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10 reasons to join the Lab for Journalism Funding

Local Media Association is expanding The Lab for Journalism Funding to welcome up to 20 newsrooms into the program, which offers individualized coaching, best practices, and the framework to grow philanthropic support for local news in communities of all sizes. Applications are due Aug. 8 to be considered for the second cohort of the lab, […]

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The power of listening: 6 lessons from the Lab for Journalism Funding

By Frank Mungeam • LMA Chief Innovation Officer “We don’t know what we don’t know.” That was Liz White’s top takeaway after the publisher of the Record-Journal (Meriden, Conn.) engaged in a “community listening tour.” This focus on listening is a key early lesson for members of LMA’s Lab for Journalism Funding, launched in September […]

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LMA launches second cohort of Lab for Journalism Funding, adds Lenfest Institute as funding partner

Contact: Frank Mungeam, LMA chief innovation officer, frank.mungeam@localmedia.org; Lindsey Estes, LMA director of strategic initiatives and member services (July 16, 2021) — Local Media Association invites all local news outlets to join the second cohort of LMA’s Lab for Journalism Funding, to learn how to develop reporting projects that can be funded through philanthropy. Applications […]

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How local news can forge ‘Pathways to Philanthropy’: Lessons from LMA’s Lab for Journalism Funding

Local Media Association launched the Lab for Journalism Funding in September 2020 with support from Google News Initiative. Sixteen local publishers from across the United States were selected from more than 50 newsrooms that applied. With a curriculum developed by the development team at The Seattle Times, the lab gave the publishers overall strategy and […]

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LMA’s Center for Journalism Funding names 16 participants in first lab cohort

(Sept. 16, 2020) — Local Media Association today named 16 news organizations that will participate in the first six-month lab from its Center for Journalism Funding. The Center for Journalism Funding, operated by LMA with support from the Google News Initiative, aims to strengthen the understanding and capabilities of local news organizations regarding fundraising programs […]

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LMA launches Lab for Journalism Funding: Reimagining the relationship between a publisher and its community

By Frank Mungeam • LMA Chief Innovation Officer If every great journey begins with a single step, then sixteen publishers took their big first step toward sustainability this past week. This diverse group will explore ways to fund local reporting via philanthropy, in all of its forms, over the next six months through the Lab […]

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Lab applications open for LMA’s Center for Journalism Funding

15 publishers to be selected for 6-month program (August 12, 2020) — All local media companies are invited to apply for the first industry lab focused on funding journalism through philanthropy. Applications will be open for the next two weeks with a firm deadline of Aug. 26. Fifteen media companies will be invited to participate […]

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Focus on what’s essential: The key to journalism funded by philanthropy

By Frank Mungeam • LMA Chief Innovation Officer In his New York Times best-seller “Essentialism,” author Greg McKeown makes the case for less, done better. McKeown describes “essentialism” as a “systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things […]

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