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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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    This tool digitizes documents and receipts from your phone

    How are you saving paper? This week's tools makes it easier. 

    Hare: Hi, Ren! What are we talking about today?

    LaForme: Hi, Kristen! It’s getting close to the end of the year and I’ve been thinking a lot about all of the stuff you think about at the end of the year. Mostly money. Well, always money. But more right now.

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    Selling local news, with the help of The Boss and 'Hamilton'

    For the nonprofit publisher, it seems as if everyone is in your space, seeking the same foundation money, staging rival end-of-year fundraising drives.

    Maria Archangelo wanted to try something different. Her decision kept her up at night, and she wondered if she’d be fired. The move, earlier this year, was a stretch from her editorial mission of providing school and education news where others didn’t go, but she felt she needed to do something striking.

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    Local Edition: 6 lessons for journalism from people who aren't journalists

    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.

    I have been to a lot of journalism conferences this year. It was strange, fun and exhausting to spend a few days at a time just with journalists. One of those conferences, however, included entrepreneurs and people who work at NGOs. 

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    This tool helps you save those videos you worked so hard on

    Maybe you've figured out how to save your words before the internet eats them. This week's tool can help you save your videos, too. 

    Hare: Hi, Ren! Happy almost December! What are we talking about today?

    LaForme: Hi, Kristen! We talked a bit about why it’s important to save your work a couple months ago. I recommended using the Internet Archive to find and download old content.

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    This tool will remind you to have some fun, too

    Tools can help us tell better stories, cover our communities and stay on top of digital changes. Also, sometimes, they can just be fun. This week's tool is a great reminder of that. 

    Hare: Hi, Ren! How was your tofurkey?

    LaForme: So one year, not too long after I stopped eating poultry, my mom did a really nice thing for me by buying and cooking a tofurkey. Sorry if you’re reading this mom, but it was so gross that I haven’t touched anything like it since. I mostly stick to side dishes on T-day these days.

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