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The News Co/Lab aims to help the public find new ways of understanding and engaging with news and information. We’re based at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Our Approach

We experiment with new ways to increase public understanding of how news works. Rather than duplicate existing projects, we promote them and seek to expand their efforts. We collaborate with many partners.

Newsrooms

We help newsrooms try new ways of being open about who they are, what they do and why — and to engage with their communities in ways that help people seek, understand, act on and even create news.

Our Funders

We’re grateful for our launch support from the Facebook Journalism Project, News Integrity Initiative, Democracy Fund, and Rita Allen Foundation. Each funder invests in a portfolio of projects worth looking at.

Featured Blog Post

In “Understanding News? We’re Not Even Close,” News Co/Lab co-founder Eric Newton says nothing short of a Herculean national effort is required to teach the “new literacies” of the digital age.

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Scientists Need Stronger Public Engagement in ‘Post-Truth’ World, Says Former NOAA Administrator

Scientists Need Stronger Public Engagement in ‘Post-Truth’ World, Says Former NOAA Administrator

In a piece published by the American Institute of Physics, Alexis Wolfe provides an analysis of Jane Lubchenco’s continued effort to mend the disconnect between science and society. Lubchenco, who is also the former head of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recently gave a lecture stressing the importance for the scientific community to adapt

API report calls for journalists’ help in improving “news fluency”

API report calls for journalists’ help in improving “news fluency”

Journalists can change the way they build stories to create organic news fluency, ​say ​American Press Institute’s Tom Rosenstiel and Jane Elizabeth. ​We agree, of course — ​and applaud​ the way they’ve used “news fluency” as an alternative terminology to news literacy. Whereas literacy implies something one can or can’t do, ​news fluency describes how news users are always

Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now by Gloria Origgi

Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now by Gloria Origgi

In an article from Fast Company, Gloria Origgi raises questions about how the circulation of information has changed in recent years and what questions individuals should consider regarding others’ news judgment. In this digital age, many people trust gatekeepers of information based on their reputation, which can change how closely each individual actually interacts with

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