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INN welcomes six new members

We're excited to welcome six new members to INN, raising our total membership to more than 230 nonprofit news outlets:

Columbia Insight is an environmental publication based in and reporting on the Columbia River Basin in Oregon.

Hoptown Chronicle is a community news site reporting for Hopkinsville, KY, founded by Jennifer P. Brown in June 2019. 

Marquette University's O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism is an initiative led by Dave Umhoefer, a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, previously of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Since 2012-13, the O’Brien Fellowship has supported investigative or explanatory reporting projects by 27 journalists from around the country.

In addition, INN is fiscally sponsoring three new members converting from for-profit to nonprofit: 

Berkeleyside is reporting locally in Berkeley, CA. Lance Knobel is the site’s publisher and co-founder. 

Montclair Local is a local newspaper based in Montclair, NJ, founded in 2017 by Heeten Choxi. 

WEHOville was founded by Henry Scott in 2012 and covers West Hollywood. 

Opportunities & resources for INN members


From INN & members: 

New Journalists of Color Resource Guide out now

The Journalists of Color Resource Guide, created by Lam Thuy Vo of BuzzFeed News, Disha Raychaudhuri of and Moiz Syed of ProPublica with support from The News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, is now available. The resource is meant to help journalists of color further their careers or make their organizations better by sharing comprehensive data on the industry.

NewsMatch's Campaign Toolkit webinar debut 

Christina Shih, NewsMatch training director, will debut the NewsMatch Campaign Toolkit, complete with email appeals, templates and more during the Oct. 16 webinar at 10 a.m PT/ 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

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 Wednesday, Oct. 16.

From our friends outside of INN:

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, local or regional newsrooms and from underrepresented backgrounds in journalism. Applications will be open through Wednesday, Oct. 16

Public records and beat reporting webinar

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing is offering a free webinar ⁠— "Become a better business reporter: Learn how to make public records part of your beat reporting" ⁠— on Nov. 18.  Matt Drange, an investigative reporter at The Information, will "show you how to harness state and federal FOI laws to generate a consistent flow of documents you can use on any beat."


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In Case You Missed It

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  • At least 10% of jobs are expected to be cut in the impending Gannett-GateHouse merger. Leaders are saying most of these jobs will be outside of newsrooms.
    Nieman Lab
  • Nonprofit news publication Bridge Magazine shares how they grew its audience by triple digits in one year.
    Facebook Journalism Project
  • A new publication examines the free speech rights of government employees to speak to the public and press about their work.
    Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
  • Using data in stories and blogs has shown more search and social referrals, more engaged minutes and more social interactions.
    What's New in Publishing
  • Transparency is key in building trust — here's how (and why) the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released its data analysis for a story about unsafe playgrounds.
  • Public radio has generated more revenue than public TV — for the first time ever.
  • A video of a President Trump impersonator shooting and stabbing journalists and his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters last week.
    The New York Times

From INN Members

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

As facial recognition begins to face regulatory scrutiny, industry and privacy advocates spar over who owns your data

Election security will be key in 2020. Washington state is already ahead of the curve

Sanctuary City backers sue, claim Tucson officials illegally 'electioneering'
Tucson Sentinel

Restraint, Seclusion, Deception: Parents, regulators left in the dark over school behavior management techniques
Searchlight New Mexico

Can rural broadband help save farm country?
Civil Eats

Membership News

Celebrating member achievements — Congratulations:

To Lyndsey Gilpin, founder of Southerly, for recent coverage of her work: "How do you cover environmental issues in the South? Lyndsey Gilpin is charting a course" in and "Covering Hardship in the American South: A Conversation with Lyndsey Gilpin" in Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity.

To Tina Griego, managing editor of Colorado Independent, who was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame

To North Carolina Health News and Charlottesville Today, which were both selected as part of the third cohort of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Initiative.

To CalMatters, Food and Environment Reporting Network, National Parks Traveler, Colorado Independent and Nevada Independent, which all received grants from University of Colorado Boulder's Water Desk to cover Western water issues.

To our member recipients of the 2019 RTDNA National Murrow Awards:
  • New England Center For Investigative Reporting
  • Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting
  • The Texas Tribune
  • ProPublica
  • The Marshall Project
  • The Intercept
  • Retro Report
  • International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Member Impact:

  • Michigan is joining Complete College America, which works to ensure everyone has a path to postsecondary success. The announcement comes weeks after Chalkbeat Detroit (through a partnership with Detroit Public Television) launched the first installment of a yearlong series, called Ready or Not, that is following four Detroit high school graduates through their first year of college. 
  • Michigan Department of Transportation will install new signs in East Lansing after East Lansing Info wrote a story based on a reader question about minimal signage regarding merging lanes.
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INN Events

Job Listings

Major Gifts Program Director  
Institute for Nonprofit News

Graphic Designer, Managing Editor
San Francisco Public Press

New York Policy Reporter
The Chronicle of Social Change

Development Director
The Oxford American Literary Project

2020 Reporting Internships

Tribal Affairs Editor

Finance Director

Government and Policy Reporter

Senior Radio Editor

Environmental Staff Writer
Voice of San Diego

Editor in Chief
Type Investigations

Training Associate
Center for Technology and Civic Life

Investigative Editor
Columbia Journalism Investigations

Temporary Full-Time Assignment Editor

Executive Editor
This American Life

Audience Analyst
Texas Tribune

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Contact INN

INN, Nonprofit News Strategies
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Learning + Training
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Services & Collaboration
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Fiscal Sponsorship, Business Services
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