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Thanking Lyle Muller, first editor of Iowa Watch, as he retires

Eight years ago, Lyle Muller joined Iowa Center for Investigative Journalism as its first ever director and editor. On Friday, he retired. Since its first story, IowaWatch has produced more than 690 stories for its website and the news outlets of multiple newspapers, websites, radio and TV stations. So far in 2019 alone, 60 IowaWatch stories were published or aired by 141 news outlets 1,040 times. Many of these stories were written by student journalists, as IowaWatch helped mentor the next wave of industry professionals. Longtime Iowan Suzanne Behnke, formerly of Des Moines Business Record and the Des Moines Register, will take the reins. A huge congratulations to Lyle for the work that he led and the impact that he helped create — and thank you for your work.

Calling for (early) submissions: Best of Nonprofit News 2019

Each year, INN asks each member to provide one example of your newsroom producing outstanding public service journalism, telling a story that would have gone untold if not for your efforts. Please help by submitting your best work NOW or as soon as it’s published. Submissions received by this Friday, Sept. 6 may be chosen for special promotion during NewsMatch. We will be updating the collection through the end of the year. We can add or substitute a few submissions as late as Jan. 5, 2020, but we don't have to tell you what it's like when last-minute content pours in on deadline. Here's last year's roundup for inspiration — covering issues ranging from justice reform to climate change.

Upcoming opportunities for INN members


From INN & members: 


University of Missouri 2020 Interns

For the summer of 2020, the Missouri School of Journalism will subsidize five student internships for students from diverse backgrounds interested in the business of news. The school will reimburse participating newsrooms $4,500 for a 10-week internship and asks that you provide $1,600 for an undergraduate or $2,500 for a graduate student intern.

If you are interested in participating, complete this short application by this Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Newsroom selections will be made by Sept. 13, 2019, in discussion with INN. 

Join Us in NOLA for INN Business Intensive 2019, INN Happy Hour

Business Intensive
Time is running out to register for Podcast Your Way Into New Audiences and New Revenue, next Wednesday, Sept. 11 in New Orleans before the Online News Association conference. If your organization is in the early stages of podcast development or has an existing podcast and is looking for advice on taking the next step, this training is for you. We'll be joined by PRX's Director of Training Kerry Donahue and Training Lead Lindsay Abrams. Registration is $89. 

INN & Democracy Fund Happy Hour
After you get settled, join us for a drink and a bite next Friday, Sept. 13 with INN staff, INN members and Democracy Fund staff and grantees at this writer-themed bar. INN members and Democracy Fund grantees can register up to two people per organization. Please RSVP so we have enough food for everybody. See you at the party!

From our friends outside of INN:

Facebook's News Page Index training: Why and How to Register Your Page 

Register today for Facebook's Sept. 10 webinar, during which a platform expert will walk outlets through registering their news page. The news page index is a foundational step to help Facebook identify pages that primarily publish news content on the platform. Any Facebook Page that primarily creates journalism should be registered as a news page on Facebook. Registered pages may be eligible for products and services specifically designed for news publishers. 

Register for News Page Index training.

Training opportunity: AI in local newsrooms 

Quartz is holding a gathering to talk about AI and local newsrooms on Sept. 11 in New Orleans, the Wednesday before ONA. The code to register is AI@NOLA. 

Content engagement & revenue generation webinar

Three platforms that are working to bridge the gap between content engagement and revenue generation — Groundsource, Hearken and INN member News Revenue Hub — will present use cases in public media and answer questions from participants in WBUR BizLab's Sept. 24 webinar.

Local Legal Initiative webinar

INN and LION members are invited to join the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for an Oct. 1 information session on RCFP's Local Legal Initiative, a new program placing lawyers in five cities across the U.S. in 2020. RCFP is seeking proposals from news organizations for a lawyer to be placed in their city. The deadline to submit a proposal is Oct. 31, 2019.

Have an opportunity to share with INN members? Email

From INN Labs 

NewsMatch pop-up best practices


Since last year's NewsMatch, the INN Labs team has developed new best practices for pop-ups during NewsMatch and other special campaigns. Update the plugin and read more in their blog post.

INN Labs Tech Support for NewsMatch 2019 Participants

Thanks to generous funding from the Knight Foundation, INN Labs will help participants improve their website donation flows, learn how to use existing tools to optimize campaigns and add important NewsMatch messaging and media to their sites.

> Interested in technical help from INN Labs? Sign up for a 1:1 meeting.

In Case You Missed It

From INN Members

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

Trump's praise put drugs for vets on fast track, but experts aren't sure it works 
Center for Public Integrity / The Guardian

Could a California grocery worker strike spur a nationwide movement?
Civil Eats

How solitary confinement kills: Torture and stunning neglect end in suicide at privately run ICE prison
The Intercept

If a government wants thousands of dollars to process your public records request, is that the same thing as a denial?
Colorado Independent

Endo international’s Ohio opioid settlement is microscopic compared to crisis cost and Endo’s earnings 

Membership News

Celebrating member achievements — Congratulations:

KCUR is taking the lead on “Elections 2020: Listening to America,” an ambitious initiative intended to strengthen public media’s ability to incorporate community and citizen perspectives in local, regional and national coverage related to the election. The project is being funded through a $1.9 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Member Impact:

  • How the Chicago Police Department fought — and ultimately lost — its FOIA battle against Chicago Reporter to keep cop names from the public.
  • A Cook County Juvenile Court judge on Thursday took a step toward awarding guardianship of two young children to their foster parents in a case that has raised concerns about how Illinois child welfare officials serve Spanish-speaking, Latino families. ProPublica Illinois started reporting on this in June.

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Fall internships in reporting, public engagement and marketing
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Texas Tribune

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