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.

Collins: How Oklahoma research on news consumption came about, and how it will help

Last week, Oklahoma Media Center released a groundbreaking academic study sharing research findings on how Oklahomans consume news in rural news deserts and underserved metro communities in the state. Rob Collins, executive director of OMC, answered questions about the study and the upcoming training and grant phase. How long have you been with Oklahoma Media […]

New style guide helps avoid language that reflects negatively on aging

It happens all the time to people of a certain age. Someone well-meaning says, “Let me help you with that, sweetie.” Another person presumes that an older person has difficulty hearing, seeing, remembering, or understanding, or needs help with technology. This phenomenon is called “everyday ageism.” In a 2019 poll by the University of Michigan, […]

LMA + LMF 2022 Impact Report

At an industry gathering last year, Larry Lee, publisher of The Sacramento Observer (a Black newspaper founded 60 years ago by his father), shared that his organization went from fewer than four full-time employees to 14 in just 16 months. The gathering, hosted by the Knight Foundation, was focused on sustainability. Attendees stood and clapped. […]

3 reasons the local Black press has a strong future

Although we mostly concentrate on prominent people, businesses, and events from the past during Black History Month, it is imperative that we also focus on the future of the Black press.

Oklahoma collaborators cover underreported communities, amplify audience engagement

A record number of news organizations in Oklahoma partnered with each other this summer on projects reporting on underserved communities. Oklahoma Media Center funded the collaborations. OMC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports and strengthens Oklahoma’s local journalism ecosystem and spurs innovation through statewide collaboration that benefits diverse audiences. Since Inasmuch Foundation and Local Media Association […]

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 […]

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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 […]


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