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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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Local Edition: How to train your newsroom when time and money are short

This article 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. Amy Kovac-Ashley's job is a kind of mix between a therapist and a personal trainer. As senior newsroom learning program manager at the American Press Institute, she … Read More
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How are you covering the solar eclipse? This reporter is going camping.

On Friday, Josh Murdock will load his 2006 Jeep Wrangler up with a two-person tent, his mountain bike, two backpacks with clothes, laptops, lots of supplies and all his camera gear. Murdock, a reporter at the Idaho Mountain Express, will miss the newsroom's pancake breakfast on the day of the total solar eclipse. The path of … Read More
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Joseph Lichterman's looking for solutions to journalism's big questions

Joseph Lichterman is a little more than a week into his new job finding solutions for sustainable journalism. But he already has a better sense of the current media landscape than a lot of people. That's because, for more than three years, Lichterman covered the media for Nieman Lab. His new fellowship at The Lenfest Institute for … Read More
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This free tool will help you pause the flood of email with just one click

Ever feel overwhelmed by all that email? This week's tool offers a way to stop it, at least for a bit. Kristen Hare: Hi, Ren! I’m ready for our next tool! And also for my kids to be back in school, but that’s another column. What do you have for us this week? Ren LaForme: I’m going to pull a … Read More
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Local Edition: We need to learn how to find the stories no one else is telling.

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 got an interesting email. Jeff Forward, editor of The Oskaloosa (Iowa) Herald, saw the call for ideas of what people need to learn, how they make … Read More
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This Ohio newsroom is taking on a tough subject in a new way – with a baby shower

Brittany Schock has never organized a baby shower. Until now. It's not a typical baby shower, though. Schock's news organization, Richland Source in Mansfield, Ohio, is holding the grant-funded baby shower to educate mothers, fathers and families in the community about infant mortality and safe sleeping. And like any good shower, those attending on Sept. 9 … Read More
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These free Wayback Machine hacks will make you a better online sleuth

You may already know about a website that lets you peek into the past. This week, we dig into tools on that site that make it easy to save what you find. Hare: Hey, Ren, what are we talking about this week? LaForme: Let’s talk about history. Most people are aware of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. For … Read More
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Is your newsroom in the path of the solar eclipse? How will you cover it?

In 20 days, a solar eclipse will pass over parts of the United States. There are stories up already about where to go see it (and what you'll find in the towns where you visit), if you'll be able to see it where you are and all the other things you'll need to consider that don't involve … Read More
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Local Edition: Journalism is changing fast. What do you need to learn to get ahead?

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. One of the best parts of writing this newsletter is getting two journalists who don't know each other together for a conversation. Sometimes they live in the same city … Read More
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28 newsrooms asked their audiences if they pay for the news. 70 percent said yes.

Seventy percent of respondents to a new survey conducted by 28 newsrooms said they financially support one or more news organization, according to a new report from the Reynolds Journalism Institute's Trusting News Project. In February and March of this year, 28 newsrooms asked their audiences about news organizations they trust, those they distrust and whether they pay for news. Read More
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Don't be the co-worker who sends late-night emails. Use this free tool

It's OK if you work best really late at night or really early in the morning, but your colleagues and sources don't need to. Here's a tool to help you be effective without being annoying. Hare: Hi, Ren! What’s our new tool today? LaForme: I was inspired by a colleague at Poynter who sent out some late-night emails, complete with … Read More
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This veteran Chicago journalist is using an email 'newscast' to keep people informed

For Charlie Meyerson, the word "aggregator" feels a bit bloodless. "It suggests a mechanical process," he said. But there's nothing mechanical about what he does every weekday morning. Meyerson, who previously worked at Chicago's WGN and the Chicago Tribune, scours the news for bits and pieces to share and compiles them in a daily newsletter, Chicago Public … Read More
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With a new local TV program, Cheddar aims to bring Wall Street to Main Street

On Tuesday, News 12 anchor Doug Geed did something that months ago would have been out of the ordinary for his Long Island-based TV station: He tossed the broadcast to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for on-the-spot reporting. Onscreen came Jill Wagner, a journalist at the financial news startup Cheddar. She began reciting a list of … Read More
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