General news media can apply for support for local journalism in areas that lack or have poor journalistic coverage. The grants are technology-neutral and can be applied for by general news media, regardless of content or form of distribution. The Media Support Committee considers the application for support. Grants are awarded for initiatives relating to journalistic coverage, which means that a news medium launches, expands or maintains journalistic coverage of an area that lacks or has poor coverage. The purpose is to strengthen local journalism in such areas. An application for a local journalism grant can be made for initiatives regarding journalistic coverage of geographical areas with poor coverage. The purpose is to strengthen local journalism in areas that currently lack or have weak journalistic coverage. An area primarily consists of a municipality but can also be part of a municipality or several contiguous municipalities. Local journalism grants are awarded annually and may amount to a maximum of sek 2 millon per area.
The number of areas without journalistic coverage has decreased