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INN members well-represented in climate collaboration

CJR and The Nation, in partnership with The Guardian, recently launched the Covering Climate Now initiative, a call to elevate the amount of environmental reporting. More than 60 outlets—including CBS News, the San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American, Italy’s la Repubblica and Vox—have made a commitment to run a week of climate-focused coverage between Sept. 16 and 23.

So far, 12 outlets from INN have committed to the project as well:
  • Civic Story
  • ecoRI News
  • Energy News Network
  • Ensia
  • KPBS
  • New Mexico In Depth
  • Next City
  • PassBlue
  • PublicSource
  • Texas Observer
  • Threshold Podcast
  • WJCT
If you're participating and aren't on this list, let us know. Send an email to launches new state contribution tool

A new tool tracks how much money is being spent in each state for campaign purposes. California is currently in the lead of state with most contributions. 

Just in time for the upcoming election season: the National Institute on Money in Politics, an INN member, just launched its new State at a Glance tool to see where money is being spent in your state elections. 

Covering shootings in a responsible way 

According to, there have been 320 shootings in 2019 so far. INN member The Trace, an outlet that covers gun violence, hopes to change the way media outlets cover these events.

In partnership with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, The Trace will research and develop a set of guidelines for responsible reporting on mass shooters and their motives. They plan to release those guidelines as a set of industry best practices. 

If you or your outlet would like to be involved, please fill out this form to get in touch.


Upcoming opportunities for INN members


From INN: 


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

Business Intensive
Registration is open for Podcast Your Way Into New Audiences and New Revenue, 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. 

Booking a hotel 
INN has a block of rooms reserved at the InterContinental Hotel New Orleans for $179 per night. Roughly 20% of ONA programming will be at the InterContinental, which is just one block from the main ONA conference hotel. Book now — the INN rate is only available until this Thursday, Aug. 22! If you are staying for ONA, extra nights are available at that rate. 

INN & Democracy Fund Happy Hour
After you get settled, join us for a drink and a bite on 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 make sure to RSVP so we have enough food for everybody. See you at the party!

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 Sept. 6, 2019. Newsroom selections will be made by Sept. 13, 2019, in discussion with INN. 

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.

From our friends outside of INN:

Legal resource: Local Legal Initiative 

The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press' new Local Legal Initiative will place a member of their legal team in up to five locations across the country to bolster local enterprise and investigative journalism. Now through Oct. 31, news organizations or potential partners can learn more about the initiative and submit a proposal at

Apply for analytics funding from American Press Institute  

Thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, subsidies are available to use American Press Institute's analytics tool built around newsroom priorities system, Metrics for News, at a reduced cost in up to 10 newsrooms through 2020. 

U.S.- and Canada-based public service outlets are encouraged to apply. Special interest goes to small, rural and mid-sized newsrooms, place-based media outlets, TV/radio outlets and nonprofit newsrooms. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.

> Apply: Metrics for News subsidy 

Upcoming webinar: Chat apps and journalism

Ever wondered how newsrooms could use messaging apps in their daily work? The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will host the webinar "A private affair: chat apps and journalism" at 9 a.m. EST on Thursday, Aug. 22. 

The webinar will feature Shalini Joshi, who works on the TruthBuzz project for the India-based PROTO, and Tai Nalon, executive director and co-founder of Aos Fatos in Brazil. Both will discuss the spread of misinformation through private messaging platforms using their experience as journalists from India and Brazil, two countries highly impacted by false messaging. 

> Sign up for the webinar: Chat apps and journalism

In Case You Missed It

  • New York Times' readers sent in letters on how lawyers and philanthropists can help local news.
    New York Times [Paywall]
  • According to new research, older Americans, black adults and folks with a high school education or less show more interest in local news.
    Pew Research Center
  • We've been saying that collaboration is key for nonprofit news. It turns out to be true for nonprofits across the board.
    Nonprofit Quarterly 
  • ProPublica, an outlet which often leads the industry in large-scale editorial collaborations, released a collaboration data journalism guidebook. This is one to bookmark.
  • The limits of ad-based media outlets are pushing some publishers to nonprofit models.
    Wall Street Journal [Paywall]
  • A Q&A with James Hamilton, director of Stanford University’s Journalism Program, on the economics of information. 
  • Following the announced Gannett/GateHouse merger, Gallup found that the majority of people surveyed expressed concern about the consolidation of local news.
    Knight Foundation

From INN Members

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

Political operatives got donors to give millions. The money wasn’t used as promised. Here’s how they did it.

Documents allege serious medical neglect inside Otay Mesa Detention Center
Voice of San Diego

Mike Hurst, the federal prosecutor who oversaw chicken plant raids, has long been tough on undocumented people—but less so on businesses that hire them
Mississippi Today

‘Someone will get hurt’: Whistleblower alleges major problems in UCSD’s human research protections program

Is the Mississippi River ready for climate change?
Belt Magazine

Membership News

Awards — Congratulations:

Member Impact:

  • A Cook County Circuit judge ruled that Chicago Police Department photographs of its officers are public and must be turned over in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. Cook County Circuit Judge Sanjay Tailor issued the ruling in response to a lawsuit filed by Injustice Watch co-director and longtime journalist Rob Warden, whose 2016 request for photographs of nine officers was denied by the department.
  • An NRA lobbyist is claiming not to be a lobbyist after Florida Bulldog first reported in May that she was not filing quarterly compensation reports, mandatory for lobbyists. Later that month two state legislators – Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, and Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, D-Orlando – filed formal complaints with the State Ethics Commission and Senate and House oversight authorities seeking investigations. 
Pulitzer Center has been named Education Partner for The New York Times Magazine’s ‘The 1619 Project,’ which explores the legacy of slavery in the United States.

Underscore's first story in a series, "Makings of a Street Brawl," was published in partnership with the Pamplin Media Group (Oregon) and The Columbian (Washington State). The series focuses on alt-right groups — what causes people to join these groups, what do they find there, what happens as a result. 

St. Louis Public Radio hosted its first Mini Journalism School this month, a project for readers and listeners looking to become more sophisticated “shoppers” in the modern media environment.

Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism announced last week that it is joining a Politifact Iowa effort, partnering with and The Daily Iowan to launch a new statewide initiative to check the facts on politicians' claims. 

San Fransisco Public Press launched “Civic,” a daily radio show and podcast focusing on local policies, culture and ideas that will broadcast on KSFP 102.5 FM in San Francisco. 

Another leader in collaboration, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, published a blog on the power of collaborative projects across borders.

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Data Reporter
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Princeton University

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