New research on local news and curation algorithms

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We have news, hacks and hackers! Earlier this year, H/H helped organize a series of conversations on the surfacing of local news, with the Credibility Coalition and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. The discussion included journalists from a variety of outlets, most of them local news, and representatives of several major tech platforms.

You can read about the results in “An Introduction to Schemas for Journalists,” written by Hacks/Hackers' Samantha Sunne, and “Bridging the Divide Between Local News and Online Platforms” by Michael Blanding. Both papers are available for download on the Credibility Coalition website.

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