The additional members signal growth in the organization of more than 100 nonprofit news organizations that produce a diverse range of journalism from local, state and regional news to single-subject enterprise reporting.
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The Student Press Law Center will help INN member newsrooms based at universities deal with the unique set of challenges they face, including the navigation of relationships with universities and their policies, privacy issues, and the involvement of student reporters.
Two veteran journalists from nonprofit news organizations are running for opens seats on the INN Board of Directors this year. Elections will be happening on June 3, 2015.
Encino, Calif., May 6, 2015 -- The Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) has received $200,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for general support of INN and for video training for INN member groups. This is the second year of MacArthur’s original grant of a total of $400,000. The first year’s $200,000 also provided general support and video training provided by the Bay Area Video Coalition. “We deeply thank the MacArthur Foundation for its continued support of INN,” said Brant Houston, chair of the INN board of directors. “This ensures that we can once again offer education in shooting great video and provide other services to our members.”
With $50,000 from the grant, INN will join with the Bay Area Video Coalition, an INN member, to bring in reporters from around the country for a video workshop in San Francisco.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, INN’s partner for media law resources and pro bono assistance, recently introduced three new, free mobile apps that INN members likely will find indispensable in the field, both for on-demand legal guidance and for the reporting resource, StoryBase. Each app is designed to address the legal questions a reporter may have on a specific topic. They are: Covering Cops and Courts; Covering Schools; and Recording Guide, which offers guidance on state laws regarding audio and video recording in public places. Each app includes a Legal Guide and the ability to post directly to social media. The apps are available for download at rcfp.org/app.
The Institute for Nonprofit News, formerly known as the Investigative News Network (“INN”), began in response to the need and demand for high quality public service journalism.
We do wish we could have had a less abrupt transition and we were unable to achieve that. But also we know that INN is far more important than one staff member or one board, and we know we need to focus on our future and INN's next phase.