CommonWealth – Nonprofit journal of politics, ideas and civic life


Primary geographic focus: Massachusetts
Organization type(s): Media

CommonWealth is journalism at its best: in-depth, balanced, and independent. It is also the type of journalism that’s badly needed today as the economic model that fuels most news media is running out of gas.

We cover politics, policy, ideas, and civic life, with an emphasis on investigative reporting, in-depth analysis, and political mapping. We also provide a forum for policy makers and politicians to set forth their opinions. There’s nothing gimmicky about it, which is what makes it so unique.

Our funding comes from corporate sponsors, philanthropists, foundations, subscribers, advertisers, and supporters who thirst for more coverage of public policy. Two of our major sponsors are The Boston Foundation and the Knight Foundation, who see CommonWealth as a major experiment in nonprofit journalism.

CommonWealth has won numerous awards over the years, most recently two first places, a second place, and a third place in a contest sponsored by Capitol Beat, an association of capitol reporters and editors.

The magazine is published by the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank typically identified as MassINC. The organization also conducts research, works closely with the state’s Gateway Cities on economic development, sponsors the Civic Sense program for young professionals, and hosts events and programs.



A civil justice crisis is coming; Much greater funding for legal aid is needed

Susan Finegan, Lynne Parker
CommonWealth – Nonprofit journal of politics, ideas and civic life
September 10, 2020

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