Community News Lab (COM 362) gives advanced journalism students an opportunity to build a dynamic clip portfolio by reporting for any of 40 client news outlets in the greater Seattle area.  

Students meet twice a week to review basic skills, discuss story assignments and plan digital projects. The lab works with an established list of both journalism and public interest clients who accept pitches from our students and send story requests of their own, including coverage of government meetings, community movers and shakers, and city trends. All work done by News Lab students goes through rigorous editing and polishing phases that allow the student to learn and improve.  

News Lab provides students with valuable learning experience, but it also has a decades-long history of providing much-needed reporting power to local news outlets that report diligently on public affairs in our community. This year, students wrote for publications such as Seattle Lesbian, Redmond Reporter, Real Change, Northwest Asian Weekly,,  International Examiner, Geek Wire, Federal Way Mirror, South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut and others. 

For more information or to become a client outlet contact Caley Cook at 

Top stories from students are displayed on the Kaplan Quarterly website. Read stories here >>