The Cities Project is a collaboration between seven leading Connecticut journalism organizations who will publish periodic articles exploring challenges and solutions related to revitalizing Connecticut’s cities.  Members of the collaboration are The Connecticut Mirror, Connecticut Public Radio, Hearst Connecticut Media, The Hartford Courant, Republican-American of Waterbury, Hartford Business Journal, and Purple States.  See description of partners, below.

Together these seven media companies will describe they key challenges our cities face, identify solutions that other cities around the country have implemented to address similar challenges, and explore the feasibility of implementing those solutions in Connecticut.

The project is funded in part through a grant from Solutions Journalism Network.

The Connecticut Mirror

The Connecticut Mirror is a nonprofit, non-partisan, independent online publisher of news covering public policy, government, and politics in Connecticut.  We publish daily news and in-depth stories covering elections, the state budget, economic development, education, health care, justice, urban and regional issues, the environment, and the development and implementation of legislation.  Our mission is to inform and engage state residents so they can more effectively participate in the development of public policy, hold public officials accountable for understanding and addressing the state’s needs, promote policy-making transparency, and strengthen our democracy.

Hearst Connecticut Media

Hearst Connecticut Media is Connecticut’s largest local news organization, publishing the daily Connecticut Post, New Haven Register, Stamford Advocate, Danbury News-Times, Norwalk Hour, Greenwich Time, Middletown Press and Torrington Register Citizen, as well as Connecticut Magazine and 13 local weekly newspapers throughout the state.


The Republican-American is a family-owned newspaper based in Waterbury, Conn.  In its fourth generation of leadership under the Pape family, the newspaper today is the result of the combination of two separate newspapers, the Waterbury American and the Waterbury Republican. Devoted to local news, the Republican-American, The Sunday Republican and rep-am.com strive to mirror, engage, inform and serve as community watchdog for Northwest Connecticut and the state. The newspaper reports from more than 36 communities in Greater Waterbury, Litchfield County and the Naugatuck Valley and has been recognized nationally and regionally for excellent reporting and its commitment to quality journalism, with honors including a Pulitzer; a Society of Professional Journalists’ National Sunshine award; winner of the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s Newspaper of the Year four years in a row; and most recently NENPA General Excellence three years running.

Hartford Courant

The Hartford Courant is the oldest continuously published newspaper in America, dating to 1764. Winner of two Pulitzer prizes, the Courant is the largest daily newspaper in Connecticut, with comprehensive coverage of politics, state government, breaking news, the arts, sports and communities across Connecticut.

Purple States

Purple States TV produces video stories that anchor reporting on an issue, a policy, or a political choice in how they affect people and communities.  Purple States series have complemented news coverage by national media, including the New York Times, TIME, USA TODAY, the Wall Street Journal, and Politico.  In partnerships with local media collaboratives, Purple States is using video storytelling with a diverse group of residents to fuel a more pragmatic, informed, inclusive public conversation.