Our mission

To hold government accountable through objective, balanced, citizen-focused public journalism with a taxpayer sensibility. Our work allows all readers to understand the impact and importance of governmental issues in their own backyard.

Our vision

To build and sustain a 50-state digital hub and newswire service that delivers high-quality journalism with velocity, frequency and consistency – journalism allowing readers to connect to issues within their statehouse, across their state and in their hometown across multiple platforms.

Our values

The Franklin News Foundation supports and funds public-interest journalism at the state and local levels. Franklin is dedicated to the principles of transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility through our newswire, The Center Square. Our journalists highlight the presence and absence of fiscal responsibility in government through reporting that is objective and moves rapidly within the daily news cycle. Our work shines the bright light of transparency into government’s darkest corners, and reveals the truth about mismanagement and overreach. The reporting we support changes the world for the better, exposing damaging public policies, leading to investigations, and prompting regulatory reforms and legislative changes.

About The Center Square 

The Center Square was launched in May 2019 to fulfill the need for high-quality, publicly available statehouse and statewide news across the United States.

The Center Square is staffed by editors and reporters with extensive professional journalism experience. We engage readers with essential news, data and analysis – delivered with velocity, frequency and consistency.

The focus of our work is state- and local-level government and economics. We relate this information in timely, straightforward dispatches. A taxpayer sensibility distinguishes our work from other coverage of state and local issues. As a result of this approach, our readers are better informed about the focus of state and local government and its cost to the citizens whose tax dollars fund governmental decisions.

The Center Square is a project of the 501(c)(3) Franklin News Foundation, headquartered in Chicago.