Who is the Wichita Journalism Collaborative?

Our Purpose: The Wichita Journalism Collaborative is a coalition of newsrooms and community partners joining forces to help meet news and information needs in and around Wichita. We aim to support and enhance quality local journalism.

The 11 partners involved in the Wichita Journalism Collaborative are: The Active Age, The Community Voice, The Journal (Kansas Leadership Center), KMUW, KSN-TV, The Sunflower, The Beacon, The Wichita Eagle, the Wichita Public Library, Planeta Venus and The Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University.

Over the course of 18 months, the WJC partners will combine resources to explore issues and solutions connected to housing challenges in the greater Wichita area. The collaborative partners also will host civic engagement events focused on housing issues in our community.

The WJC is funded by the Wichita Foundation’s Press Forward Wichita Fund. It was launched in Spring 2020 with the help of a $100,000 grant from the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) based in New York City

Kathy Lefler serves as the project coordinator. Chris Green, executive editor of The Journal, and Maren Berblinger of the Kansas Leadership Center, served as project managers in 2022-2023. Amy DeVault, a journalism instructor at Wichita State University, served as project manager for the initiative in 2020 and 2021.

You can contact us at wichitajournalismcollaborative@gmail.com

Contributing Partners