Industry collaboration is one of our four strategic pillars.

Here are recent articles about our collaboratives and work in the industry to support news media collaboration.

How what the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative learned about caregivers led us to create a Resource Guide for them

As former first lady Rosalynn Carter once put it, “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” With an aging population, all of those categories are growing. According to a 2020 report […]

Legacy Media

Let’s stop trashing ‘legacy’ media

“Legacy” media. We use the phrase as shorthand for “media that have failed to change with the times.” I get that. Lost, though, is another aspect of the meaning of “legacy”: what you are known for — your reputation earned over time for your work. A news organization’s legacy matters in three important ways, and […]

Oklahoma Watch and The Frontier coverage examples

Oklahoma collaborators focus on sharing resources to publish best possible investigation

The investigation was stalled. Jennifer Palmer, a reporter for the nonprofit investigative reporting team Oklahoma Watch, started looking into COVID-19 relief programs for education in 2020. Then Palmer began digging into Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds in Fall 2021. “And I had kind of gotten stuck,” Palmer said. “I had a source who was pretty […]

Hands holding puzzle pieces

New LMA report: What we’ve learned from running 9 industry collaboratives

Local Media Association and Local Media Foundation have released a new report detailing lessons we learned from our work with industry collaboratives. We launched our first collaboration in March 2020, and to date, have launched or managed nine collaborations including geography-based and topic-based formats. Why do we believe in collaboration? Because the industry gets stronger […]

A new way to automate story-sharing in news collaboratives

Collaboration comes with numerous potential benefits for local news organizations — including shared resources, more reach, and greater depth of reporting. But workflow and logistics can reduce the scale of those wins. For shared content, web editors might find themselves in the labor-intensive processes of copying and pasting stories, chasing down image rights clearances, or […]

4 Collaborative Journalism Summit takeaways from LMA staff

The Collaborative Journalism Summit in Chicago May 19-20 gathered an array of media and academic leaders, journalists, and collaborators for lightning talks, workshops and participatory discussions. Conversations highlighted the challenges and opportunities associated with journalism collaboratives — including funding, structure, goal-setting, communication and much more. Industry collaboration is a core pillar at Local Media Association, […]

5 things we learned in the first year of the LMA Covering Climate Collaborative

It’s been one year since Local Media Association launched the Covering Climate Collaborative on Earth Day 2021. With the effects of climate change touching people’s lives ever more directly, this anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, what we’ve learned, and what more can be done. Here are five takeaways and lessons […]


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