New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and the news publications its residents read and consume reflect that diversity. The Mayor's Office of Ethnic and Community Media (MOECM) promotes City services and programs through partnerships with a diverse array of media outlets and CBOs/Nonprofits that serve people across the five boroughs.
The MOECM, the first Mayoral Office of its kind in the United States, was established by Local Law 83 of 2021, which requires that Mayoral Agencies spend at least half of their advertising revenue on Ethnic and Community Media (ECM) outlets.
The MOECM facilitates connections between Ethnic and Community Media outlets, and City agencies, and Mayoral offices; advises the Mayor on communicating information to the public; oversees the Local Law 83 ECM advertising spending requirement; manages the citywide marketing directory, and publishes an annual report on advertising spending by Mayoral Agencies and for the Mayor and the Speaker.
Ethnic and Community Media outlets are defined as newspapers, websites, and broadcast media outlets that serve communities of people based on factors like native language, race, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability or immigrant status; and outlets that target discrete neighborhoods, geographic regions, or populations within the city rather than the city as a whole.