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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.

Poynter Results

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    A guide to building deeper relationships with the communities you cover

    When newsrooms think of communities as their “audience,” we often imagine their existence only in relation to the products and services we offer. Of course, journalists know that the people who read, watch and listen to our stories don’t only exist in this vacuum. However, when we talk about the people who engage with our work every day as “traffic,” “followers,” “commenters,” “subscribers” and “members,” it’s easy to lose sight of who they actually are, and think about the metrics rather than actual people.

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    These tools will make your work and your work life better

    We talked about a lot of tools here this year. What were your favorites? Here are ours. 

    Hare: Hi, Ren! It’s beginning to look a lot like time for a highlights article to end the year. Before we start, I just want to say how much fun these are each week (for me at least.) Thanks for being on the hunt for ways to make our work better.

    LaForme: Kristen! Working with you on these is always such a delight. I hope some of these things I’ve shared have helped you and the folks who read these things.

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    This journalist wants to find out if people will pay for ad-free news

    When Ryan Nakashima covered the media for the Associated Press, he saw the entertainment industry do something new. For a subscription fee, you could skip the ads.

    At the same time, digital news sites were becoming littered with pop-ups and auto-play ads. News organizations weren’t trying the ad-free or ad-light models the entertainment industry was testing.

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    When disaster strikes, drones can go where reporters can't

    As Hurricane Irma churned inland over the Florida peninsula in early September, photojournalist Brian Emfinger readied his drone. After the eye passed over Naples, calming the 100-mph-plus winds and torrential rains, he lifted off.  

    “Five minutes later, I’m flying over these destroyed mobile homes,” he said. “Fifteen minutes later, I tweet out the first picture.”

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    Local Edition: What do we need to talk about next?

    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.

    My family has two elves on the shelf. Chubby was our first, named possibly for his round cheeks. Then came Jingle, because my daughter is just wily enough to need an extra set of plastic eyes on her around the holidays.

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    ProPublica announces 7 newsrooms for its Local Reporting Network

    ProPublica announced the seven newsrooms that will make up its year-long ProPublica Local Reporting Network. 

    Those newsrooms include daily newspapers:

    — The (Baton Rouge, Louisiana,) Advocate

    — Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail 

    — Santa Fe New Mexican

    — South Bend (Indiana) Tribune

    — The (Carbondale, Illinois) Southern Illinoisan

    The (Vale, Oregon) Malheur Enterprise, a weekly, and WMFE, Orlando, Florida's public radio station, were also selected. 

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