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- 06/11/14--12:14: _Welcome to the Lab
- 07/15/14--12:37: _Why Dodge Supports ...
- 08/13/14--13:14: _The Ann Arbor Chron...
- 09/23/14--07:23: _Striking a Balance ...
- 10/30/14--08:35: _Unlocking the Secre...
- 01/21/15--11:15: _Support Watchdog Re...
- 02/03/15--06:04: _Impact is Not a Fou...
- 04/23/15--05:39: _5 Ideas to Steal fr...
- 05/06/15--11:42: _Rebuilding the Infr...
- 06/30/15--06:03: _A Bold Step Toward ...
- 07/23/15--06:34: _Journalism That Con...
- 12/02/15--09:28: _From #GivingTuesday...
- 02/05/16--07:00: _Rethinking Philanth...
- 10/12/16--15:27: _Diverse, Inclusive ...
- 07/22/15--09:09: _How We Are Working ...
- 10/27/15--20:02: _How National News O...
- 03/29/17--12:56: _Join Us in Expandin...
- 03/31/17--06:09: _Local Fix: $12 Mill...
- 06/09/17--11:43: _Local Fix: Disaster...
- 06/20/17--07:33: _Why Democracy Fund ...
- 06/11/14--12:14: Welcome to the Lab
- 08/13/14--13:14: The Ann Arbor Chronicle and the Role of Philanthropy
- 10/30/14--08:35: Unlocking the Secrets to Foundation Funding
- 01/21/15--11:15: Support Watchdog Reporting in New Brunswick
- 02/03/15--06:04: Impact is Not a Four Letter Word
- 04/23/15--05:39: 5 Ideas to Steal from ProPublica
- 05/06/15--11:42: Rebuilding the Infrastructure for Independent Media
- 06/30/15--06:03: A Bold Step Toward Community-Driven Journalism
- 07/23/15--06:34: Journalism That Connects Us
- 12/02/15--09:28: From #GivingTuesday to #GivingNewsDay
- 02/05/16--07:00: Rethinking Philanthropy to Support Local News
- 10/12/16--15:27: Diverse, Inclusive & Informed:
- 07/22/15--09:09: How We Are Working with Universities to Strengthen Local Journalism
- 03/29/17--12:56: Join Us in Expanding Support for Local News
- 06/20/17--07:33: Why Democracy Fund is Supporting Collaborative Reporting Projects
The Local News Lab is a website launched by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to document and share our work and lessons learned around the sustainability of local journalism. Although our focus is the New Jersey news and information ecosystem, we hope that this website will serve as both a resource and source of conversation for […]
Today’s Nieman Lab post on WFMU‘s new Audience Engine explains how WFMU wants to “build open tools to help radio stations (and others) raise money and build community.” The article also mentions the Dodge Foundation as a prominent supporter – we have given a total of $400,000 to help build the Audience Engine. Why have we invested so […]
Photo of Dave Askins and Mary Morgan in 2012 by Michael Andersen (via Nieman Lab) Perhaps you heard the news that The Ann Arbor Chronicle announced it was closing its doors on September 2, which is six years to the day that it launched. Husband and wife team Dave Askins and Mary Morgan noted that […]
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently made a $1 million grant to WNYC to support comprehensive coverage of health issues. Specifically, the grant is to “create a health unit at the station to cover three core areas—healthy living and wellness, health care economics and policy, and medical science and discovery—through a blend of high-impact investigative […]
For media and journalism organizations, understanding how to get and keep funding from philanthropic foundations is often a mystery. Part of the problem is that foundations on the whole need to be more transparent. Period. This post – in fact this whole website – is one of the ways we’re trying to be more transparent. But also understand […]
Local, hard-hitting watchdog journalism is alive and kicking in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The team behind New Brunswick Today is taking on some of the area’s most important stories, covering city corruption, making government more transparent, and giving diverse communities across the city a voice. Since 2011, this independent, bilingual community news organization has been […]
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Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of nonprofit organizations more than when a funder asks about impact. Foundations demand that nonprofits measure and understand the impact of their work, but rarely give their grantees the resources to do that kind of evaluation. On top of that, many foundations have a low tolerance for risk or […]
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(For News Organizations of Any Size) Sometimes we get candid feedback from journalism organizations that they do not have the capacity or resources to try some of the new ideas and tools we highlight on the Local News Lab and in the weekly Local Fix newsletter. We understand. There are many chicken and egg situations […]
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Much of the work we’ve been doing over the past year has focused on creative experiments designed to help local news sites develop community-driven products and services beyond local advertising. We believe that sustainability of local news demands deep models of community engagement and a diversity of revenue streams. However, at a recently gathering, one journalist argued that no […]
“In an age of participatory media, news demands participation. Or to quote Benjamin Barber, ‘People are apathetic because they are powerless, not powerless because they are apathetic.’ For people to pay attention to an important story, it’s possible that we need to work to make it possible for people to have an impact on the […]
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A New Experiment with the Center for Investigative Reporting At the Dodge Foundation, we just gave a first-time grant to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) for a collaborative investigative reporting project here in New Jersey. I’ve been an admirer of CIR for a while now, not just for the quality and impact of its […]
By Molly de Aguiar and Josh Stearns Today is Giving Tuesday, which has become a juggernaut in philanthropy raising $46 million for thousands of charities in under 24 hours last year. Image by Molly de Aguiar That is a 63 percent increase over 2013. This comes at a time when charitable giving is on the rise […]
Lessons from the Local News Lab — Part Five This is part five of six essays documenting what we have learned about building new networks for local news and fostering more creative, sustainable and community driven journalism. Read part one, part two, part three, and part four. By Molly de Aguiar and Josh Stearns of the Geraldine […]
What It Will Take To Build the Future of Journalism Photo by John Dahl, distributed via Creative Commons Holding a mirror to society, speaking truth to power and producing coverage and storytelling that can potentially build bridges between people and communities are critical functions I’ve always considered a part of journalism’s DNA. This is how newsrooms […]
By Molly de Aguiar and Josh Stearns Across the country, people are taking a fresh look at the role of universities in the journalism landscape and as critical anchor institutions for helping meet community information needs. A lot of attention has been focused on journalism schools as producers of original reporting and their potential to […]
The Knight Foundation is Investing in National-Local Collaborations Through Five Recent Grants. In New Jersey we are developing a statewide model for a more connected, inclusive, sustainable news ecosystem. We’ve been lucky to have the Knight Foundation as partners in that work. Early on, Knight believed in the networked approach we are taking to connect legacy […]
We are at a pivotal moment for local news ecosystems. Alongside an accelerating erosion of journalism’s traditional business model, journalists are facing unprecedented attacks, legal tests, and a lack of trust from all sides. While some newsrooms have seen a spike in donations and subscriptions in response to this moment, there are still a huge […]
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 are going to start with a bit of news… Our Commitment to an Independent Free Press This week Democracy Fund and First Look Media announced $12 million in […]
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: A Test Kitchen for Funding Local News Philadelphia’s Lenfest Institute recently announced $1 million to fund new efforts in […]
Collaboration is an essential element for healthy news ecosystems. The relationships that develop through collaboration are the glue that help make local news more connected, responsive, and resilient. Indeed, Democracy Fund sees collaboration, not just with other newsrooms, but also with our communities, as key to the sustainability of local news. Through reporting partnerships we […]