Fast Facts

2,100 newspapers have disappeared since 2004 The act of reading a newspaper can mobilize as many as 13% of non-voters to vote. U.S. newsroom jobs dropped 51% from 2008 to 2019 Newspaper layoffs increased 200% from 2019 to 2020

Additional organizations working for a free press

The Seattle Times is proud to join these and many other media and nonprofit organizations working to protect the free press and democracy that are at the core of our missions and shared democracy.

Reporters Without Borders is an international nonprofit organization defending press freedom and freedom of information for nearly 35 years.

Freedom House is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people.

Free Press seeks to change the media to transform democracy to realize a just society.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press defends the legal rights of journalists – because an informed public is essential to a strong democracy.

The One Free Press Coalition stands up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.

The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership amplifies the work of press freedom partners with free advertising to increase awareness of the importance of an independent press.

The Northwestern | Medill Local News Initiative seeks to reinvent the relationship between news organizations and audiences to elevate enterprises that empower citizens.