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Evolving technologies and revenue challenges are encouraging news and information producers to experiment like never before. We’re blown away by how some are attempting to create new opportunities and expand the definition of what journalism can be. New trends are emerging hourly. Share with us the experiments you think are important.

Knight News Innovation Laboratory at Northwestern University

Northwestern University and the Knight Foundation team up to accelerate local news innovation with the Knight News Innovation Lab in Chicago.

Carnival of Journalism

The Carnival of Journalism makes a comeback in 2011 with insight and commentary on present, and future, forms of news.

Re-Imagining Journalism: Local News for a Networked World

Mike Fancher’s policy paper, commissioned by the Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute, outlines five critical ingredients to support local journalism.

Partners of Necessity: The Case for Collaboration in Local Investigative Reporting

Sandy Rowe’s take on emerging possibilities for news, reporting and potential models for the future.

New Business Models for News

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism offers a fantastic smorgasbord of substance.

Sea Beez

Julie Pham leads Sea Beez, a new hive for ethnic hyperlocal news. The recently launched site offers a range of capacity building services. Pham describes its role as bringing the necessary resources and tools to ethnic media makers so that they can deliver their stories, which are often noted as under-reported in mainstream media.


Seattle is one of five cities with Xconomy websites. The site was launched in 2008 and its says the following about itself: “Xconomy is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today’s high-tech economy. Xconomy’s goal is “to become...

Washington News Council

WNC describes itself as “an independent, nonprofit, statewide organization whose members share a common belief that fair, accurate and balanced news media are vital to our democracy.” It was founded in 1998. John Hamer, its president and executive director, has been at the helm since its inception. He is a former associate editorial-page editor at...


TechFlash is an online news site dedicated to covering the technology industry in the Pacific Northwest. It is a product of the Puget Sound Business Journal, but it was the brainchild of two Post-Intelligencer business reporters. Founders John Cook, executive editor, and Todd Bishop, managing editor, made the leap to online-only in October 2008, even...

Puget SoundOff

Puget SoundOff is an online space “created by and for youth” to encourage young people to be involved in their communities.  The site appeals to youth with a call to action: “It starts with one voice speaking out on an issue, then finding others to collaborate with and taking action. You can be that voice....
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