The News Co/Lab works to
advance media literacy through journalism, education and technology.
We’re based at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The News Co/Lab advances digital media literacy through journalism, education and technology. Since launching in November 2017, we have partnered with news and community organizations to help people better understand the news and information environment.
In a world saturated with data, where misinformation commands the stage alongside truthful and useful information, we focus primarily on helping people better find, understand, act upon and create credible news and information, and to share it with integrity.
We believe media literacy helps ensure an informed citizenry, a fundamental building block of democracy.
The News Co/Lab’s work includes:
- Designing open-access digital media literacy educational resources to reach a broad audience of learners.
- Advising and partnering with newsrooms on how to help communities better understand their process and become more discerning news consumers;
- Developing technology tools to make it easier for journalists to practice transparency; and
- Conducting research on community media literacy, local news and institutional trust.
We help newsrooms try new ways to practice and to engage with their communities in ways that help people seek, understand, act on and even create news. Our pilot program included three McClatchy newsrooms: the Fresno Bee, Kansas City Star and Macon Telegraph.
We’ve packaged what we’ve learned into our eight-step Transparency Toolkit.
We believe media literacy should be sprinkled throughout all subject areas and ages. After all, it would have more of an impact and better scalability if everyone helped teach it.
We worked with the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University to expand its pilot community news literacy training program with local libraries. We have also focused education efforts in science news literacy, collaborating with ASU science professors to embed media literacy in their curricula.
Technology accelerates the spread of misinformation. We should all empower people to become better news consumers and sharers. One way to do that? Work with tech platforms to develop ideas to make these decisions easier for users.
In our newsroom projects, we’ve connected with partners like Hearken and GroundSource to expand their work by adding a media literacy components to their service. We’re always working on a tool to improve journalistic corrections in the digital age.
Let's work together.
Learn more about our process to help journalism organizations embed transparency and engagement in ways that increase local news fluency.
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In the Media
Cronkite News Co/Lab initiative spent a year researching how to bolster, improve news for small communities
Jan. 18, 2023, ASU News
Weighing the future, viability of social media platforms
Jan. 10, 2023, ASU News
Water conspiracy theories are coming to Arizona. Here's why experts say they will flood the state with lies
Nov. 17, 2022, 12News
ASU’s McCain Institute and Cronkite School launch task force on Defeating Disinformation Attacks on U.S. Democracy
Jan. 10, 2023, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
News Co/Lab class to help address housing insecurity
Jan, 7, 2022, ASU News
Quinlyn Shaughnessy is a recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. For the past two years, she worked as a writing tutor for both UASP and MLFTC. In addition to interning at the Co/Lab, she writes creatively with the goal of publishing a novel in the next few years. She holds a BA in Mass Communication & Media Studies with minors in Digital Audiences and Film.