Local News Lab

A project of Democracy Fund

A project of Democracy Fund

Welcome to the Lab

The Local News Lab is dedicated to creative experiments in journalism sustainability. We believe the future of local news depends on creating new kinds of collaboration between journalists, newsrooms, and communities. The Lab is a project of Democracy Fund.

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April 20, 2017

How New Hampshire Public Radio Created a Podcast About Civics That People Want to Listen to


In times of confusion, go back to the basics. That was, more or less, the thinking behind Civics 101, the explainer podcast by New Hampshire Public…

Let The Lab Guide You.

Here at the Lab we are constantly experimenting with new models of collaboration, community engagement, and sustainability. To share what we are learning we created a set of lab reports that are packed with ideas and practical tools for local newsrooms.

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  • Events Guide

    Journalism Live: How News Events Foster Engagement and Expand Revenue…

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  • Newsletters Guide

    Newsletters as News Products: A Guide for Local Newsrooms…

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  • Crowdfunding Guide

    Lessons on Building Lasting Revenue and Relationships through Crowdfunding Campaigns…

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