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April 14, 2017

Local Fix: Community Verification, Winning, Experiment Time

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 one good idea…
One Good Idea: Launch that Newsletter
If you’ve been thinking about launching a newsletter, or need some help with one you already have, this upcoming webinar from Mediashift will help you learn some best practices to design, launch, and measure it. For some more tips, don’t miss our newsletter guide on the Local News Lab.

A Little Help From My Friends (and Audience)

In 2015 Josh Stearns (co-editor here at the Local Fix) wrote that “newsrooms should train their communities in verification, news literacy, and eyewitness media.” This week, after he won a Pulitzer, David Fahrenthold thanked his Twitter followers who helped him report on the Trump Foundation. While Fahrenthold is perhaps the most visible example of this kind of teamwork, other newsrooms also are working with their audiences to report, fact-check and debunk claims, live events and false stories.

Celebrating Local Wins

Several Pulitzer Prize winners this week showcased the need and importance of local news. Since we’re often surrounded by doom and gloom, we think it’s important to celebrate and appreciate the high points, too. Here are a few of our favorite articles about local winners from this week:

Time for Some Experiments

Ready for some inspiration? Take a click through some of these different projects that have all reimagined what products journalists can create beyond traditional stories when they think audience-first.

Have a good weekend,
Josh and Teresa
@jcstearns, @gteresa

The Local Fix is a project of the Democracy Fund’s Public Square Program, which invests in innovations and institutions that are reinventing local media and expanding the public square. Disclosure: Some projects mentioned in this newsletter may be funded by Democracy Fund, you can find a full list of the organizations we support on our website.