About the Southwest Michigan Journalism Collaborative

Southwest Michigan Journalism Collaborative is a dynamic group of 12 partners representing media, educational or community organizations dedicated to strengthening local journalism.

Southwest Michigan Journalism Collaborative’s mission is to support and enhance the news ecosystem in Southwest Michigan, to provide accurate and equitable coverage, and to promote diversity of voices among journalists and sources alike.

With this mission, SWMJC hopes to gain greater equity in news coverage, diversity in newsrooms, and engagement between journalists and their audiences to build trust. If you believe in our mission, please consider making a donation

Guiding Principles & Values 

The following guiding principles and values were established by collaborative members to guide their ways of being as well as collaborative efforts:

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Equity
  • Ethical Journalism Practices
  • Inclusion 
  • Solutions
  • Sustainability
  • Trust

Media & Community Partners

Funding Partners

The Mental Wellness Project is made possible through a grant from Solutions Journalism Network, with the mission to spread the practice of solutions journalism. Our work also has been funded by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation and Kalamazoo Community Foundation.


Leadership Committee

  • Gordon Evans, WMUK (Community Engagement)
  • Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Southwest Michigan (Editorial)
  • Marie Lee, Encore (Marketing)
  • Sarah Lee, The Chronicle of Philanthropy (Fundraising)
  • Matt Schuster, Public Media Network (Fiscal Sponsor)



The journalism collaborative is a nonpartisan news organization committed to transparency and editorial independence. We do not support or advocate for any particular idea, model, organization, or agenda. We rely on financial support from the public, charitable foundations, and philanthropists. Below are policies that guide our collaborative’s operations.