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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

News Co/Lab managing director Kristy Roschke writes about the results from our new survey ‘News, local news and opinion’ and how a simple word association tells a story of contrasting feelings about news and local news.

“What the results represent to us is the advantage local news organizations have to build — or rebuild — trust in their communities in order to reassert journalism’s importance as a pillar of democracy,” Roschke writes. “In spite of the odds, we are optimistic about local news’ role in reshaping public perception of ‘the media.’ The News Co/Lab aims to help the public find new ways of understanding and engaging with news and information.”
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What We’re Reading

Social media: Changing the way news is consumed

Social media: Changing the way news is consumed

Inaccuracy tops people’s concerns about social media, Pew researchers find.   News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2018 Pew Research Center Sept. 10, 2018 Social media is a go-to news resource for Americans, but new research shows those same people question the accuracy of news found there. A Pew Research Center survey found 68 percent of

Americans have trouble differing fact from opinion, Pew reports

Americans have trouble differing fact from opinion, Pew reports

  Only 26 percent of U.S. adults could properly distinguish between fact and opinion statements. Political awareness, digital savviness, and news trust played a role in the results.   Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News Pew Research Center By Amy Mitchell, Jeffrey Gottfried, Michael Barthel and Nami Sumida Published June 18, 2018

‘A journalist should step correct:’ Building trust in local news, Columbia Journalism Review

‘A journalist should step correct:’ Building trust in local news, Columbia Journalism Review

“‘A journalist should step correct:’ Building trust in local news” provides a useful summary of months of assessment and conversation about local journalism with two demographically different neighborhoods in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Four fellows at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism developed a participatory process for workshops comprising residents, community leaders, educators and journalists,

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