The Long Beach Post and the Long Beach Business Journal have embarked on a new chapter: The publications now comprise the city’s largest nonprofit newsroom after forming under a new charity called the Long Beach Journalism Initiative.

This move means we are now relying on the community for support.

A key player in this transition is Melissa Evans, former executive editor who has led this transition. She is now the CEO of the Long Beach Journalism Initiative, or LBJI.

Last week, LBJI got some significant news: we received our 501(c)(3) status from the IRS, which means donations to our work are now tax-deductible.

On this episode of “The Word with Jackie Rae” podcast, Evans explains why newsrooms nationwide are shifting toward nonprofit business models and what the move means for Long Beach.

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