Mission: To inspire social, economic, and environmental change in cities through user-generated journalism and events around the world.
About the Organization: Originally named the Next American City, Next City began in 2003 as a volunteer-staffed quarterly magazine dedicated to urban policy. Having published thirty-one issues, Next City today reaches more than 2.5 million readers through its website, where it publishes long-form journalism about the issues, leaders, policies, and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions worldwide. The platform’s theory of change has five components: identifying interesting innovations in cities around the world; telling the stories of the people responsible for those innovations; connecting those stories with communities, both online and on the ground; elevating urban leaders and sharing their best ideas at events around the world; and fostering the next generation of urban leaders, changemakers, and dreamers. Articles and opinion pieces are provided by freelancers working on assignment or spec.
Current Programs: Next City’s main activity is Web-based publishing in the form of original news and commentary focused on urban issues. The organization also produces a range of events, including Vanguard, an annual urban leadership conference.
Website: Visitors to the Next City home page can browse a frequently updated news feed or curated collections focused on particular topics (transportation, criminal justice, gentrification, urban design). Weekly features provide in-depth treatment of urban-relevant issues, including tech, culture, economics, infrastructure, and politics. In addition, the site offers a job board with thousands of openings. Writers interested in pitching a story are encouraged to submit original articles with “an informed and strong opinion” no more than twelve hundred words in length. Visitors to the site also can sign up for a free daily or weekly email digest of new content on the site, become a member of the Next City community, and/or make a donation
Funding: Next City is funded by major U.S. foundations, including the Ford, Knight, MacArthur, Rockefeller, and Surdna, as well as individual donors.