MacKinnon moved to Wyoming in 1979 to follow the coal industry from Appalachia and became the editor of the Casper Star-Tribune. Twelve years later, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation helped her create WyoFile, a non-profit new site that relies on three staff writers, reader donations and grants. The articles can be read on almost any device and can be republished for free.
"At news sites like WyoFile, reporters and editors still believe people can decide their own fate, and even the fate of the nation, given good information," MacKinnon writes. "The U.S. needs encounters between the local and the national, fed by local and national reporting on real local and national issues. . . . Local, passionate journalism matters. WyoFile’s metrics show swaths of readers living in New York and D.C. The word can get out. People can see what's happening. They can take action."(Read more)