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Recruiting at the NABJ conference

Byrhonda Lyons, video producer for CALMatters, and INN's Fran Scarlett at the INN booth at the NABJ conference in Miami.

One of INN’s strategic initiatives is to create a diverse talent pipeline for nonprofit news. To that end, INN had a booth at the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists’ Convention & Career Expo to promote careers in the nonprofit news sector.

Fran Scarlett, INN's chief knowledge officer, went to the "Fight The Power: Press Forward with Passion and Purpose" conference in Miami last week to showcase the jobs currently open at our member outlets.

Many of our members joined her in the booth, including INN Emerging Leader Byrhonda Lyons of CALMatters. Her documentary, "Why California's mentally ill are struggling to find care," aired on PBS NewsHour last week.

INN members well-represented among OJA finalists

The finalists for the Online Journalism Awards were announced today, and nonprofit news outlets didn't hesitate to submit their best work. The OJAs recognize major media, international and independent sites and individuals producing innovative work in digital storytelling. A list of INN member finalists:
  • ProPublica / ProPublica Illinois
  • Texas Tribune
  • Honolulu Civil Beat
  • Better Government Association
  • The Marshall Project
  • The Trace
  • Science News
  • CALMatters
  • Reveal
  • Type Investigations
  • International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
  • The Intercept 
  • InsideClimate News
  • Center for Public Integrity
  • City Bureau
  • PA Post
  • Centro de Periodismo Investigativo
Congratulations to all finalists and thank you for your great work! Honorees will be announced on the final night of ONA19, the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, Sept. 12-14, at the Sheraton in New Orleans, LA.

From INN Days: The Keynote Speech

Jennifer McCrea, CEO and founder of Exponential Fundraising, shares advice on how to build support for excellent journalism.

Here's a treat for those who were unable to attend this year's INN Days: Keynote speaker Jennifer McCrea, CEO and founder of Exponential Fundraising, talks about how to connect money and meaning to mobilize supporters for news. As NewsMatch approaches, take a few minutes to listen to one of the country’s leading fundraising advisers. She works with many organizations that are successfully building public support for great journalism.

INN member Sahan Journal launches

After several months of hard work (and lots of coffee), Sahan Journal is ready to unveil its website to the world. Sahan Journal is dedicated to providing authentic news reporting about Minnesota's new immigrants and refugees. The journal's mission is to tell authentic and accurate news stories about our immigrants and refugees, so that more people from these communities will see themselves reflected in news coverage. 

INN member Insider Louisville closes

Insider Louisville shut down last week after nine years of publication. They converted to a nonprofit in December 2017 and were founded as a for-profit outlet in the summer of 2010. David A. Jones Jr., the former chair of the board of Insider Media Group Inc, wrote about lessons learned during his time with the organization.

Mourning the loss of Maricarrol Kueter, founding editor of South Dakota News Watch

We're saddened to share this news.
Maricarrol worked for more than a year to create the news site, often tapping the knowledge of other INN members in her planning. She and her partners felt strongly that South Dakotans deserved in-depth news, and they have worked incredibly hard to find ways to fund good journalism in a small state. Take a minute to leave a comment at South Dakota News Watch for her community and her partners carrying on this work.

Join Us in NOLA for INN Business Intensive 2019

Early registration for INN's Business Intensive has been extended to Aug. 19. Podcast Your Way Into New Audiences and New Revenue will be Sept. 11 in New Orleans before the Online News Association conference. We'll be joined by PRX's Director of Training Kerry Donahue and Training Lead Lindsay Abrams. Early registration is only $59while regular registration is $89. 

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. Level up your podcast with a day of lectures, discussions and hands-on activities to grow your skills and audio projects. This workshop, which is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will be customized to participants' needs.

Hotel & Travel Scholarships

INN has a block of rooms reserved at the InterContinental Hotel New Orleans for $179 per night. The InterContinental is less than a five-minute walk from the ONA conference hotel. Book early—the INN rate is only available until Aug. 22 and rooms are expected to go quickly. If you are staying for ONA, extra nights are available at that rate.

Because we'd love to see you there: INN is offering a limited number of travel reimbursements for member organizations — up to $200 for one day of travel costs for one staff member to attend INN Business Intensive. Reimbursements will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to members in good standing who are actively publishing or can demonstrate need and how they would apply the training. There is only one travel stipend remaining. To be considered for reimbursement, complete the registration survey, finalize your registration and complete the application for travel reimbursement. See you in New Orleans!

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. This is the second year of the program. In 2019, students were placed with INN members inewsource, VTDigger, The Conversation and KCUR.

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.

Available resource: Quartz's AI Studio & data challenges

Learn how to spot data challenges that can be solved by machine learning, and how to get free help solving those problems by collaborating with the Quartz AI Studio. This is a recorded webinar available through INN Labs.

> Webinar: Spot When AI Can Help Your Investigation

Upcoming webinar: Reddit for local media

From Local Media Association: Local media organizations use Reddit for content discovery, source-building, community engagement and more. In this webinar, see how publishers and broadcasters find success and ROI on the platform. Gabriel Sands from Reddit's media partnerships team will showcase recent examples of how local media discover highly engaging stories, gain new audience, and deepen community relationships. Whether you're relatively new to the platform or have years of experience, this is an opportunity to dive deep and ask questions that will help you start or strengthen your Reddit strategy. This training will be Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. ET.

> Sign up for the webinar: Reddit for local media

INN Services

Insurance services for media and nonprofit organizations

INN has established relationships with several leading providers of insurance for media and nonprofit organizations, leveraging the size of our network to obtain preferred policies for our members and allied journalism organizations. From media liability protection to general liability insurance, don't wait until you need legal assistance to pursue it. 

Learn more on the INN Services Portal.

In Case You Missed It

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    American Journalism Project
  • Facebook announced it would pay publishers as much as $3 million to supply stories for a curated "news" section on their site.
    Columbia Journalism Review
  • How Hearst's product team regularly helps their 360 companies reach 42 million unique visitors in the country.
    World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers
  • A new study finds that community foundations experienced almost no growth over 2018.
    Nonprofit Quarterly
  • Pultizer Center's Bringing Stories Home, ProPublica's Local Reporting Network and GroundTruth's Report for America project are featured among several projects currently working to help local newsrooms, which continue to shrink and consolidate.
  • Nonprofit news outlet Pacific Standard announced its closure last week after the primary foundation that supported it withdrew funding.
    Nieman Lab
  • How the 14 metro newspapers that participated in the Facebook Subscription Acquisition Accelerator converted more readers to paying subscribers.
    The Lensfest Institute 

From INN Members

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

GEO-run Aurora ICE Detention Center is isolating immigrants – some mentally ill – in prolonged solitary confinement
Colorado Independent

When Arizona catches fire, prisoners step up
High Country News

Living #Ferguson: 5 Years After the Killing of Michael Brown Jr.
St. Louis Public Radio

California’s big spending push for children could have national impact

Texans are more supportive of gun reform than you might think
The Trace

Membership News

Awards — Congratulations:

Member Impact:

  • Bridge Magazine's recent reporting revealed the number of long-term, often untrained subs running public school classrooms has risen tenfold in the past five school years. New Michigan State Superintendent Michael Rice and one of his predecessors criticized the growing use of long-term substitute teachers in public schools, saying the practice has grown out of hand. 
  • Read and listen to discussions spurred by Better Government Association's O'Hare airport investigation, ranging from editorials to radio interviews on the story.
  • Saying they need to “get to the bottom of this injustice,” Illinois lawmakers grilled university and state financial aid officials about how to prevent families from exploiting guardianship laws to obtain need-based college financial aid. This comes after a ProPublica Illinois investigation on how nearly four dozen families from the northern Chicago suburbs went to court to give up legal guardianship of their children, sometimes a few months before they turned 18, to relatives or friends.
St. Louis Public Radio was one of two outlets chosen by Public Media Journalists Association to receive free Workplace Integrity training as part of a pilot project with the Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project to work with stations to improve their cultures.

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