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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,…
August 13, 2019
How NJ Spotlight is filling gaps in New Jersey state policy news
This case study on how NJ Spotlight is filling gaps in New Jersey state policy news is from the Wyncote Foundation’s 2019 Building Stronger Communities Through Media report. It is…
August 7, 2019
Community publications have a chance to carry the best of their pasts into the future
Some of North Carolina’s remaining independent, for-profit news publishers share their early successes and needs as they look to the future by Melanie Sill NC Local is a weekly email…
July 30, 2019
How Minnesota-based Mizna elevates Arab and Arab-American voices through storytelling
Mizna is a nonprofit cultural organization that celebrates Arab-American culture and its multifaceted contemporary voices and representations.
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 12, 2019
Local Fix: The Defender, Alt-Weeklies and How to Ask for Help
Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news. But first, we always begin with…
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.
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Focus Groups Guide
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