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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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This tool will put captions on your video for you

Editor's note: This is the latest in a series of articles that highlight digital tools for journalists. You can read the others here. Poynter's Ren LaForme and I have spent several weeks exploring cheap or free tools journalists can use. First, we spent some time on video tools, then a few weeks on tools that can keep … Read More
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Facebook will start training local journalists and newsrooms

Facebook started 2017 with a road trip down South to meet with local journalists. As those trips continue, the social media giant announced another level of in-real-life engagement on Thursday — a training and support pilot program for local legacy and online newsrooms. Through a partnership with the Knight Foundation (which funds my position covering local news) Facebook … Read More
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Layoffs come to the East Bay Times after Pulitzer win

Earlier this month, the staff of the East Bay Times won a Pulitzer Prize for their breaking news coverage of the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire. Last week, their editor informed them of coming newsroom layoffs. "The timing's unfortunate coming after the Pulitzers, but the alternative would be not to have told people as soon as we knew what … Read More
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Local Edition: Journalists need to unlearn 'we are the authority.' 'We are not.'

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. What do you need to unlearn to stay in journalism? This week, two journalists named almost exactly the same thing. That’s not rare, but it struck me as interesting … Read More
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This tool will help you clean up after your online footprints

This article is part of an ongoing series on digital tools for journalists. We've spent the past few weeks talking about tools for keeping reporters and their sources safe. This week, Poynter's Ren LaForme is focusing on a tool that will help you find which information about you is on the internet, what you may want to … Read More
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Poynter picks 21 news organizations to participate in local news innovation program

Poynter on Thursday announced a final list of 21 local news organizations that will participate in the Poynter Local News Innovation Project, receiving guidance from the Institute to help them transform their newsrooms into digital-first enterprises. The program, a project of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, is designed to spur digital transformation in local news organizations and will include tiny, … Read More
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Is there an untapped market for print in local journalism? No, seriously.

A few months ago, staff at The Minneapolis Star Tribune did something journalists don't always have the time to do: think way ahead. One year in advance, staff photographers shot images of the Minnesota winter for next winter's StarTribune Magazine. The quarterly magazine debuted Sunday, marking a new product for a newsroom that's worked hard over the last … Read More
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One Fusion editor is taking road trips around the country to work with local journalists

After the election, after a tough round of layoffs at Fusion, features editor Nona Willis Aronowitz pitched an idea to her higher-ups. She wanted to get out of the office. "I was doing a little bit of soul-searching about what we could do to really be part of this conversation," Aronowitz said. Normally, she said, editors sit behind desks … Read More
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Local Edition: What do journalists need to stop doing to survive?

This article originally ran in Local Edition, our newsletter dedicated to mapping the future of local news, together. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. One of the hardest things for me when I started at Poynter was aggregation. Also Twitter. And writing breaking news as it happened instead of hours after. Read More
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Boston Globe's plan for digital reinvention: Be ready for constant change

The Boston Globe's much-awaited plan for digital reinvention came out Monday in a 3,000-plus word memo from Editor Brian McGrory. The changes, which result from a year of rethinking what they do and how they do it, are similar in many ways to others at newsrooms across the country. The newsroom's day … Read More
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Here's how local newsrooms can collaborate on big projects

Journalists, as competitive and scoop-seeking as we are, have started doing something uncharacteristic. More and more, we're working together. Those partnerships have resulted in big impact and big rewards, including a few Pulitzer Prizes. That happened again in 2017. And this year, one of those collaborations included a local newsroom. Read More
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Local Edition: Journalists, it's time to catch up

This piece originally ran in our newsletter on local news innovation. Sign up here. When I first moved from a daily newspaper to an online news site, someone asked me how that would change my work. Oh, it won’t, I said. It’s the same storytelling, just a different medium. But it did. Of course it did. Because digital … Read More
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Tiny, family-run newspaper wins Pulitzer Prize for taking on big business

If you know Art Cullen, it's not exactly a surprise to learn his initial words upon watching the livestream of the Pulitzer announcements and learning he'd won for editorial writing. "Holy shit," he yelled out to his brother, John, the publisher of the family-run, 10-person Storm Lake (Iowa) Times. The only surprise was that there wasn't a longer string of … Read More
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The journalist who won the Charleston Gazette-Mail's first Pulitzer still does a monthly night cops shift

Eric Eyre was not standing hopefully with coworkers in the newsroom, bottle of grocery store champagne ready, when news broke that he won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. He was barely even in the building. Eyre, a government reporter with the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail, was standing in a hallway by the exit, getting … Read More
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