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August 1, 2018
$500,000 goes to 10 North Carolina projects redefining the future of local news
En Español How can we help local news survive, transform, and thrive? This question will not be answered by one person, one organization, or one innovation.
August 17, 2018
Se destinan $500.000 a 10 proyectos de Carolina del Norte que redefinen el futuro de las noticias locales
En Inglés ¿Cómo podemos ayudar a que las noticias locales sobrevivan, se transformen y prosperen? Esta pregunta no será respondida por una persona, una organización…
July 31, 2018
Five lessons from mentoring newsrooms in times of change
“The answer to some of these problems has to be putting in the time, and connecting people who together can build something great.” (Photo via CC/wocintechchat) By Marty…
July 5, 2018
Experiment shows that expert comments can increase news credibility
Illustration by Melinda Szekeres By Jessica Mahone, Democracy Fund Public Square Research Associate Conversations between academic research and local newsrooms are often siloed. Interesting and useful findings from research…
June 29, 2018
Local Fix: Wendi, Rebecca, John, Rob, Gerald
We are stunned and heartbroken by the news out of Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette yesterday. Regardless of motive, an attack…
June 20, 2018
How we know journalism is good for democracy
According to new data being released later this month, at least 900 communities across the United States have faced profound erosion in their access to local news…
June 19, 2018
Collaborate and stay with the story: lessons from North Carolina’s local news on a major water contamination story
‘Getting high-quality information to people is a community endeavor, not a media challenge alone’ By Melanie Sill NC Local is a weekly email newsletter aimed at connecting people across…
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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.See all guides
Focus Groups Guide
Conducting Focus Groups to Understand Local News Audiences By Jessica…Read the guide
Journalism Live: How News Events Foster Engagement and Expand Revenue…Read the guide
Newsletters as News Products: A Guide for Local Newsrooms…Read the guide
Lessons on Building Lasting Revenue and Relationships through Crowdfunding Campaigns…Read the guide