…tation nearby. These notifications probably aren’t relevant or useful to the person receiving them. We wondered if a well-timed, location-aware news alert could be a better experience, and that’s why we built HERE for Local Journalism, an app that sends local news notification as people approach the place a story has been written about.
An essential part of making collaboration feasible for newsrooms is collecting as much information as possible about existing and previous collaborations so that we can glean as much wisdom as possible from what’s worked and not worked when newsrooms come together.
You have to have a strong core network of partners to maintain a healthy news ecosystem. Their advocacy is critical. That network has to involve much more than just journalists; ideally it involves leaders from local industry, foundations, advocacy groups, and community organizations.
We’ve learned that building a healthy news ecosystem takes time, investment and trust. It requires being purposeful about the impact you’re seeking to make, intentional about building and maintaining relationships, and diligent when it comes to tracking what’s working and what needs to change.