Axios Local
Our manifesto
“A new, modern, daily miracle.”
We want to bring smart, modern, trustworthy local news to every community in America.
  • This sounds insanely ambitious (or just insane). But you don’t solve gigantic societal and business problems by thinking small.

Everyone needs — and deserves — high-quality reporting to understand the changes fast unfolding where they live. Axios Local is the solution, synched elegantly to your smartphone.

We created Politico in 2007 and Axios in 2017 and believe this project will be our most important journalistic legacy if we nail it.

  • This is a high-risk, high-reward proposition. We want others to learn from our successes and our stumbles. So we will regularly update anyone who's interested in what's working and what's not. Sign up here for regular updates.

Every city and town is reinventing itself (or being reinvented reluctantly), by technology and the explosion of work-from-anywhere possibilities.

  • Think of the change unfolding in your backyard — where and how you work, where you live, how you communicate, travel, study, eat, work out, stay informed.
  • Axios Local unleashes local reporters to narrate this change and cover the economic, social and political implications. Each city is covered by locals, for locals.

Local reporting has been obliterated by technology, private equity cash and new consumer habits. Too many falsely assume local reporting can't be revitalized profitably. This CAN be done if:

  • You meet readers’ needs.
  • Put your investment into people, not paper and property.
  • Create a new, healthy daily habit.
  • Scale up as revenue rises.
  • Spread to smaller cities and towns once the formula is perfected.

That’s the Axios blueprint we are testing in 25 cities now and in 50 total by the end of 2023 — and 100 soon thereafter. Readers get or will soon get:

  • A daily newsletter, written by top local journalists.
  • Vital journalism through a clean, focused, local website.
  • Breaking news alerts.
  • Smart guides for schools, real estate, business and more.
  • A new way to find top jobs.

We cannot do this without you.

  • Sign up for our FREE newsletters if you live in or have deep interest in our cities.
  • Already a subscriber? Tell your friends.
  • If you’re a great local journalist interested in joining our crusade, email Danielle Jones at [email protected].
  • If you run a business, advertise. You'll find our ads are the most effective in media.  Email [email protected] if you have questions.
  • If you're a philanthropist, we welcome clever ideas for bringing this concept to smaller towns, especially news deserts, faster. Email me — [email protected] — with thoughts.
  • Become an Axios Local Member — all donations flow straight to local journalism. For more information, check out the Local website for your city and click on the Membership link in the top navigation bar.

We promise to be worthy of your time and trust.

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