Co/Lab Blog Posts

A progress report from the News Co/Lab

Kristy Roschke

May 8, 2018

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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Rethinking our roles in the war for facts

Michele McLellan

April 18, 2018

(Editor’s note: Newsroom change leader Michele McLellan headed up the News Co/Lab’s reporting on Best Practices. In this, the fourth of four posts, Michele discusses the role of tools and techniques in advancing news awareness.) The news and information crisis is so complex and fluid that all of us who care about facts — journalists, […]

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Bea Panel 2018

Journalism educators take on fake news

Eric Newton

April 9, 2018

By Eric Newton and Kristy Roschke At the Broadcast Education Association convention this weekend in Las Vegas, a quartet of back-to-back “power panels” looked at fake news. It was refreshing to see a full room considering the problems of solutions of counterfeit stories in the digital age, but it was also clear there’s a long […]

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Helping people distinguish fact from fiction

Michele McLellan

April 5, 2018

(Editor’s note: Newsroom change leader Michele McLellan headed up the News Co/Lab’s reporting on Best Practices. In this, the third of four posts, Michele discusses the role of education in advancing news awareness.) Every day, people on social media like and share information that is either flat-out false or so highly distorted it thoroughly tramples […]

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Engaging with communities is a vital part of providing news

Michele McLellan

March 26, 2018

(Editor’s note: Newsroom change leader Michele McLellan headed up the News Co/Lab’s reporting on Best Practices. In this, the second of four posts, Michele discusses the role of engagement in advancing news awareness and increasing journalism credibility.) Transparency — being open about how news is produced — is essential to helping people better understand how […]

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News literacy and engagement are becoming a global affair

John Moore

March 22, 2018

(Note: This is a guest post by John Moore, who retired as editor of the Ventura County Star in California in April 2017 after more than 50 years in journalism.) My standard stump speech to community groups about five years ago included the line that the competition for our news organization was everyone in that room […]

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Meet the working group in Macon

Eric Newton

March 19, 2018

In Macon, the working group at The Telegraph and macon.com — with newsroom, library and classroom participants — is considering ideas at the intersection of community, fact-checking, news, transparency and engagement in middle Georgia.  To what extent does the credibility of a news report or newsroom depend upon these emerging best practices? The working group […]

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Best Practices: What we are Learning

Michele McLellan

March 14, 2018

(Editor’s note: Newsroom change leader Michele McLellan headed up the News Co/Lab’s reporting on Best Practices. We defined best practices as tools or techniques that improve news and at the same time help people (including journalists themselves) better understand how news works in the digital age. In this, the first of four posts, Michele discusses […]

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Why the upcoming age of fraudulent videos is dangerous, and what we can do about it

Dan Gillmor

March 9, 2018

We recently did a Q&A with ASU Now, the daily newletter, about the very worrisome probability that phony videos will soon inject even more poison into our information ecosystem. We’re reposting it here, with permission: Fake news videos aren’t new, but they are on the rise and more realistic than ever due to technological advances. […]

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How do people who are sources for journalists see the news?

Dan Gillmor

March 5, 2018

As we move forward with our newsroom project — working with journalists and community members to boost the community information ecosystem — we’re doing some research beforehand. We’re posting a draft today of the third of three surveys. The first is aimed at measuring a community’s news “awareness,” as we’re putting it. The second looks […]

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