About Us

The mission of the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative is to bring together Fort Wayne’s media resources to address complex community challenges by creating and disseminating solid, evidence-based journalism. We envision transforming the nature of local journalism in Fort Wayne and giving our community greater access to solutions-oriented news that encourages civic engagement.

The Collaborative Corner: Kara Hackett

Episode 2 - Co-Founder and Editor of The Local Fort Wayne, Kara Hackett Welcome to The Collaborative Corner, where we dive into the heartbeat of Northeast Indiana! In this episode we delve into the pressing issues shaping Northeast Indiana with Kara Hackett, Co-Founder and Editor of The Local Fort Wayne. In this episode Kara discusses the key issues in Fort Wayne that her newsletter The Local covers. Kara brings a wealth of insight into Fort Wayne’s vibrant culture and ever-evolving landscape and uses her expertise to shed light on what makes Northeast Indiana truly unique. https://youtu.be/HAEzORlbF1I The Collaborative Corner is a production of the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative with the goal of connecting listeners to the stories and culture of Northeast Indiana. Hosted by WBOI Program...

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Fort Wayne’s first Innovative Housing Showcase seeks to fill gaps in the local market

Fort Wayne’s first Innovative Housing Showcase seeks to fill gaps in the local market

As an architect from Detroit, Rena Bradley noticed Fort Wayne was lacking diverse housing styles when she moved here in 2015.  At the time, she was working for Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries on the city’s Southeast side, addressing challenges in the neighborhood, like a housing shortage and a surplus of smaller, empty lots. Bradley thought that if she could bring a concept, like shipping container homes, to Fort Wayne it could benefit families and the city alike, giving residents an attainable path to homeownership and reactivating vacant lots too small for traditional housing. As an added bonus: It would give her more interesting homes to choose from, too. “I wanted to bring the type of housing to our community that I myself wanted to live in,” Bradley says. “Something...

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The Collaborative Corner: Michelle Chambers

Episode 1: City Councilwoman At-Large, Michelle Chambers Join us for an episode of the Collaborative Corner Podcast, where we speak with City Councilwoman At-Large, Michelle Chambers, as she shares her thoughts on what it means to be a public servant, changes in the identity of the "big little city" of Fort Wayne, and her vision for the future of our great city of Fort Wayne. The Collaborative Corner is a production of the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative with the goal of connecting listeners to the stories and culture of Northeast Indiana. https://youtu.be/_Cn2SjG4o3M For more information, visit fwmediacollaborative.com

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Republican Q&A Candidate Forum 4.14.24

Did you miss your chance to attend the Republican Candidate Forum over the weekend? You can watch candidates presenting their platforms, discussing key issues, and answering questions from the audience at the link below. IN03 Congressional Candidates from left to right: Tim Smith (R), Grant Bucher (R), Wendy W. Davis (R), Jon Kenworthy (R), Marlin A. Stutzman (R), Michael Felker (R), and Eric Whalen (R). Video presentation candidate: Andy Zay (R). https://youtu.be/UqNkWCw4JSU?feature=shared For more information visit fwmediacollaborative.com.

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Democratic Q&A Candidate Forum 4.06.24

https://youtu.be/Y9Sdoz6sqAI IN03 Congressional Candidates Phil Goss & Kiley Adolf participate in Democratic Q&A Candidate Forum presented by the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative and Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at the Allen County Public Library Main Branch on April 6th, 2024.

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2024 CANDIDATE FORUMS FOR DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ELECTIONS

2024 CANDIDATE FORUMS FOR DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ELECTIONS

Join us for an insightful series of Candidate Forums where you can hear directly from the contenders vying for your vote in the upcoming Indiana 2024 Primary Election. This is your chance to engage with the candidates, understand their perspectives, and make informed decisions on Election Day. Both forums will feature candidates from their respective parties, presenting their platforms, discussing key issues, and answering questions from the audience. It's an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about the individuals who could potentially represent you in important positions of leadership. Remember, your voice matters, and your vote counts! To reserve a spot for these events, register at: Democratic Party forum: https://www.eventbrite.com/.../3rd-district-congressional......

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Renting in Cool Blue Illinois: Protections, Freedoms, and Support

Renting in Cool Blue Illinois: Protections, Freedoms, and Support

What a difference a border makes! Illinois, known for its Democratic leanings in the heart of the more Republican Midwest, has set up some of its laws to protect both renters and landlords. However, with an increasing demand for affordable housing, Illinois’ housing market continues to be competitive and expensive. Illinois Rules and Laws Protections for landlords and tenants start with the laws that govern them. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office publishes the “Landlord and Tenant Rights and Laws” to help navigate these roles. According to the AG, some protections that Illinois renters have are: They can ask that necessary repairs be made, and use this as a viable defense against eviction if they withhold a portion of their rent when the landlord has not paid for the...

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Time for Change in Michigan, Legislature to Protect Renters Being Worked On 

Time for Change in Michigan, Legislature to Protect Renters Being Worked On 

Nearly 20% of Michigan renters will face the threat of eviction this year. In a state with over 1 million renters, this leaves about 200,000 citizens at risk of losing their homes. But there is legislation in the works to try to solve this.  Michigan RentersInfogram In 2022, Ann Arbor, a city where over half the households are renters, passed Section 8:531 of the housing code, the right to renew. This law requires Ann Arbor landlords make a “good faith” offer to renew a lease 180 days before a tenant’s lease is up.  Relocation is expensive and time consuming. Apartment hunting, packing, cleaning, along with security deposits and first- and last-month rent payments add up fast. If a tenant is offered an opportunity to renew, this can save them from being placed farther back...

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Housing Crisis: A Growing Problem in Central Ohio 

Housing Crisis: A Growing Problem in Central Ohio 

As housing costs continue to increase across the nation, so does the stress on lower income and middle-class families in Columbus, Ohio. The problem? Too many residents, not enough affordable places to live.  A recent report found over half of homeowners in Central Ohio are spending most of their income on housing costs. To be considered affordable, housing expenses should represent no more than 30% of a household’s income, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Carlie Boos, executive director of the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, says the area’s housing supply is struggling to keep pace with the population.  This very underbuilding of housing is one of the key drivers of housing costs. As of August 2023, Columbus home prices were...

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Renting in the State of Kentucky

Renting in the State of Kentucky

Andrea Zang hopes for a world where there are no limits to who can access sustainable and truly affordable housing.  “It’s a rent crisis,” said Zang, a Kentucky resident, member of KY Tenants and a leader with the Homes Guarantee campaign. “People are making decisions to not buy food, to not buy medical care because they have to make rent.”  Homes Guarantee is led by tenants and aims to ensure everyone has the ability to find comfortable, safe, and affordable places to live. Over 250 tenant-led organizations have contributed to this cause and are working to meet with White House officials. According to data from InvestFourMore, a blog started by Colorado landlord and real estate agent Mark Ferguson, Kentucky is the second-most landlord-friendly state in the U.S. with a ranking...

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