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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 communications assistant and recent Cronkite grad Sayo Akao writes about how shows like Cronkite News’ new program Full Circle can improve trust among viewers in “Bringing viewers behind the scenes could be the new normal.” The show’s creator, Cronkite News assistant news director Melanie Alvarez, describes the show as a “window into our newsroom” through which you can see “how editorial decisions are made, our reporters’ searches for sources, facts and answers, and our team’s daily collaborative effort … ”
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Media Insight Project’s Americans and the News Media: What they do — and don’t — understand about each other

Media Insight Project’s Americans and the News Media: What they do — and don’t — understand about each other

Journalists have an opportunity to improve trust and communication with the American public through “steps such as transparency, labeling, eliminating jargon, and letting the public participate in the news,” according to findings from the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs. Concurrent surveys of

News games: engaging tools for fighting misinformation

News games: engaging tools for fighting misinformation

The purpose of Bad News is to gain a social media following while earning six different badges like Emotion and Impersonation. Once a user sets up a fake account he/she can use bots and memes to reach more followers. The game explains these terms before presenting the options. The game always presents different options and

The Oxygen of Amplification by Whitney Philips

The Oxygen of Amplification by Whitney Philips

Data & Society’s latest report underlines how the choices the news media makes on what to cover impact the “amount of oxygen supplied to the falsehoods, antagonisms, and manipulations that threaten to overrun the contemporary media ecosystem.” Digital media scholar Whitney Phillips conducted interviews with a number of journalists to provide a candid insight into the

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