Canopy Atlanta is a community-led, nonprofit journalism project founded in 2020.


We’re equipping and partnering with Atlantans in the metro area to report about the issues their communities care about most, telling stories directly responsive to neighborhood needs, partnering with existing community information systems, and building those neighborhoods’ capacity to keep obtaining information from records, public officials, or archives.


For our first issue in West End, more than 50 neighborhood residents helped us choose, produce, and present the issue’s stories, in collaboration with established journalists.


Each Canopy Atlanta issue will focus on a different neighborhood in metro Atlanta’s five core counties, plus a newsletter that covers the region. We’re currently fundraising for the next year. Want us to bring this project to your neighborhood? Consider a donation to help us get there.


The community helps us choose story topics in each issue, through phone conversations, social media, and other innovative engagement tools. A paid community advisory board helps us refine story angles.


To tell those stories, we pay and train residents—our Canopy Fellows—to tell their community’s stories through words, photos, sound, and more in collaboration with established storytellers.


When we release each issue, we don’t hit publish and leave. We present those stories in and with the community through live events and partnerships.