Our History

Media in the Public Interest is the affiliate non-profit organization of Public News Service (PNS), an AP-style news service providing multiplatform news stories to 8,000 news outlets across the country, reaching an estimated potential weekly audience of 50 million.

The organization was developed by the founders of PNS who soon realized non-profits and grassroots organizations needed help to more effectively interact with journalists. A separate organization would keep the strategic communications work separate from the editorial work of PNS – thus, in 2003 Media in the Public Interest was founded.

MPI offers programs and services that help 1,000s of advocates nationwide communicate with greater impact, and connect journalists to often marginalized spokespeople to broaden public understanding on the critical issues of our day. By partnering with PNS, MPI has helped launch independent public interest news co-ops in five states.