Nieman Lab covered the March 18, 2020, announcement of Project Oasis, the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM) partnership with the Google News Initiative, LION Publishers and Doug Smith to identify, share and implement the best practices that help local digital news models get started and succeed.
CISLM’s news deserts research has well-defined the dynamics, trends and causes of our industry’s challenges. Project Oasis builds on that work to create something entirely new. Using in-depth surveys and interviews with small and large digital publishers in this space, Project Oasis will collect qualitative and quantitative data to create a searchable, sortable database that identifies digital news startups and breaks down the crucial choices they’ve made along the pathway to success.
Project Oasis will use this data to create a playbook of scalable best practices entrepreneurs can use to survive and thrive in the digital age.