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February 15, 2019
What is a news ecosystem?
by Nancy Watzman, illustration by Joyce Rice We admit: the term “news ecosystem” may have a certain hypnotic effect, lighting up circuits in the typical human brain to file under “jargon.” However, at the Democracy Fund,…
July 16, 2019
How City Bureau is making journalism more democratic in Chicago
City Bureau operates three main programs that “model a more democratic way of making media.”…
July 9, 2019
How a hyperlocal startup is “reclaiming and informing the narrative” of North Omaha
North Omaha Information Support for Everyone (NOISE) is a hyperlocal news initiative formed by and for Omaha’s predominantly black northside neighborhood.
July 9, 2019
Wyncote Foundation Report: How Local Media is Building Stronger Communities
This series of short profiles comes from the Wyncote Foundation’s 2019 Building Stronger Communities Through Media report, which we're republishing here over the next few months, with their permission.
June 7, 2019
Five tips for successful collaborations between newsrooms and researchers
Illustration by Melinda Szekeres By Jessica Mahone Relationships between newsrooms and researchers can make local journalism better. But it takes work, listening and regular communication. Those were some of the…
April 19, 2019
Losing a Friend of Journalism
Last night, Lyra McKee was killed. She was a 29-year-old freelance journalist in Northern Ireland who had spent much of her career covering the impact of her country’s long…
March 25, 2019
Apply now for North Carolina disaster relief information and engagement grants
Photo of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station by astronaut Alexander Gerst, creative commons/flickr.com In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, communities across Eastern North Carolina are beginning to heal…
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.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