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David Brooks joins top-notch speakers at INN at Home — our free, virtual conference June 16-17

Long-time Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, professor at Yale University and bestselling author of several books, David Brooks is more than a top-tier writer: He is an independent voice on American society. As a commentator on “PBS NewsHour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brooks has shared his views on everything from politics to morality. Now, he is part of Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute, which aims to reknit communities, and he’ll share with the INN at Home audience how local journalists can be “weavers.”

Brooks is joining a roster helmed by Julie Sandorf, president of the Charles Revson Foundation and our keynote speaker. With a lifetime of experience in founding and leading various national nonprofit organizations centered on public service, including Nextbook and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Sandorf knows the ins and outs to creating and running a nonprofit startup that will thrive. She will kick off the conference with a bold talk titled “Sorry, We Don't Fund Journalism: The Right Way to Pitch Nonprofit News” and deliver insight on how to frame the value of reporting to secure support from sponsors in other fields.

We’ll also hear from Fraser Nelson, vice president of business innovation at the Salt Lake Tribune, on the hot-button topic of the Tribune’s conversion from a for-profit newspaper to a nonprofit organization. Having led and worked with The Community Foundation of Utah, the Sorenson Impact Center and “And Justice for All,” Nelson has decades of social innovation leadership up her sleeve. She’ll draw on her experience to explain the ins, outs, and consequences of converting from a for-profit to nonprofit news organization.

PLUS: INN at Home will feature deep-dive panels, nine members-only peer groups and a virtual cocktail hour complete with breakout rooms and musical entertainment! Registration is free and open to all while space lasts. 
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INN members well-represented at 2020 Collaborative Journalism Summit

Big thanks to the Center for Cooperative Media for their excellent summit on collaborative journalism! We’re proud that our members were featured in 65% of the summit programming and all three of our INN-led collaborations were discussed by members. 

Find our collaborations here and access all of the material from the conference. If you missed the conference, be sure to go through the notes and slides — incredibly inspiring work across the industry!

Resources we like this week, from friends of INN

  • Do you want to play a role in fostering the future of local journalism? Apply to be a Report for America mentor!
  • The Tow Center is seeking proposals for rigorous research into emerging technology and trends impacting the news industry. Submit your proposal by May 31.
  • Entries for the Online News Association’s 2020 Online Journalism Awards are now open. Submit your stories by June 4.
  • Apply for the 2020 National Fellowship from the Center for Health Journalism by May 26.
  • Election SOS from Hearken offers free training for journalists covering the 2020 US elections, connecting them to best practices, resources and support around election coverage. Apply by May 26.
  • The Logan Nonfiction Program is currently accepting applications from writers, documentary filmmakers, podcasters, photojournalists and multimedia creators currently at work on a longform project for its Fall 2020 class of fellows. Apply by June 1.
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  • The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone — but not equally. Black, Latino and Native American communities, in particular, have suffered higher rates of infection and deaths, laying bare deep inequities in the American health care system and the social factors underlying health. This webinar on May 20 hosted by Center for Health Journalism will seek a deeper understanding on why minority and low-income communities are facing worse outcomes from COVID-19, and explore data tips and strategies for telling stories that capture the pandemic’s devastating toll and persistent threat to America’s most vulnerable residents. Register.
  • The Summer 2020 Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive is an audio-first, remote intensive designed by AIR in partnership with UnionDocs that exposes producers to a broad range of creative approaches to storytelling and provides an expanded set of technical skills. The session cost is $400 and the training takes place from June 11-14.

In Case You Missed It

  • More than 55% of the daily newspaper circulation in America could be in newspapers owned by financial institutions by the end of the year. It’s time to give tax incentives to hedge funds to sell newspapers and encourage the growth of nonprofit news.
  • A nonprofit organization run by President Trump’s nominee to lead a federal media agency is under investigation by the District of Columbia’s attorney general for improperly using organization funding.
    The Washington Post
  • The pandemic forced many for-profit outlets to abandon New York and Washington DC — but nonprofit news outlets have long been working with distributed workforces outside of coastal bubbles to elevate a diversity of voices.
  • The Splice Lights On survey shows that over 40% of media orgs expect to start cutting jobs in the next 12 months.
  • As COVID-19 has brought newsrooms worldwide to their knees, one French Canadian outlet is flourishing less than a year after going bankrupt after converting to the largest newsroom co-op in the country. 
    International Journalists’ Network

From INN Members

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

ICE attempted to deport a 14-year old girl from a New York shelter, despite the pandemic

To get Covid-19 relief, companies in Canada will have to disclose climate impacts
Yale Environment 360

Pandemic leads to early prisoner release, but finding housing for them remains difficult

Unsafe, understaffed, overwhelmed: As COVID-19 sweeps through the Navajo Nation, a hospital is accused of endangering lives
Searchlight New Mexico

Gun shops flouted state closure orders in April as industry notched another big month
The Trace / USA Today

Membership News

Celebrating member achievements — Congratulations

To The Colorado Independent, which is transitioning to its next chapter, moving away from a daily news site as its editors focus on collaborative journalism throughout the state.

To members who won 2019 Peter Lisagor Awards:
  • ProPublica Illinois
  • Better Government Association
  • South Side Weekly
  • City Bureau
  • Chalkbeat Chicago
  • Block Club Chicago
To the NC Local News Lab Fund, which established the NC Local News Workshop at Elon University to support an expanded approach to elevating and serving the news and information needs of all North Carolina residents.

To GroundSource and Reach, which partnered to create Re:Engage, which seeks to serve newsrooms at a moment of great need — and to help evolve their work to put relationships at the heart of journalism well after this crisis has passed.

To ProPublica, along with The Washington Post, Bloomberg, The New York Times and Dow Jones, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, for suing the Small Business Administration over its refusal to release detailed information for loans provided through the $659 billion Paycheck Protection Program.

To Andy McLeod, who has been named the executive director of Foothills Forum.

Stories that change lives: Impact from member reporting

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