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February 15, 2019
What is a news ecosystem?
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,…
February 12, 2019
NewsMatch 2018 raises $7.6 million, fueling growth in local news and investigative journalism.
GroundTruth Project, Civil Beat, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, inewsource The last month has been a difficult one for journalism in America. In a span of just two weeks roughly …
February 11, 2019
Show don’t tell: continuing a legacy in journalism
How the Colorado Media Project will work to strengthen local news Sanford “Whitey” Watzman at his desk at The Cleveland Plain Dealer, sometime in the 1950s. This post…
November 8, 2018
This Wilmington, NC project is using stories to link communities and develop solutions
“I love public records, documents, data, ways to connect narratives to empiricism” This blog post is part of an ongoing series sharing stories from North Carolina Local News Lab…
November 2, 2018
Four tips for local newsrooms to tap into employee matching gift programs
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash By Gabe Schneider NewsMatch, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign for nonprofit news, kicks off this week, but there are many other…
November 1, 2018
Collaboration is key for investigative reporting, Carolina Public Press founder says
“We view ourselves as a tool for North Carolinians seeking in-depth and investigative reporting.” This blog post is part of an ongoing series sharing stories from North Carolina Local…
November 1, 2018
A bold funder collaboration focuses on supporting journalism that strengthens Democracy
NewsMatch 2018 launches with new funders, new newsrooms, new chances to support local news and investigative reporting, and more than $3 million in matching dollars for nonprofit news organizations.
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