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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 journalist created a system to make sure more female experts got on air

    Ros Atkins is a BBC anchor who was tired of "trying" to get more female experts on his programs. Trying was not enough, so he, without any directive from a boss, developed a way to increase the number of women on all BBC programs. In 2017 only 39 percent of the contributors to his program were women. Within five months, 51 percent of the experts and contributors his program included were women.  

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    Learning the ins and outs of the data world in Chicago

    For some journalists, numbers can be daunting. Learning to better assess data can help reveal patterns that might spark a story idea. And often, the information can be transformed into visualizations to help the audience understand a complicated topic.

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    Midterm coverage ideas worth borrowing for 2020

    It’s over. Now life gets back to normal. Just kidding, who has time to be normal? So here are some ideas from local and national newsrooms that you might need for 2020.

    Help people understand the issues: In Boston, public radio station WGBH’s digital team took the election trivia they collected and made it into a “Wheel of Fortune”-style quiz.

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    This street reporting project gives voice to Reno’s homeless

    The stories of people who are homeless are often hidden, a young journalist has learned, and they’re often familiar.

    Jordan Blevins, a journalism student at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, finds a different one each time she and fellow reporter Prince Nesta go looking for subjects in Reno.  

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    Newly launched Local News Initiative at Northwestern joins national effort to support local news

    It's a jarring contradiction: The public has never had better access to news, yet local journalism is suffering a dramatic decline.

    Which means there’s plenty to read and view, but it might not tell us very much.

    On a single day in July, the New York Daily News cut its newsroom staff in half. The next month, Pittsburgh became the biggest American city without a daily print newspaper when the Post-Gazette went to five-days-a-week publication.

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    3 cool ideas to steal from local news

    One of the best things about going to journalism conferences, other than getting to socialize with other journalists, is all the ideas you can take home with you. At many conferences, you get them one session at a time. But at the annual conference for Local Independent Online News Publishers, they come at you one after another.

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    Local Independent Online News Publishers gets $100,000 grant from Facebook

    LION, Local Independent Online News Publishers, announced at the start of its annual conference in Chicago that it has received a $100,000 grant from Facebook. The grant supports that group's work helping journalists "make the transition to running their own online news business and others who have stepped up to fill gaps in local journalism across the country," according to a press release.

 
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