Local News Initiative

National Public Radio launched the Local News Initiative (LNI) to build the news gathering capacity of its member stations. The goal was to try new ways of working together to make NPR stations more vital, valued and central to the audiences in their communities. The LNI was led by Marsha Alvar, who commissioned this online guide. Later, NPR transferred the activities of the LNI to the Public Radio Program Directors Association where much of the project is now archived.