Co/Lab Blog Posts

A first look at our community surveys

Eric Newton

August 27, 2018

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

Kristy Roschke

August 20, 2018

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

Kristy Roschke

July 16, 2018

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

Kristy Roschke

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

Kristy Roschke

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

Kristy Roschke

June 18, 2018

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

Pat Poblete

June 6, 2018

“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

Sayo Akao

May 14, 2018

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

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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