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    This piece was co-authored by Tom Glaisyer and Jennifer Preston at Knight Foundation We believe that journalism is essential to building informed and engaged communities, and that a healthy democracy requires a robust and independent press. For the last decade, as the digital disruption of the traditional business model for journalism has led to deep […]

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    Subscribe to the Local Fix 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… today we have ten. The Online News Association conference is happening this week and there have been […]

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    By Andrea Hart, City Bureau and Molly de Aguiar, News Integrity Initiative Back in August, a journalist based in Birmingham, Alabama, wrote about the then-upcoming primary for the special election to fill an empty Senate seat: “If Roy Moore wins the primary, and the Democratic candidate turns out voters in higher-than-expected numbers, or if GOP voters rest […]

    The post Why we need to build the capacity of newsrooms that reflect and represent the whole community appeared first on Local News Lab.


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    Democracy Fund establishes two new local funds By Teresa Gorman and Josh Stearns Local news is critical to a healthy democracy, and we believe that the future of local news is local. This simple idea has shaped the way Democracy Fund has thought about its work to support and strengthen the public square in America. […]

    The post Local people will create the future of local news appeared first on Local News Lab.


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      The North Carolina Local News Lab Fund is pleased to open its first call for applications. We are looking for ideas from community groups, newsrooms, libraries and anyone who wants to help ensure that all North Carolinians have access to the local news and information they need to make their communities thrive. The Fund […]

    The post Apply to the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund until March 30 appeared first on Local News Lab.


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    En Español How can we help local news survive, transform, and thrive? This question will not be answered by one person, one organization, or one innovation. Instead, it will be answered by local ecosystems that have many players, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, coming together to be greater than the sum of their […]

    The post $500,000 goes to 10 North Carolina projects redefining the future of local news appeared first on Local News Lab.


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    En Inglés ¿Cómo podemos ayudar a que las noticias locales sobrevivan, se transformen y prosperen? Esta pregunta no será respondida por una persona, una organización o una innovación. En cambio, será respondida por ecosistemas locales conformados por muchos integrantes, cada uno con sus fortalezas y debilidades, que se unen para ser más grandes que la […]

    The post Se destinan $500.000 a 10 proyectos de Carolina del Norte que redefinen el futuro de las noticias locales appeared first on Local News Lab.


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    Together, local funders, journalists, citizens begin to reinvent civic-minded news by Melissa Davis, VP  for Strategic Communications at the Gates Family Foundation. Editor’s Note: This piece is cross posted from Trust, Media and Democracy, by the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy, with permission. Democracy Fund Senior Consultant Jason Alcorn of NewsMatch and the Local […]

    The post Boosting Colorado’s local news ecosystem with the Colorado Media Project appeared first on Local News Lab.


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    NewsMatch 2018 launches with new funders, new newsrooms, new chances to support local news and investigative reporting, and more than $3 million in matching dollars for nonprofit news organizations. Something remarkable starts today. Across the country 155 newsrooms are banding together for a year-end campaign to stand up for journalism that strengthens democracy. Today is […]

    The post A bold funder collaboration focuses on supporting journalism that strengthens Democracy appeared first on Local News Lab.


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      By Gabe Schneider NewsMatch, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign for nonprofit news, kicks off this week, but there are many other ways to find matching dollars for your newsroom this fall. Many companies run employee giving programs – including media and technology companies like Disney and AT&T — which can be a great opportunity to […]

    The post Four tips for local newsrooms to tap into employee matching gift programs appeared first on Local News Lab.