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New prospective nonprofit news owners — apply to our new INN Springboard training program!

Challenges abound when starting a new news outlet and navigating its early days. INN Springboard will increase the capacity of leaders who have recently launched, or have firm plans to found, a nonprofit news organization. This day-long program will teach participants business planning strategies, connect them with a leadership expert, increase their knowledge of multiple funding models and bring them together with a supportive community of peers and nonprofit news leaders. This program is being produced with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The day-long intensive program will take place July 7 in Washington, D.C., ahead of the 2020 joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. You do not need to be associated with an INN member to apply, so please share with anyone who might benefit. The application deadline is April 6

Jeffrey Woolverton to lead INN Major Gifts initiative

Jeffrey Woolverton has joined INN as Network Philanthropy Director, a new position.
Woolverton will lead INN’s Major Gifts initiative to transform fundraising capacity and increase major gifts across the INN network of more than 250 nonprofit news organizations. He will create shared resources, built on industry best practices, for INN member newsrooms to increase their skills for major gift fundraising, including identifying and developing relationships with individual donors.

Woolverton brings nearly 20 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit management to INN. With a degree in sociology, he worked as program director and was the first development director of Life House Inc. in Duluth, MN, a program for homeless youth. From there, he moved to senior roles at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he grew new revenue across a national network of more than 600 nonprofit organizations.

Learn more about Woolverton and reach out at to welcome him to INN or to learn more about his work.

Last call — Emerging Leaders Council nominations close on Sunday

Nonprofit news is growing rapidly, and so is demand for people with the vision and skill to lead the field. Nominations close in just five days for the 2020 INN Emerging Leaders Council. This program teaches leadership, management and business tools that yield immediate results, and creates space for participants to develop and launch a project with help from a supportive network. 

The nomination deadline is this Sunday, March 15.
Calling all nonprofit news enthusiasts! If you're interested in sponsoring INN Days — or hearing more about our sponsorship opportunities —  get in touch with INN Days Sponsorship Manager Mark Glaser at

Opportunities & resources



  • The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking applications for innovative data-driven journalism projects that spotlight underreported issues. This grant opportunity is now open, and applications will be reviewed on a first come, rolling basis. 
  • Justice for Journalists Foundation is accepting applications for its annual Investigative Grant Programme. Applications for journalistic investigations into violent crimes against media workers will be accepted until March 15.
  • High Country News is taking applications for its Diverse Western Voices Award. Deadline to apply is March 15.
  • WAN-IFRA’s North American Digital Media Awards honor news publishers that have delivered unique and original digital media projects in the past year. Submit your best by March 15.
  • The Sunshine Award recognizes individuals and groups for making important contributions in the area of open government. Submit your nomination by March 16.
  • The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications will partner for this year’s Maynard 200 journalism fellowship program, aligned in their mission to galvanize diversity in media and to bolster careers of more journalists of color nationwide. The fellowship aims to train 200 journalists of color in the United States by 2023. Apply by March 30.


  • Using CrowdTangle to Cover the 2020 Election: Facebook Ad Library – Learn how to use CrowdTangle to get a jump on leads, track what’s happening around various candidates and issues on social and understand who’s driving the social conversation. Register for the March 12 webinar here.
  • Join INN for a webinar conversation with Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein and Publisher Steve Katz on how the magazine raised $25 million to create an endowment supporting its journalism. Register for the March 17 webinar here.
  • The team at TrustLaw has developed a Legal Health Check to help organizations improve their legal awareness. This saves organizations their time and resources — helping them to streamline operations and maximize funding opportunities. Join the webinar at noon ET/9a PT on March 19 to learn more about Trust Law and get your legal checkup
  • Join Mother Jones and the Center for Cooperative Media in San Francisco on March 26 for a day of sharing and learning, working from this case study on Mother Jones. The day will include a deep-dive into how Mother Jones got started, how it works today and how its business model works.


  • “It’s taking individual stories, combining them, and adding some journalistic muscle.” How ProPublica uses engagement methods in their reporting to find their stories.
  • The Narwhal used a reporting approach rooted in conflict resolution techniques in its environmental coverage — and was rewarded with new readers.
  • Journalists can now learn how to use AI machine learning for their investigations with several videos and online coding notebooks for free through Quartz.
Have an opportunity to share with INN members? Email

In Case You Missed It

  • How forward-thinking nonprofits are connecting with donors of color.
    Chronicle of Philanthropy 
  • How to write better calls of actions that transform energy into behaviors.
    Stanford Social Innovation Review
  • A Q&A with Victor Pickard, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, on why journalism needs to be unhooked from existing commercial models if it is to survive.
    World Association of News Publishers
  • Democracy is under attack worldwide  — including in places that have historically supported basic rights and freedoms.
    Freedom House
  • According to new research from MIT, when only some news is labeled as fact-checked and disputed, people believe stories that haven’t been marked as fact-checked more — even when they are completely false.
    Fast Company
  • A new bill would increase protections for investigative journalists who publish classified information.
    The Intercept 

From INN Members

A sampling of the best nonprofit journalism from INN members each week:

SEEDS OF DESPAIR: Isolated, and with limited access to mental-health care, hundreds are dying by suicide.
Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting / USA Today Network

Fields of Gold: Commodities kingpin leaves a troubling legacy in Moldova

Dark money dominated Ohio’s nuclear subsidy saga
Eye on Ohio / Energy News Network / the Accountability Project at the Investigative Reporting Workshop / Public News Service

You might be buying a hand sanitizer that won’t work for coronavirus

How Biden vs. Sanders echoes a 1964 Republican Party split
Rivard Report

Membership News

Celebrating member achievements — Congratulations:

To Max Blau of Georgia Health News and Bob Fernandez of Philadelphia Inquirer/Spotlight PA, who were selected for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network.

To Leah Douglas of Food & Environment Reporting Network, who won the 2020 Milt Hakel Agriculture Communications Award.

To Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News and ProPublica for winning a Scripps Howard award for community journalism.

To Civil Beat, which is now partnering with Hawaii News Now.


Stories that change lives: Impact from member reporting:

  • The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has asked that the court vacate Walter Ogrod’s conviction and sentence, saying he is “likely innocent.” Ogrod’s case was one of 24 featured in Injustice Watch’s “Unrequited Innocence” series.
    A Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting investigation found that the majority of Kentucky hospitals do not employ a sexual assault nurse examiner. That story inspired Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson, a Democrat from Lexington, to file a bill that would require hospitals to have a SANE on-duty at all times. 
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The Center for Michigan

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The Nevada Independent

Senior Editor
Block Club Chicago

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The Texas Tribune

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Corps Excellence Regional Manager for Report for America
The GroundTruth Project

Narrow Margin Reporter
Wisconsin Watch

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