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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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Listening Post has expanded to 7 cities. Here's a free guide to bring it to yours.

The video starts with a close-up of the mayor and his Charlie Brown Christmas tie. "Alright, hi everybody," a voice says from offscreen. The mayor folds and unfolds his hands. "This is Kelly from Jersey Shore Hurricane News. Today I'm sitting down with Brick (Township) Mayor John Ducey and asking him the questions that you submitted for our … Read More
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Local Edition: Do the best ideas come from inside the newsroom?

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. KPCC wanted to discover stories that weren’t getting told in the media. So the Southern California public radio station reached out with a simple request: tell us your story. Read More
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Why do local independent news sites die?

After returning to Davidson, North Carolina from a year-long trip to Asia in 2006, David Boraks decided to start blogging about his neighborhood. At the time, the nearby daily paper had pulled back from his area, and Boraks felt his neighborhood was going undercovered, he said. His blog eventually became DavidsonNews.Net, and he later launched CorneliusNews.Net, a similar … Read More
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Across the United States, NPR is reorganizing its member stations around regional hubs

NPR's top news executive announced plans to roll out a regional hub system at a speech for the Public Radio News Directors convention in Miami on Friday. Michael Oreskes, NPR's senior vice president for news and editorial director, told news directors that he envisions, "more than four and less than 12 hubs around the country." The hubs would be staffed … Read More
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This free tool will help you make beautiful timelines

Timelines are a great way to make your stories visual, and there are several tools to help you build them. This week, we explore a free, easy way to build beautiful, interactive timelines. Hare: Hey! So I’ve been using Grammarly and loving it (minus the way it harasses me about Oxford commas, which it’s intent on doing.) What’s … Read More
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Local Edition: Lessons on newsroom culture from the library

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. Gina Sheridan's Tumblr is a hilarious peek into life as a librarian. She finds and collects stories from other librarians about odd notes written into … Read More
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McClatchy is beginning to launch podcasts at its regional papers

When Justin Mitchell brings his podcast guests into Biloxi's Sun Herald newsroom, they head for a small storage room crammed with metal filing cabinets. The labels on those cabinets include "1984 World's Fair," "Parrot Head" and "UFO Sightings." Mitchell, the Herald's social media editor, opens up his laptop and starts a videoconference with Jordan-Marie Smith and Davin Coburn in Washington, … Read More
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This tool will catch your grammar mistakes (and harass you about Oxford commas)

Did you spell that word right? Is that an independent clause? That's not a dangling participle, is it? This week, we explore a tool that can help you catch those grammar mistakes. Hare: Hey! So, what’s our tool this week? LaForme: I want to do something a little different this week, in that I’m going to share a tool that … 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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