The Lenfest Local Lab

The Lenfest Local Lab was The Lenfest Institute’s multidisciplinary product and user experience innovation team.

The Lenfest Institute created the Lenfest Local Lab in 2018 as an experimental product and user experience team to develop new products to spur and support local news innovation. The Lab joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2021 and was sunset in 2022. 

The Lab’s work used location as a guiding principle to explore product ideas at the intersection of local news and places that were significant to Philadelphia residents. 

The Lab was supported by The Lenfest Institute, the Google News Initiative and additional funders. 

Lenfest Local Lab experiments

Learn more about the products the Lab built and read key takeaways from its experiments.