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.


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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What We’re Reading

The First Draft Coalition posted a thoughtful “field guide” exploring “the use of digital methods to study false viral news, political memes, trolling practices and their social life online.” If you’re a teacher, use this with your students!

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