It’s too hard for local journalists to access public records about policing, public health, government and other vital topics.

From its base at Stanford University, Big Local News tries to solve the problem by gathering data, building tools and collaborating with reporters.

The site also offers a free archiving service for journalists to store, share and publish data. Selected projects are preserved by the Stanford Digital Repository. An Industrial Affiliates program provides expanded opportunities to engage with the program and support its mission.



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Big Local News is funded through grants and donations. Please help support the project by making a donation at In the form, select School of Humanities and Social Science and specify Dept. of Communication, Big Local News project.


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Address: 450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 120 Stanford, CA 94305

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 650-498-2469