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. The lab launched in November 2017 with initial funding from the Facebook Journalism Project, News Integrity Initiative, Democracy Fund and Rita Allen Foundation.
Since then, we have partnered with news organizations and community stakeholders 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 the “demand side” — 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.
- Conducting research on community media literacy and local news perceptions;
- Advising newsrooms on improving transparency and engagement 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
- Designing digital media literacy curriculum and educational resources to embed media literacy in any subject area.
We collaborate with teachers, journalists, researchers, librarians, technologists, civic leaders, among others — all who share our goals and want to work on this. We support the good work that others are already doing, and help connect folks to amplify and extend the reach of efforts in this space.
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 pilot program included three McClatchy newsrooms: the Fresno Bee, Kansas City Star and Macon Telegraph.
These custom transparency and engagement experiments help both the newsrooms and the communities adapt proven transparency and engagement practices.
We believe news fluency 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 test science news education modules.
Misinformation spreads via poor news fluency and technology platforms. We should all empower people to become better news consumers and sharers. One way to do that? Help tech platforms brainstorm 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 news fluency components to their service. In each case, the resulting newsroom experiment is an extension of existing transparency and engagement projects, designed to improve people’s understanding of how news works.
Let's work together.
Learn more about our process to help journalism organizations embed transparency and engagement in ways that increase local news fluency.
Facebook Journalism Project
The Facebook Journalism Project was created in January 2017 to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry. FJP focuses on three pillars: collaborative development of new products; tools and trainings for journalists; and tools and trainings for people.
Craig Newmark Philanthropies
Rita Allen Foundation
News Integrity Initiative
In the Media
Science News is partnering with News Co/Lab to promote media literacy through transparency
December 12, 2019, Lenfest Institute Solution Set
News Co/Lab director helps public understanding of how news works
December 10, 2019, ASU Now
Science journal walks back claim that smartphones make millennials grow horns
Can our corrections catch up to our mistakes as they spread across social media?
Journalists Struggle to Understand Americans’ Relationship to News