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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 use is evolving for a new generation of teens

Social media use is evolving for a new generation of teens

As the technology landscape evolves for young people, so do concerns about the impact it is having on their lives.

Educators unsure: Can students identify fake news?

Educators unsure: Can students identify fake news?

A new study finds nearly all education leaders are concerned about “students’ inability to gauge the reliability of online news.”

How media brands affect people’s trust in news

How media brands affect people’s trust in news

Americans are less trusting of information when they know where it comes from, a new Knight Foundation study finds.

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