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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September 25, 2017

Journalists need to learn how to ask for money: Lessons from Berkeleyside’s DPO


Screenshot from invest.berkeleyside.com By Nancy Watzman, Dot Connector Studio Director of Strategic Initiatives Berkeleyside, the eight-year-old for-profit “local newspaper without the paper…

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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  • Focus Groups Guide

    Conducting Focus Groups to Understand Local News Audiences By Jessica…

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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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