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Lenfest Institute will offer $1 million this year to fund entrepreneurial projects that sustain journalism

The well-heeled Lenfest Institute for Journalism in Philadelphia plans to distribute $1 million over the rest of this year to support local news innovation projects and individual "entrepreneurs-in-residence." The money will be distributed through an open application process that begins today. Executive Director Jim Friedlich said that two "buckets" with three distinct programs are planned: Experimental grants of up … Read More
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A proposed bill in New Jersey could create an AmeriCorps for journalists

A bill to strengthen and support local journalism in New Jersey was introduced Thursday, Nick Muscavage reported for MyCentralJersey.com. If passed, funding from the bill would create a Civic Information Consortium made up of several state universities, including Rutgers University and Montclair State University, as well as nonprofits and media companies. Here's how it would work: The Civic … Read More
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This tool will help you keep tabs on what's happening in local government

Last week, we introduced a tool that will help you figure out how your DSLR camera works. This week, we're focusing on a tool that can help shrinking newsrooms keep up with local and state government. Kristen Hare: So, what are we trying this week? Ren LaForme: Late last week, I was looking back on all of the … Read More
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Local Edition: How can newsrooms keep good culture and fix bad culture?

This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. Last week, I saw a lot of news that made me shout out “that’s newsroom culture!” (My family already thinks I’m pretty strange, so they didn’t react much.) Here’s … Read More
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What keeps editors and publishers up at night? We asked.

Worries of impending layoffs, the frustrating search for a viable business model, concerns with all the stories they're missing thanks to smaller newsrooms. Sound familiar? This week, a group of 21 newspapers from around the country spent a few days at Poynter as part of the Local News Innovation program. (Disclosure: That project was funded by the Knight-Lenfest … Read More
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This tool will help you figure out how your fancy camera actually works

For all the digital tools that can make your work better (and your life easier), some things are hard to perfect. This week, we try out a tool that will help you decode a classic you may still have sitting around. Kristen Hare: Hey! What are we talking about today? Ren LaForme: Let me start by asking you a question. Read More
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After Google and Facebook scarf down most of the local ad pie, there's still $12 billion left

It is old news by now that Google and Facebook hog most of local digital ad spending. And Facebook, especially, has kept growing its share 50 percent year-over-year at the expense of newspapers and other local media. But analyst Gordon Borrell in his latest benchmark report on local digital revenues suggests an alternate view: Even after the digital giants … Read More
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Want to bring in younger audiences? Partner with your local library.

You can read any story about the future of libraries and substitute the word "newsroom" for "library" and many of the stories are still applicable. The same is true in reverse: substitute the word library in thought pieces about the evolution of news in our digital age, and many of them still make … Read More
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Local Edition: Stop waiting for your newsroom culture to change itself

This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. On a job interview years ago, an intern took me on a tour of the building. While we walked, she told me about some of the history. Eventually, she … Read More
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