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Distributed Media Lab’s tools play a key role in collaborative journalism.

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Collaborative journalism has become an essential part of the journalism ecosystem, allowing publishers to cover important but underrepresented issues, and helping newsrooms maximize resources by partnering and accessing third party content. Collaborations can free up reporter time to focus on the stories that matter the most to their local communities.

At DML we are proud to provide essential technology platforms to power these collaboratives. We’re passionate about this work which feeds into our double bottom line of impact and revenue, and also supports our mission of making information more accessible through the open web.

California News Hub with KQED

This project, which is led by KQED and DML, and funded by the Google News Initiative, is helping KQED and California local news publishers by bundling the highest quality articles and content into statewide collections that are easily embeddable and distributable to other sites, forming a network for efficient audience growth on the web.

As of May 2024, the project, which has been ongoing for 5 months, involves contributions from 7 publishers, with the number of host publishers currently at 15 and continuing to expand.

California Education News by EdSource

Distributed Media Lab (DML) and the nonprofit newsroom EdSource are partnering to create the California Education News Network with funding from the Google News Initiative. 

At a time when many news organizations around the country are contracting, EdSource is home to California’s largest newsroom dedicated to education. By using the DML platform to distribute education journalism, the project seeks to expand the audience and impact of news organizations and empower local communities by providing trusted news, information and analysis with seamless syndication. 

"Education stepped into the spotlight like never before over the last three years amid the pandemic, and there was an urgent need for news you can trust.

This project will amplify the editorial power of newsrooms across the state and will serve as a model as we look beyond California."

Anne Vasquez, CEO of EdSource.

Word in Black

Founded in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, Word in Black is a groundbreaking collaboration between 10 leading Black publishers and the Local Media Association. Select articles from the publications are published on the Word in Black website, where additional editorial content also appears.

DML partners with WIB by providing and partnering on custom content collections which WIB publishers successfully sell advertising and sponsorship against. Through this partnership WIB publishers have raised significant revenue through paid partnerships with AARP, BioGen, Deloitte and others.

Word in Black has received funding from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, the Google News Initiative, SNPA Foundation and Meta Journalism Project. 

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For more information on the LMA and LMF collaborative projects listed here, download the LMA + LMF 2021 Impact Report.