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Year launched


Tax status

  • Nonprofit 501c3


  • More than $1 million

Primary revenue sources (50% or more)

  • Foundation grants

Secondary revenue sources (20-49%)

  • Sponsorship

Smaller revenue sources (less than 20%)

  • Small donations (Less than $1,000)
  • Large donations ($1,000 or more)

Publishing platform

  • WordPress


  • Yes

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Chalkbeat Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Elizabeth Green

Chalkbeat Tenneessee, launched in 2014, is part of the small, nonprofit, Chalkbeat network that covers schools and education policy. Chalkbeat was granted nonprofit tax status by the IRS in 2014. Other sites: Chalkbeat Colorado, Chalkbeat New York, and Chalkbeat Indiana. Revenue: Grants, job board.

Introduction by publisher

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most. The network has bureaus in New York, Colorado, Indiana, and Tennessee. Chalkbeat was created as a merger of GothamSchools and EdNews Colorado, independent news nonprofits now known as Chalkbeat New York and Chalkbeat Colorado. Our mission is to inform the decisions and actions that lead to better outcomes for children and families by providing deep, local coverage of education policy and practice.

Coverage area

  • Metro or large city


  • Provide niche news about one topic

Topics of coverage

  • Education & schools

Content contributors

  • Professional journalists
  • Community members who are not journalists

Contributor compensation

  • Full-time, paid staff
  • Freelance or part-time paid staff

Revenue-side compensation

  • Full-time, paid staff without commission

In the news

Start small, plan big: How two nonprofit education sites came together to build a network