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June 20, 2018
How we know journalism is good for democracy
Updated September 2022: This research review has become a critical guide for funders, policymakers, communities, and journalists who care about creating a healthier democracy.
May 23, 2023
What we learned from almost 10 years of the Local News Lab: Transformative grantmaking means letting go
We wanted to make visible what is possible when a funder trusts its partners, and gives them the freedom to dream and, importantly, the resources to act.
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.
June 7, 2021
How to listen during a pandemic and other lessons from recent local news ecosystem research
Central to all of these lessons is the understanding that research itself can be an investment in a community.
December 16, 2020
Why I’m hopeful about local news in 2021
It’s time to put our hope, our dollars, and our support behind the people and solutions that were there all along. It is time to listen.
December 7, 2020
Courtney Hurtt is building a better future for nonprofit newsrooms via NewsMatch. Here’s how.
"I love the opportunity to see at scale how they’re answering the question of 'How do I sustain my organization?'"…
October 28, 2020
How 6 Alaska newsrooms facing major budget cuts built a fundraising campaign together
A young bald eagle flies over Kachemak Bay in southern Alaska. Photo by Andy Morffew used under Creative Commons. Editors’ Note: This is part of an occasional series highlighting…
Let The Lab Guide You.
Here at the Lab we experimented with new models of collaboration, community engagement, and sustainability. To share what we learned, we created a set of lab reports that are packed with ideas and practical tools for local newsrooms. These are not regularly updated but are still full of useful information.See all guides
A Guide to Assessing Your Local News Ecosystem By Teresa…Read the guide
For Profit, Nonprofit and Beyond: Considerations for Media Start-ups By…Read the guide
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