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New INN program to provides new resources around media insurance 

With support from Democracy Fund, INN has launched a new program to help you better understand your needs and opportunities in the realm of insurance. In particular, we will be focused on media liability insurance, but there will be opportunities for you to learn about other insurance as well.
Currently, INN is working with Media Risk Consultants to update all of our materials about media liability insurance. An upcoming webinar will look at how the media liability and media liability insurance landscape has changed in the wake of two key cases — Gawker media and ABC News’ pink slime lawsuit. The webinar, which will be recorded, is Feb. 5 at 2:30p ET/1:30p CT. Register today. All INN members are also eligible for their own, independent consultations with Media Risk Consultants. Representatives will work with your organization on insurance applications and/or discuss the insurance you have and what you might need. Sign up for insurance consultations on the INN services portal.

Later this year, the program will also include a survey from INN, Democracy Fund, G2 Insurance and others, to create a benchmark for insurance coverage in the nonprofit news world and determine areas of interest for future programs. If you have insurance and complete the survey, INN will provide you with a $200 stipend to help partially offset the cost of your insurance. We also will host a new online course, designed for organizational leaders and editors, created exclusively for INN members by the Poynter Institute. This is a more detailed version of the public course Poynter rolled out in the fall in conjunction with a webinar about the current state of defamation law

More webinars will be available as the year progresses; we'll keep you updated with upcoming opportunities. If you have any questions about this program, or about insurance broadly, feel free to reach out to Chief Network Officer Jonathan Kealing.

Build on NewsMatch success; wealth-screening opportunity deadline this week!

INN is offering wealth screening of up to 500 donor records per member organization for free with additional records screened at 20 cents per record. Wealth screening identifies a donor’s financial capacity to support your organization and is critical for finding and focusing on your best major gift prospects — learn more about the initiative here. If interested in the next available wealth screening opportunity, register using this form by Friday, Feb. 7. All files for registration must be submitted by next Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Register today for the last spot in upcoming Major Gifts Cohort training

We have just one slot available for the 2020 Major Gifts Cohort! If you are ready to sign up — or would like to be on the wait list for the next cohort — please contact The signed agreement will secure your place in the class. Here is a recording of the Info Session we did about the cohort plus the program description with the agreement. The initial deposit is due by March 15.

INN Days 2020: Pitch a cohort, reserve your room and apply to present!

Are you willing to organize and facilitate a peer group on June 15 during INN's pre-conference day? Right now, we have three closed cohorts and several open peer groups that traditionally meet at INN Days: Rural newsrooms, statehouse newsrooms and development directors. What are we missing? Help facilitiate a new cohort. Deadline is Feb. 28.

Hotels rooms are at a premium in the DC area in 2020. Don't wait — reserve your hotel room at The Westin Alexandria Old Town for INN's rate of $179 USD per night.

And a reminder: We’re looking for innovative session ideas for INN Days 2020 on June 16 and June 17 at the Westin Hotel Old Town Alexandria. We encourage sessions that engage participants, provide practical takeaways for participants and address INN's areas of focus:

  • Reaching new audiences
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Revenue Generation
  • Community Engagement
INN Days conference presenters receive complimentary conference registration as well as travel support. The proposal deadline is Feb. 15.

INN Days is two days of intensive business training for nonprofit and independent news organizations looking to achieve growth and increase their impact, and happens ahead of IRE each year. From lessons on building relationships with donors to training in email publishing, INN Days brings together the brightest across nonprofit news. For folks interested in a typical schedule, here's the agenda from our 2019 conference.


Opportunities & resources



  • Investigative Editing Corps is a project that pairs seasoned investigative editors with local newsrooms. The editors get stipends for their work through foundation funding that supports the project. The newsrooms pay nothing. Find out more about Investigative Editing Corps and how to work with it here.
  • Five scholarships are now available for the upcoming Consumer Revenue Innovation Mission in New York City on March 23-25 for media executives of color, provided by the Google News Initiative. Apply by Feb. 7.
  • The Solutions Journalism Network, in partnership with Howard University, will host the HBCU Solutions Journalism Educators Academy. This two-day, intensive training will take place at Howard University in Washington, DC on July 6 and 7, just prior to the NABJ-NAHJ Convention. Apply by Feb. 9.
  • The Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media is a transformative, tuition-free leadership program that trains journalists of color working in digital media to thrive, professionally and personally. This seminar fosters honest discourse about the challenges for journalists of color in management roles. Apply by Feb. 14.


  • Journalists covering the 2020 primaries, political conventions and the general election will have special access to pro bono legal services and a range of resources through the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the National Press Photographers Association.
  • Search Google's collection of databases for your next reporting project.
  • Search lists of U.S. Catholic clergy that have been deemed credibly accused of sexual abuse or misconduct, from ProPublica.


  • 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 recent 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.
  • Join the Center for Cooperative Media in Akron on April 9 for a day of sharing and learning with The Devil Strip staff, contributors and some of the nearly 400 community members who’ve become co-owners. Come learn why The Devil Strip believes community ownership should be the future of local journalism.


  • Wendi Thomas, MLK50 founder, editor and publisher, spoke candidly to IJNet about turning her vision into a reality, opening up about the challenges and fears that kept her up at night, and sharing her vision for a more equitable and sustainable future for entrepreneurs.
Have an opportunity to share with INN members? Email

In Case You Missed It

  • Exploring the alternatives to disappearing newspapers: A Q&A with INN co-founder Brant Houston.
    Illinois News Bureau
  • Does your organization have a relationship with readers, strong enough that they want to support it? It could be time to think about membership.
    Splice Media
  • Help nurture the next generation of journalists by cultivating connections and by making educating young journalists a priority.
    Radio Television Digital News Association
  • The Guardian will no longer accept advertising from oil and gas companies, creating a ban on taking money from companies that extract fossil fuels.
    The Guardian
  • A new study suggests that using a story card designed to improve transparency may positively affect trust, but newsrooms need to make sure it’s noticeable.
    Center for Media Engagement
  • How the Texas Tribune moved branded content to its main site to explore new revenue possibilities.
    Local Media Association
  • How The Economist designs charts for Instagram.
    The Economist

From INN Members

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

ShopRite workers shop ... at food pantry
New Haven Independent

Could Phoenix survive a water crisis?
The Counter

Something in the Air
Texas Observer

Senators overseeing impeachment trial got campaign cash from Trump legal team members
Open Secrets

States invest in the outdoor recreation by opening offices dedicated to the sector’s growth
The Daily Yonder

Membership News

Celebrating member achievements — Congratulations:

To Detroit Public TV's Great Lakes Now program. Visitors to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center will be able to view new episodes of Great Lakes Now under a new partnership between the Detroit Public Television initiative and the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

To YR Radio's founder and CEO Ellin O’Leary, who announced her retirement.

To Salina Sanchez and Natasha Vicens of The Hechinger Report and PublicSource, respectively, who were chosen for Poynter's sixth annual Leadership Academy for Women in Media.

To ProPublica, which released its 2019 Annual Report.

To South Dakota News Watch, Flint Beat, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, Southerly and Enlace Latino NC, all INN members chosen for the Solutions Journalism Revenue Project.

To The Counter, formerly New Food Economy, for its rebranding.

To High Country News, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

To Lori Higgins, Jon Marcus and Ashley A. Smith of Chalkbeat Detroit, The Hechinger Report and EdSource, respectively, for being selected in the first class of the Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship.

Stories that change lives: Impact from member reporting:

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