Florida News Lab is journalism on a shoestring. It’s an experiment aimed promoting and crowdfunding stories by journalism students at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

In January 2018, we published our first piece. “A 12-year-old’s harrowing tale” explores a perverse online suicide game called The Blue Whale Challenge.

Jessie Rowan and Courtney Cox journeyed to Mississippi to investigate the story. An undergraduate research fund at Flagler College paid most of their reporting costs. Florida News Lab also chipped in.