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.

January 19, 2022

Meet the Ecosystem Builders: A unique group of leaders transforming local news

They are the “green shoots” of news ecosystems, willing to experiment in new projects or help introduce collaboration and new ways of working to legacy 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.

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  • Ecosystems Toolkit

    A Guide to Assessing Your Local News Ecosystem By Teresa…

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  • Start-up Guide

    For Profit, Nonprofit and Beyond: Considerations for Media Start-ups By…

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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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