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INN member collaboration on rural hospitals out now

The hospital in Arcadia, Wis., closed in 2011. Family physician Dr. Bert Hodous said “the biggest loss to the community was the loss of the hospital.” Photo taken Sept. 19, 2019 by Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Watch.

The first editorial collaboration from INN's Amplify News Project, "Seeking a Cure: The Quest to Save Rural Hospitals," explores the the decline of hospitals in the Midwest — and the solutions these communities are creating. From innovative partnerships with larger hospital systems to proposals to pool administrative resources with other healthcare providers, newsrooms examined different ways rural communities are keeping their hospital doors open. The series brings together 12 newsrooms across seven states, including six INN members, and was supported by INN with additional support from the Solutions Journalism Network. INN is currently soliciting ideas for collaborations among members in 2020. If you have an idea for a collaboration, contact Jonathan Kealing directly.

INN members represented in Covering Climate Now collaboration

More than 30 INN members participated in the Covering Climate Now collaboration, led by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation, in partnership with The Guardian. Covering Climate Now, a call to elevate the amount of environmental reporting in the media. More than 300 outlets worldwide made a commitment to run a week of climate-focused coverage focused Sept. 16 and 23 and beyond. Thanks to all of the outlets who participated! 

Submit your NewsMatch photos 

Just like last year, NewsMatch wants to show the public the story of the nonprofit news movement through great, professional photos that showcase the work of your newsroom. Help show donors what their gifts during NewsMatch will support by sharing your photos by Oct. 4. NewsMatch has shared some tips and suggestions and they'll use your pics to help launch the campaign on Nov. 1.

Upcoming opportunities for INN members


From INN & members: 


Patch content partnership upcoming webinar

We now have a chance for any INN member to publish on Patch — and receive a small fee for each pageview generated on the site. If interested, please register for a webinar on Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. ET, during which INN's Chief Network Officer Jonathan Kealing and Colin Miner, Patch’s manager of news partnerships, will discuss the partnership.

Celebrate nonprofit news @ ComNet

The Texas Tribune and your NewsMatch sponsors are hosting a celebration of nonprofit newsrooms at ComNet19 on Oct. 2 in Austin. ComNet is a national organization of communications officers for foundations and other nonprofits. All members are welcome, and we suggest you share this invitation with any of your funders or other prospective news funders from your area. 

Upcoming webinar for ProPublica's Collaborate tool

Learn about Collaborate, ProPublica’s new tool for managing crowdsourced and collaborative data projects, which is based on an in-house tool they created for the Electionland and Documenting Hate projects. Find out how to use the tool and how it can be helpful to your newsroom on Oct. 16.

From our friends outside of INN:


Resource for best practices on election coverage

Hearken, Trusting News and The Membership Puzzle Project have collaborated to help the news industry create a more responsive, inclusive and useful approach for campaign coverage. Introducing the how-to-guide and toolkit for creating a true Citizens Agenda for politicians competing for votes. This means reporting that is centered around the public's stated information needs, rather than horse-race coverage, and other top-down reporting flavors that don't generate power in communities. 

Racial Equity in Journalism grant funding webinar

The Racial Equity in Journalism (REJ) Fund at Borealis Philanthropy, which seeks to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of news organizations led by people of color and increase civic engagement for communities of color, is hosting a webinar tomorrow, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. PT to share information about the process of applying for grants. To join, please RSVP here. 

Online course for data journalists

The Knight Center's new online course, "Data Journalism and Visualization with Free Tools," starts Oct. 14. During this six-week course, which is powered by Google News Initiative, you'll learn about an array of free tools that can help improve your work in data journalism and visualization. By the end of the course, you will have learned how to find and get data, prepare data, find stories in data, visualize data and more. Register here.

Peer review opportunity for data journalism

OpenNews launched a peer-review program that connects people in smaller newsrooms with fellow journalists who can help them think through a data project. Participation is free and designed for data journalists on small teams, from local or regional newsrooms, and from underrepresented backgrounds in journalism. Applications will be open through Oct. 16


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From INN Labs

Republication tracker tool open forum

Join the INN Labs team and INN members on Friday, Oct. 4 at 2 pm ET to discuss our open-source Republication Tracker Tool.

This WordPress plugin allows publishers to easily share their stories with other websites and track engagement within Google Analytics. 

For information on how to join, click here or email the Labs team.

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

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    Oxfort Internet Institute
  • Journalists have a strong sense of identify in their work, oriented around public service.
    Nieman Lab
  • Opinion: After MIT Media Lab received an anonymous donation from Jeffrey Epstein, a public media leader calls for transparent donations across the industry.
  • A new study finds that misinformation is more easily spread due to the accessibility of digital ads.
  • Best practices for newsletters, from the founder of the Eat This, Read That newsletter.
    International Journalists' Network

From INN Members

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

Medical neglect, illegal detention, and retaliation in ICE’s Deep South stronghold

Student enrollment is up statewide, but dwindling numbers threaten to squeeze rural schools
Montana Free Press

McConnell’s record on coal has become a hot topic in his senate campaign
InsideClimate News

As the Amazon burns, Colombia’s forests decimated for cattle and coca

‘Shooting people is deescalation’: Three days with teachers training to use guns in schools

Membership News

Celebrating member achievements — Congratulations:

To the Chicago Reporter for receiving a Media and Storytelling grant from the Field Foundation of Illinois. 

To Southerly for their feature in Lensfest Institute's Solution Set newsletter, "How Southerly is re-inventing environmental coverage of the South."

To Retro Report for their new one-hour magazine format series on PBS and their premieres on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 7-8, 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST.

Member Impact:

  • Methodist Le Bonheur, Memphis' largest nonprofit hospital system, erased the debts of more than 6,500 patients it sued after reporting from MLK50/Proublica.
  • A defendant convicted in a drug dealing case will receive a new trial in part because of a comment made on Facebook by a Philadelphia police officer who testified against him, originally made public by Injustice Watch reporting.
  • Federal agents the offices of Lyons, Illinois Mayor Chris Getty as part of a corruption investigation that involved two other neighboring Southwest Chicago suburbs. The raids comes four months after a Better Government Association/Fox 32 investigation detailed how Getty, whose father was mayor before being sentenced to federal prison, has built a formidable political army.
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