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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 News

If you hate the media, you’re more likely to be fooled by a fake headline: Read Nieman Lab’s feature on the News Co/Lab’s latest research with the Center for Media Engagement.

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What We’re Reading

How emotional reactions influence the way audiences understand news

How emotional reactions influence the way audiences understand news

Findings suggest that a high "need for affect" (NFA), or desire for strong emotions, can mislead readers into thinking they learned more than they actually did.
Outrageous clickbait content can deter long-term engagement, study finds

Outrageous clickbait content can deter long-term engagement, study finds

Using outrage as a draw reduces credibility and audience trust, according to new research from the University of Texas at Austin.
How community engagement translates to success for local news

How community engagement translates to success for local news

New Pew research finds news consumers rate their local news outlets higher if they believe the journalists are connected to the community.

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