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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,…
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…
March 20, 2019
A new Spanish-language site in North Carolina focuses on serving Latinx community
Paola Jaramillo and Walter Gómez cofounded the nonprofit Enlace Latino NC with ambitious aims: To provide a digital-first service for North Carolina's Spanish-speaking residents covering legislative and government policy on…
March 4, 2019
Journalism’s Dunbar number: Audience scales, community does not.
This guest post by Damon Kiesow, Knight Chair at The Missouri School of Journalism, was originally posted at Medium. It has been republished here with permission. News is not…
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 …
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Focus Groups Guide
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