About Us

J-Lab is a journalism catalyst. As the news and journalism space is re-imagined, J-Lab helps increase the rate and spectrum of change.

We fund new approaches to journalism, research what works and share practical insights gained from years of working with news creators and news gatherers.



J-Lab By The Numbers


News start-ups and pilot projects launched with funding through New Voices and New Media Women Entrepreneurs. Visit Projects

$247.4 Million

Grants tracked that have been awarded to nonprofit news and information projects since 2005. Learn More


Winners and Notable Entires in the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism since 2003. Visit Knight-Batten Awards


Downloads of "Journalism 2.0, How to Survive and Thrive," our seminal digital literacy book. Read More

Our work

At our core are programs that inspire and equip news entrepreneurs, traditional media and others involved in the creation and evolution of news and information.

J-Lab has a long and respected track record of turning ideas into action. Through our pilot projects, innovation awards, consulting, research, learning modules and training, we create space for experimentation, identify what works and apply those insights to the future of journalism.

  • We fund entrepreneurial news start-ups.
  • We reward innovations in journalism.
  • We incentivize new ways of delivering news and information.
  • We deliver deep learning from more than a decade of helping news creators and news gatherers meet their goals.
  • We act to help meet information needs in an evolving media ecosystem.

Our mission

J-Lab promises to jumpstart new ideas and identify what works as the news ecosystem evolves.

Our results

We consistently hear positive feedback:

  • "J-Lab has a strong and respected reputation."
  • "J-Lab promotes cutting-edge journalism."
  • "J-Lab has a talent for identifying trends in the field and explaining how to take advantage of them in practical ways."

Learn more about J-Lab's impact from this independent evaluation (PDF) commissioned by the Knight Foundation, a long-time supporter.

Read more about J-Lab's history.

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J-Lab helps foundations, universities and news organizations navigate the evolving media landscape. Learn how we can help you.

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