Tag: local news

by Jessica Partnow

Jama Abdirahman is a 22-year-old student at Seattle Central College. He loves photography and the Seahawks. His parents, who are from Somalia, hope he’ll become an engineer. It’s unlikely that Jama would become a journalist. Journalism is dying, right? Plus, people of color made up just 13.34% of US newsrooms in 2014. That’s less than […] more »

by Josh Stearns

The Lo-Down, a six-year-old community news site and monthly magazine on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, just launched a very smart crowdfunding pitch. They are asking their community to help fund a one-year reporting project on the struggles of small businesses in their neighborhood. Here is why I think this is clever: Listening to […] more »

by Molly de Aguiar

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 Local News Lab and in the weekly Local Fix newsletter. We understand. There are many chicken and egg situations when it comes to small, local journalism […] more »

by Josh Stearns

People are hungry for local news and they follow local issues and debates closely. I’ve seen that in my daily work with newsrooms and communities in New Jersey and New York, and it is reinforced in a new report on “Local News in a Digital Age” just released by the Pew Research Center. Using surveys, […] more »

by Jeremy Hay

I’m an outsider trying to work inside a community to launch its own local news organization, the success of which will depend largely on it being organic to the community. I tell people the news service will be here in East Palo Alto. At other times, I say it will be there. I stand in […] more »

by Josh Stearns

This post originally appeared on the Local News Lab. Recently the New York Times introduced their NYT Now mobile news app. In an effort to hook new subscribers they teamed up with Starbucks, offering Starbucks rewards members a 12-week free trial of NYT Now. The Times already offers Starbucks customers access to free articles when […] more »

by David Cohn

For this month’s Carnival of Journalism I am going to invoke the rule of “no apologies” and change the question a bit. Host Steve Outing asks: “What emerging technology or digital trend do you think will have a significant impact on journalism in the year or two ahead?” I don’t think it will be a […] more »

by Martin Moore

It is easy to overestimate the similarities between the U.S. and the U.K. As Oscar Wilde wrote back in 1887, ‘‘We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.” But one of the unfortunate recent similarities has been the parallel crisis in local news, especially at newspapers. In both countries existing […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

So much of the unique knowledge and experiences we acquire through years of living in a community gets spread only by word of mouth, or worse it just stays “locked up” in our heads. But this is great stuff, valuable expert knowledge that can benefit everyone. After all, when it comes to the communities where […] more »

by Kristofs Blaus

SocMap.com (GoMap) is a map-based interface for local news, initiatives, building projects, public hearings and tweets. Our project, which won a 2010 Knight News Challenge grant (GoMap)-riga, is ment to turn a city into a neighborhood, a place where everybody sees and hears his/her friends, can communicate with each other, and have fun based on […] more »