Industry Collaboration

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.

Promised Land story-sharing subject surpasses 200 stories … and counting

Oklahoma Media Center news organizations have published 234 Promised Land stories covering the statewide collaborative’s shared topic: documenting ramifications of a landmark Supreme Court ruling last year. OMC collaborators unanimously decided last spring to cover how the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision affects both tribal and non-Indigenous residents in the state. In 2020, the court decided […]

Word In Black

Word in Black has a banner week

Ripples began to emerge in early September from the launch of Word In Black, a collaborative of 10 of the nation’s leading Black publishers, managed by Local Media Association. Last year, after the murder of George Floyd and America’s reckoning on race, we launched the Fund for Black Journalism, which became the seed for Word […]

From ‘watchdog’ to ‘guide dog’: How Covering Climate Collaborative engages audiences with solutions reporting

It’s been a bad-news summer for climate change. From the “code red for humanity” headline from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report to a summer filled with heat waves, drought, wildfires, hurricanes, and flooding, the effects of climate change are here, now and local. But research shows audiences may disengage from news — from […]

‘Code red for humanity’: Newsrooms in LMA Covering Climate Collaborative localize IPCC climate report

In August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report on the state of our planet’s climate. The report, compiled by a team of more than 200 scientists, was summarized by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres as a “code red for humanity.” The findings are “a reality check,” said Valérie Masson-Delmotte, a climate scientist […]

Solving for Chicago coverage drives impact for essential workers

News organizations in Solving for Chicago have a lot to be proud of as they wrap up their first collaborative project, reporting on the experiences, information needs and challenges of essential workers. For the past eight months, 20 news outlets in the Local Media Association collaborative have combined to report 87 stories, including an exclusive […]

Climate change and social justice: Newsrooms in LMA Covering Climate Collaborative ‘connect the dots’

It’s impossible to cover climate change without reporting on its unequal impact on disenfranchised communities, and the 22 local newsrooms in LMA’s Covering Climate Collaborative are working to “connect the dots” through their local reporting. “Climate change will exacerbate existing inequalities and worsen the vulnerabilities of already marginalized communities,” Dr. Robert Bullard told reporters in […]

NAJA provides ‘Check Your Bias’ training for OMC partners

The presentation began with showing a reporting guide with terms like “warrior,” “spirits or ghosts” and “reference to the ancestors” to avoid cliched storytelling. This tool, produced by NAJA and High Country News, helps identify the use of tropes or stereotypes when reporting in Indian Country.

NAJA-OMC partnership to train Oklahoma media on Indigenous coverage

The Native American Journalists Association and Oklahoma Media Center will provide statewide newsroom trainings with support from the OMC Innovation Fund The Native American Journalists Association has partnered with the Oklahoma Media Center to provide training on ethical coverage of Indigenous issues for journalists throughout the state. The collaboration reflects OMC’s mission to spur innovation […]

Juneteenth makes Word In Black collaboration, website, newsletter launch more meaningful

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” — Toni Morrison Despite being a person of color, I was never taught about Juneteenth. I became aware of the date, the horrible delayed history, and the celebration of that day that would follow, only when I moved to Texas several years […]

Trends, solutions and innovations: LMA staff shares takeaways from the 2021 Collaborative Journalism Summit

The coronavirus pandemic accelerated the trend toward news collaborations, according to Stefanie Murray, director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. Murray kicked off the three-day 2021 Collaborative Journalism Summit by summarizing key trends from the past year, and looking ahead to coming trends. The past year saw not only more news […]


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