012 (partnership coverage)
- The intersection of journalism and placemaking, February 2, 2012 (w/ audio)
- Update on civic media and community engagement, January 26, 2012 (w/ video above)
Community Voices, November 29, 2011
Charlottesville Tomorrow briefs Blacksburg on civic media for the Virginia Tech, Institute for Policy and Governance
- In Jefferson’s Hometown, a Hyperlocal Focuses on Digital Democracy, Street Fight, October 13, 2011
- Charlottesville Tomorrow gets $100k grant to expand, The Daily Progress, September 8, 2011 [media release]
- Virginia is for (news) lovers: How a Charlottesville newspaper and non-profit make their relationship work, Nieman Journalism Lab, March 14, 2011
- The Daily Progress & Charlottesville Tomorrow recognized for partnership, March 3, 2011
- Miller Center report on the media and democratic governance; Update on Daily Progress partnership, April 26, 2010
- Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University assesses the Charlottesville Tomorrow-Daily Progress partnership, October 8, 2009
- Daily Progress & Charlottesville Tomorrow form partnership, August 23, 2009