Category: blog posts

Telling the community’s story through food

The Center for Collaborative Journalism’s Sonya Green explains how food writers are addressing crucial challenges in their communities.

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My data diary: A decade of changes on Facebook and in life

Ten years after joining social media, Sayo Akao learned a fundamental lesson in the fight against fake news: When we know better, we do better.

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Macon library training fosters community news literacy

Last month I had the pleasure of spending the day in one of the most inviting libraries I’ve ever visited: the Washington branch of the Middle Georgia Public Libraries (MGPL). The stately building opened in 1923 and has been named one of Georgia’s most beautiful public libraries. Cascades of warm natural light make it a […]

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A first look at our community surveys

This week we’re releasing the results from our first batch of community surveys, designed to help newsrooms understand what their communities know about, think about and want from the news. Our McClatchy Co. newsroom partners in Macon, Kansas City and Fresno are looking at the results as they launch experiments in more open and engaged […]

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Boosting community news literacy: AEJMC presentation

Dan and I had the opportunity to talk about the work the News Co/Lab has been doing with our partner newsrooms at the recent Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Washington D.C. We were joined by McClatchy Midwest Region Editor Mike Fannin (by Google Hangout because of a canceled flight). […]

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News Word Associations Final

New survey: Local news isn’t ‘fake’ – news release

July 16, 2018 A new national survey shows that although nearly one in five Americans immediately associate the word “news” with the word “fake,” only a tiny number use that word to describe local news. The News Co/Lab at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with support from Google Surveys, […]

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News Word Associations

Neutral feelings about local news present opportunity to build trust

I say peanut butter, you say jelly; I say hot, you say cold. Word association tells us a relationship exists between two words. We may not know how or why, but we know there’s a connection.  And when it comes to the word “news,” nearly one in five people associate it with the word “fake.” […]

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News Word Associations

Survey Results: News, local news and opinion

A survey by the News Co/Lab at Arizona State University and Google Surveys. Executive Summary  |  Charts and Detail  |  Methodology  |  Topline Results   Executive Summary The News Co/Lab at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite  School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with help from Google Surveys, polled more than 6,000 U.S.-based web users from […]

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Summer update: new partnerships to help the demand side

Last week’s series of 110-plus-degree days is a sure sign summer is here in Phoenix, but that isn’t slowing us down in the News Co/Lab. We continue to add to our list of partners as we prepare to launch several news awareness experiments in the coming months. Collaboration is at the core of what we […]

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Applying what I’ve learned in the News Co/Lab

“The News Co/Lab is a collaborative lab aimed at helping the public find new ways of understanding and engaging with news and information.” That was the opening line of the job description. “This is it!” I thought. “We’re going to solve the problem of fake news!” As it turns out, it’s not so easy. In […]

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Bringing viewers behind the scenes could be the new normal

The term “behind the scenes” can carry with it an air of mystery. The allure of the insider intrigues us in movies, on television and online. But are we curious enough to watch a regular story-behind-the-story program when the topic is local and statewide news? That’s a question worth answering at Arizona State University’s Cronkite […]

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A progress report from the News Co/Lab

It has been a jam-packed two months since I joined the News Co/Lab team. I’m impressed by all our co-founders have done to lay a solid foundation for our endeavor, and each day I meet someone or learn something that further convinces me of the importance of, and the many possibilities for, helping people find […]

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