Democracy Fund Re-Launches Engaged Journalism Lab

By Rachael Garcia, Editor & Publisher


In an effort to gain American’s trust in media again, Democracy Fund is re-launching its Engaged Journalism Lab. The Lab will focus on the organizations and people helping build more meaningful, trusted relationships with their communities using audience-driven storytelling.

While there have been previous efforts to improve how news outlets interact with the communities they serve, the Lab strives to showcase new ideas and solutions through original posts, research and content from evaluation reports. Managed by Paul Waters and Lea Trusty, the Lab is still in an experimental phase, but they said they plan to “open up conversations and questions (the) network is dealing with to a broader audience who may have solutions we have not yet explored.”

The idea to re-launch the Lab on Medium was inspired by similar work being done by Teresa Gorman at the Local News Lab, also a Democracy Fund project. When the Local News Lab became a standalone website, the Engaged Journalism Lab took over the Medium page. The revamped page was created as a way to create conversations with organizations and to invite colleagues in the field working toward the same goals to publish their findings.

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