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About the Flatwater Free Press

The Flatwater Free Press, a project of the Nebraska Journalism Trust, has quickly become a go-to source for investigative journalism and deep, meaningful storytelling. 

At FFP, we believe we’re living up to our tagline: “Important stories, well told.”

We’re a 501c3 that seeks an equal mix of stories that reflect border-to-border, statewide issues; those from the state’s major metros of Omaha and Lincoln; those from small towns and rural places; and those of traditionally underserved communities.

The Flatwater Free Press, Nebraska’s first independent statewide nonprofit newsroom, has grown an impressive following after publishing for 16 months. Our website and weekly newsletter draw tens of thousands of eyeballs. Most of the state’s daily newspapers, TV station websites and radio station websites run our stories. We have also partnered with several of the state’s largest news organizations on projects. 

It adds up to this: On average, FFP stories reach 400,000 Nebraskans.

We’re developing a national reach, too. FFP stories have been published by a wide variety of news sources, including Civil Eats, the Huffington Post, Indian Country Today and USA Today.

Thanks to large grants and more than 1,400 individual donors, we’re financially sustainable. 

We’re also growing: A bigger office, a bigger staff and many big plans for 2023 and beyond.


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