News414 is a service journalism project conceived in October 2019 by three nonprofit newsrooms: Wisconsin Watch, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (NNS) and Detroit’s Outlier Media. The partners applied for, and won, a $234,000 grant from Google’s News Initiative Innovation Challenge. The newsrooms then invested over $100,000 of their own resources to launch News414 in March 2020.  The partners believe that:

  • Journalism can play a critical role in closing racial disparities in health, education, employment, justice, housing and more. 
  • Information is power. People who are well-informed can more easily access the resources they need, hold leaders to account, and forge solutions to challenges in their communities. 

The News414 Partners bring vast reporting experience, deep community knowledge, and the highest level of professionalism in journalism to this project


To quickly connect with a reporter with questions or news tips, text MKE to 73224.

To share general feedback or inquire about partnerships, contact News414 Project Manager Bevin Christie at (414) 232-3652 or

To connect with individual reporters, editors or other staff members, see our staff page.

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Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service logo

Neighborhood News Service is a project of the Diederich College of Communication and Marquette University and provides comprehensive online local news to help the people and organizations living, working, and serving the Milwaukee community.


Wisconsin Watch

Wisconsin Watch is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that is increasing the quality and quantity of investigative reporting in Wisconsin, while training current and future investigative journalists. Its work fosters an informed citizenry and strengthens democracy.

Outlier Media. Journalism you need texted to your phone.

Outlier Media is a Detroit-based service journalism organization that identifies, reports, and delivers valuable information to empower residents and those in power to account for longstanding problems. Outlier Media developed the SMS text messaging model used by News414 and provided critical technical support and guidance.