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Local innovation

The Local Innovation channel chronicles the efforts of media organizations to make the transition to sustainable digital publishing.

Here's where you'll read stories about the transformation of local and regional journalism, learn more about our teaching in the Poynter Local News Innovation Program, and join the conversation in our newsletter, Local Edition.

The Local News Innovation channel is supported in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative.

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Samantha Bee's solution for making money on local news? Lottery tickets

Add Samantha Bee to the list of media thinkers with a scheme to make money in local journalism. On this week's episode of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," the "Daily Show" alumna became the latest late-night comedian to give journalism a boost. But, rather than put out a call for donations like her colleague John Oliver, Bee opted for … Read More
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Campbell Brown on filter bubbles, fake news and Facebook's role in the news industry

Before she became Facebook's Head of News Partnerships, Campbell Brown had to deal with a low-tech filter bubble. As a host on CNN, she was competing every night with the likes of left-leaning MSNBC and right-leaning Fox News. Battling low ratings, she left her 8 p.m. slot in 2010 with a rare hat tip to her partisan competitors. "I … Read More
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Despite closing expansion site, Charlotte Agenda plans to book $1 million this year

One of the brightest lights in local journalism suffered a setback late last year when Raleigh Agenda, the sister site of Charlotte Agenda, closed its doors after failing to find a sustainable business model. But the closure of the site didn't prevent the parent company from banking a comfortable profit in 2016, said Ted Williams, Charlotte Agenda's cofounder and … Read More
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This video editing app is a good way to use that time you waste on your phone

During the past few weeks, I've talked with my colleague Ren LaForme about two video tools: one for making videos interactive and one for shooting with your phone. We're going to stay with easy things you can do yourself with video for a bit longer. What's our tool this week? The first week we talked about … Read More
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The Texas Tribune is using a Facebook Messenger bot to reach new audiences

Starting this week, people who want to know more about the Texas legislature have a new way to get information: a Facebook Messenger bot named Paige. The Texas Tribune's experiment is named after the legislative pages who run information back and forth, said Amanda Zamora, chief audience officer. "They're your errand person," she said. "...It was sort of a nice … Read More
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6 questions to guide the way you engage with your audience

Audience engagement is more than just a buzzword — it's an essential part of journalism. By focusing on three topic areas — transparency, listening and outreach — you can build trust and engagement with audiences in today’s political landscape. Here's a checklist to help you get started with meaningful audience engagement from Jennifer Brandel, founder and CEO of Hearken: … Read More
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Local Edition: What skills do you need to stay in journalism?

This article originally appeared in our weekly newsletter, Local Edition. Are you part of the conversation? Join in here! This week, I talked with two Southern journalists. One's a seasoned pro. The other's in the early stages of her career. Before long, one had advice for the other. "Honestly, and this sucks but I’m gonna say it, you just have to … Read More
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Local Edition: Take your vacation, invest in your staff, acknowledge good work and other tips for avoiding burnout

"Why are you still a journalist?” was a heavy place to start this ongoing conversation, I know. But wherever you are in your career, think back to the people you started with. Are they still around? In 2000, a few weeks after graduating from college, I joined the Peace Corps. There’s no journalism program for Peace Corps volunteers. But I knew … Read More
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This Mississippi paper has 8 times more digital readers than print, so they're cutting print to 3 days a week

Earlier this week, the Hattiesburg American announced a big change: Starting next month, they're cutting print from seven days a week down to three. Nathan Edwards, president of the Hattiesburg American, wrote on Wednesday about the change as a way to build on a digital-first approach to the news. Our research shows subscribers are increasingly choosing to access … Read More
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After punishing layoffs, New Jersey journalists start up their own local newspaper

Montclair is a New Jersey bastion of the Trump-doubting privileged class that went back to the future Thursday with an imperiled species: a new broadsheet newspaper. But, if Trump could wind up president, who says a broadsheet Lazarus can't rise from the media ashes and make it somewhere? The weekly Montclair Local debuted in the 36,000-person bedroom community of New … Read More
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No budget for big video cameras? Just use your phone (and this app)

Last week, Poynter's Ren LaForme told us about a free and easy tool for making video interactive. We're going to stick with video this week and learn about an app that gives you a lot more shooting power. LaForme and I spoke via Skype. Our conversation was edited for length. What are we learning about this week? So … Read More
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Two Detroit projects get $2.3 million to expand local reporting

The Knight Foundation announced Wednesday $2.3 million in combined funding for two projects aimed at expanding local reporting in the Detroit area. The Detroit Journalism Cooperative, which includes Detroit Public Television, Detroit Public Radio, Michigan Radio, New Michigan Media and the Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine, will get $1.48 million "to connect the voices of Detroit’s residents with … Read More
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Since Facebook made Crowdtangle free, more than 150 local newsrooms have adopted it

In November of last year, Facebook bought CrowdTangle. As of March, the tool is being used in 520 local newsrooms, and CrowdTangle expects that number to climb to 600 by April. "I think there are a lot of changes happening in the local news industry right now," said CrowdTangle CEO Brandon Silverman. That's been true in print for … Read More
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Local Edition: '...Local journalism scares the sh*t out of me right now'

Hey, it’s boss week here at Local Edition. This week, we’re going to spend a little time with a Florida editor who doesn’t fit many molds (started as a designer, doesn’t care for sandy beaches, etc.) As a reminder, this is week three in our four-week conversation about why we’re still in journalism. (You can … Read More
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