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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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    'Today In' is Facebook's latest experiment in connecting people to local news

    Facebook announced a new experiment in local news on Tuesday with "Today In."

    The feature, which brings together local news, updates and events, can be found in the drop-down menu on Facebook's mobile app in six cities: New Orleans; Little Rock, Arkansas; Billings, Montana; Peoria, Illinois; Olympia, Washington; and Binghamton, New York.

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    Near closing, this local site asked people to pay for their news. And they did.

    On the day of her deadline, the first day of the new year, Liena Zagare still wasn’t totally sure what to do next.

    On Dec. 6, the editor and publisher of Bklyner told readers that the 10-year-old hyperlocal site covering Brooklyn couldn’t make it on ads alone anymore.

    They needed 3,000 people (“less than 1% of our readers,” Zagare wrote) to become subscribers and pay $5 a month. It was one last try to save something she’d built and believed in.

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    He created a legendary academic journal, so can Jeff Kittay do the same for food?

    If you've ever wondered why cooks and line servers in cafeterias and commercial kitchens have to work with heads covered, you should. There's no evidence of anybody getting sick from eating a stray hair or two. So why wear them? Well, Jeff Kittay can tell you.

    In case you haven't heard of him, here's a little background:

    Kittay was a Yale academic when he devised a disarmingly simple if long-shot notion: Create an accessible and responsibly provocative magazine on the sprawling academic world. 

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    How can local and national work together better when big news breaks?

    Big news hit Texas a few times this year. At the end of August, it was a hurricane. In October, it was a mass shooting.

    KERA, Dallas’ public radio station, covered both. And with both, it worked with NPR. But the second time was pretty different from the first. 

    With Hurricane Harvey, people in the national and local newsrooms got to know each other. They learned whom to contact, how to communicate and what each could bring to the coverage.

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    2017: The Year of the Conversational, Explanatory Tweetstorm

    Throughout the year, I’ve been collecting tweetstorms from journalists and news organizations explaining how they do what they do. In addition to using the platform as a reporter’s notebook or to fact-check statements, some people used tweets to really explain the journalism they were doing in a really human way.

    The explanations were amazing, clear and necessary. But Twitter is the worst place for them.

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    The 2018 drone journalism forecast

    One year ago, I hoped to be able to say to you now that drone journalism took off in 2017.  This year, Poynter — along with the National Press Photographers Association, The Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska and DJI — taught nearly 400 journalists how to legally and safely fly. But the never-ending flow of local and state restrictions and the slow response of the FAA to airspace waiver requests keep drones from being the daily tool they can be. There is reason to believe 2018 will give those of us who are licensed drone pilots more freedom to fly.

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