The Brooklyn Bureau
Information Is Power. Information Empowers.
The Brooklyn Bureau is a news and information project of the Brooklyn Community Foundation and City Limits, an independent, investigative journalism organization with a 35-year history of reporting in New York City.
Reaching deep into Brooklyn, particularly in under-covered neighborhoods, City Limits’ team of reporters produce ongoing accountability journalism for The Brooklyn Bureau at www.BkBureau.org on local issues and activities of the borough’s nonprofit sector, civic and social institutions, and communities.
“When we created a community foundation for Brooklyn, we wanted to provide residents with new tools for civic engagement. We know that information is indeed power and it’s important to understand the issues and trends in our communities in order to create positive change,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber.
“As a ‘city’ of more than 2.5 million people, we need to have stronger and deeper coverage of neighborhoods, including the impact of public policies, and the work of our amazing nonprofit sector. We are proud to partner with City Limits on this much-needed media initiative so that the Brooklyn story can be told more clearly, accurately, and comprehensively.”
The Brooklyn Bureau is a winner of the 2011 Knight Community Information Challenge, which encourages community and place-based foundations to support news and information projects. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has matched the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s initial project funding for a total of $100,000 over its first two years.
In addition, the Community Foundation is supporting the work of the Center for the Study of Brooklyn at Brooklyn College to analyze statistical data and develop neighborhood and borough-wide trend reports, which will also be featured on The Brooklyn Bureau site.