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INN Days 2020: Pre-registration is now open for members!

Asraa Mustufa from Chicago Reporter presents during INN Days 2019. Don't miss what's to come this year! (Photo by Michael Stravato) 

Members: INN Days 2020 is rapidly approaching! Register today for the only conference designed specifically for nonprofit newsrooms, INN Days 2020! Early bird registration is $129 and only open to members until April 17. Regular registration, which will be $169 for members and $209 for non-members, will open April 18.

INN Days, June 16-17 in Washington, D.C., brings together the brightest from across nonprofit news. Before the conference, members can engage in skill-building cohorts during a pre-conference day on June 15. Regular conference sessions will help members build relationships with donors, engage with underrepresented audiences and get trained in branding, marketing and more. Details of the 2020 agenda are still to be announced (including reviewing all of your session proposals!), but here's the agenda from last year's conference for a look at what's to come. Especially during this time of rapid growth for nonprofit news, learn what's working from those who are pioneering the movement by attending INN Days 2020. 

After registration, you can prepare for INN Days by:
  • Helping facilitate a new cohort: We currently have three closed cohorts and several open peer groups that traditionally meet at INN Days: Rural newsrooms, statehouse newsrooms and development directors. What are we missing? Help facilitate a new cohort. Deadline to pitch is Friday, Feb. 28.
  • Apply for a travel scholarship: INN will reimburse member organizations up to $200 for one day of travel costs and up to $400 for two days of travel costs for one staff member to attend INN Days conference. Applications will open soon — stay tuned.
  • Reserve your hotel room:  Don't wait until registration is closed— reserve your room at The Westin Alexandria Old Town for INN's rate of $179 per night. Especially during this election year, hotels rooms are at a premium in the DC area in 2020.
If you're interested in sponsoring INN Days — or hearing more about our sponsorship opportunities —  get in touch with INN Days Sponsorship Manager Mark Glaser at

Questions about the compensation study and INN Index? Our webinar is on-demand 

In case you missed our webinar discussing details on this year's INN Index and compensation study, you can now access the webinar on-demand. Any further questions about INN Index or the compensation study can be directed to or, respectively.

Sign up with the Labs team to discuss CMS questions — and apply for a digital publishing system grant 

Knight Foundation announced it will offer one-time grants of up to $20,000 to 25 publishers for the adoption or management of a digital publishing system. This is a huge opportunity for nonprofit news organizations and newsrooms serving underrepresented communities to move to a new content management system or to upgrade their existing system in 2020. Apply before March 8!

Sign up for a time to discuss your CMS questions for free with the news technologists at INN Labs.

Opportunities & resources



  • The International Center for Journalists seeks nominations for the 2020 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Awards. Entries due by Feb. 21.
  • The Solutions Journalism Network is teaming up with Hearken to support newsrooms interested in combining an audience-centered approach to elections coverage with solutions journalism. Apply by Feb. 25.
  • The Brechner Center sponsors a $3,000 cash award recognizing excellence in reporting about freedom of information, access to government-held information or the First Amendment. Entries are due by Feb. 28.
  • Have an idea for a public records request that can unlock important stories at the state, local or federal level? Share it through MuckRock — and get a shot at over $1,000 in prizes. Submit by Feb. 29.


  • ProPublica is reporting on the systems that have created inaccessible and unaffordable diabetes care, looking to talk to diabetes patients and their relatives, researchers, medical professionals, lawmakers and pharmaceutical representatives. Share your story or expertise here.
  • Electionland is a free collaboration that provides resources, trainings, data and tips to newsrooms to do reporting on voting problems and election administration issues. They're recruiting newsroom partners.
  • With the launch of The Accountability Project, a new data resource that allows anyone to search across a wide variety of public data sets, the Investigative Reporting Workshop is accepting pitches for stories that draw from its database. 


  • At VTDigger's Fast Forward event tonight, Feb. 18, "Why isn't the state an open book?" a panel of journalists, government officials and experts will debate a new Vermont Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the public has a right to “inspect” documents for free and can only be charged when a “copy” is requested.


  • How City Bureau is exploring what impact means in a people-centered, community news lab.
  • Customized recommendations for your newsletter on the four key areas that impact audience growth, from News Revenue Hub.
Have an opportunity to share with INN members? Email

In Case You Missed It

  • A Google company unveiled a new tool to help journalists spot doctored images.
    The New York Times
  • Opinion: Newspaper endorsements have outlived their usefulness, especially as nonprofit newsrooms aren't allowed to endorse candidates.
    WGBH/Media Nation
  • While donors give lots of personal information to Facebook through its donate button, Facebook passes very little of that data back to the nonprofit using the tool.
  • The average subscription length is 22 to 24 months, FOMO can drive growth and annual discounts work: Lessons on building memberships.
  • Though they were part of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' "China Cables" collaboration, the New York Times published its own investigation just a week before ICIJ's — posing questions about ethics in collaborative journalism.
    Washington Post
  • McClatchy, the nation's second-largest newspaper chain, filed for bankruptcy last week.
    Nieman Lab 
  • Texas Tribune Co-Founder and American Journalism Project CEO John Thorton on why local news can't survive on a for-profit model. 

From INN Members

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

Salvation or pipe dream? A movement grows to protect up to half the planet
Yale Environment 360

Native American voters get boost in North Dakota
Center for Public Integrity

Rewired: A two-part investigation into a promising and experimental brain treatment 

Jury orders Monsanto, BASF to pay peach farmer $250 million in punitive damages
Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

The billionaire Wilks family bankrolls one of its own in run for Texas house
Texas Tribune

Membership News

Celebrating member achievements — Congratulations:

To Mongabay and its “Indonesia for Sale” series partner The Gecko Project, which were honored with a Fetisov Journalism Award for an investigative report produced in collaboration with Indonesia’s Tempo magazine and Malaysiakini.

To The Trace, The Narwhal, Wisconsin Watch and the partners in the "Seeking a Cure" collaboration (including IowaWatch, KCUR, Bridge Magazine, Wisconsin WatchWFYI's Side Effects Public Media and The Conversation) on their work being selected for The Best Solutions Journalism of 2019.

To OpenCampus, which is sending 10 college journalists to the Education Writers Association annual meeting in Orlando this spring, using funds raised during NewsMatch, for training on how to cover higher ed.

To Chalkbeat, The Devil Strip, The Narwhal, San José Spotlight, Scalawag, Voice of OC and Wausau Pilot & Review for being selected to participate in the second round of the Facebook Membership Accelerator.


Stories that change lives: Impact from member reporting:

  • A candidate for Cook County circuit judge has resigned as Democratic committeeman for Palatine Township, one week after Injustice Watch reported that he appeared to be violating judicial ethics rules by holding a political office while running for judge.
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Contact INN

INN, Nonprofit News Strategies
Sue Cross | Email | @suecross

Mara Jezior | Email | @marajezior

Learning + Training
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Jonathan Kealing | Email | @JKealing
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Mark Glaser | Email

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