Between mass consolidation and industry-wide contraction, it’s quite possible that there’s never been a worse climate for local journalism. But hope floats. In the new issue of Atlanta, Heather Buckner spotlights a number of city-based outlets that are striding into the headwinds to fight the good fight.

In just the past five years, Atlanta Civic CircleCapital BCanopy Atlanta, the Atlanta Community Press Collective, and local bureaus of Axios and the national investigative news site ProPublica have all set up shop here. Whereas Whisenhunt is focused on repairing the old-school, community-newspaper model, others are generating new revenue streams; some sell merch, and some, registered as nonprofits, sustain themselves through grant funding. But it’s not just revenue models they’re challenging—they’re changing the way local outlets approach journalism itself.