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INN LEAP Fall 2017

Seven leaders join LEAP initiative to advance strategy and scale for nonprofit newsrooms


LOS ANGELES -- September 12, 2017 -- INN announces the inaugural cohort of the LEAP initiative, an executive program designed to help senior leaders of established nonprofit news organizations navigate strategic challenges to advance their growth and impact. The participants for the Fall 2017 session are:


The LEAP Initiative is a leadership program designed to help senior managers of well-established nonprofit news organizations seeking to update or change strategy or move to the next level of growth. LEAP is short for Lead, Execute, Accelerate, Pivot, four moves that help in leading growth in fast-changing environments. The cohort of seven member executives  will work together to address their strategic challenges with support and guidance from subject matter experts and business coaches. LEAP is designed to help them make these strategic shifts, as well as further strengthen and support leading nonprofit news executives in strategic planning and decision-making.

INN @ Temple: Business Intensive for Nonprofit News

INN @ Temple: Business Intensive for Nonprofit News
October 3
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Temple University Center City
Invest One Day. Set up Your Year

Join INN at Temple University in Philadelphia on Oct. 3 for a special one-day business planning intensive for nonprofit news leaders. You’ll get training and coaching from top advisers in two key areas for nonprofit newsrooms: Audience development and sales. Media adviser Tim Griggs and sponsorship sales experts from public media and independent nonprofits provide a day of training tailored to executive directors, development and revenue directors, COOs and audience engagement managers for nonprofit and independent media.

INN launches Amplify news-sharing pilot; Sherry Skalko to direct

CHICAGO — June 29, 2017 — The Institute for Nonprofit News, an incubator and support network for nonprofit newsrooms  with 120+ members organizations across the U.S., is launching Amplify News -- a news distribution, placement and partnership hub to expand the reach and impact of news coverage from Midwestern communities. The Amplify News Midwest pilot will test how  a shared collaboration and distribution hub can help grassroots newsrooms at the local and regional level collaborate and leverage today’s complex digital distribution channels to bring their news reporting to more people. The project is funded by generous grants from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and The Joyce Foundation. The project will be directed by Sherry Skalko, a digital news leader with a record of creating and leveraging quality journalism to drive growth for news outlets, nonprofit organizations and niche publications. She specializes in using technology and data to shape editorial content, audience development and monetization.

OpenSecrets’ Krumholz Elected to INN Board

LOS ANGELES — June 26, 2017 — Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the center for Responsive Politics and its web site, is joining the Institute for Nonprofit News board of directors as one of three directors elected at INN’s annual meeting. Along with Krumholz, INN member news organizations re-elected Laura Frank, president and general manager of news and content at Rocky Mountain PBS and Anne Galloway, editor of VTDigger and the executive director of the Vermont Journalism Trust. Each will serve a two-year term on the 11-person INN board. As executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, Krumholz heads a non-partisan, independent organization that tracks money in politics and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center’s award-winning website, is a comprehensive resource for campaign finance and lobbying data, used by informed citizens, journalists, researchers and others.

Candidates for INN’s 2017 Board of Directors Election

Voting ballots have been distributed to the voting representative of each INN member. INN will continue to send reminders to the voting representatives until the deadline, June 22 at 4:30 p.m. PST. View the full recording of the Q&A with the candidates here, or watch each candidate's individual statement below. Laura Frank
President and General Manager, News, Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network
Laura Frank is President and General Manager of News and Content at Rocky Mountain PBS. Laura was the founder of I-News, the nonprofit investigative news organization that merged with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting in 2013.

Smith to head INN Labs

News technologist Julia Smith will lead product development and technology services for the Institute for Nonprofit News as director of INN Labs.

INN Days 2017

Join us for INN DAYS 2017 - two+ days of intensive business training for news organization who want to move to the next level.

Ten Selected for INN Emerging Leaders Council

LOS ANGELES, April 24, 2017 — Ten mid-career professionals have been selected for the first INN Emerging Leaders Council, a peer group of leading business and news leaders who will meet for a year to work on news industry challenges, build support networks and develop professional skills. INN congratulates:

Jahna Berry, Director of News Products, Mother Jones
Natalie Choate, Director, Media Relations and Partnerships, The Texas Tribune
Lauren Fuhrmann, Associate Director, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Sarah Garland, Executive Editor, The Hechinger Report
Dave Levinthal, Politics Reporting Team Leader, The Center for Public Integrity
Ben Nishimoto, Director of Philanthropy, Honolulu Civil Beat
Brad Racino, Assistant Director, inewsource
Amber Rivera, Engagement Editor, Inside Energy
Paula Saha, Director, Audience & Donor Development, NJ Spotlight
Halle Stockton, Managing Editor, PublicSource
Jason Alcorn, council coordinator and nonprofit news advisor

Council members are mid-career professionals nominated by their organizations for demonstrating potential to lead their organizations and the growing nonprofit news sector. “The range of entrepreneurial talent rising in nonprofit news to create new types of journalism is  incredibly exciting for the future of news,” said INN Executive Director & CEO Sue Cross. “We saw a very strong field of candidates and will work to expand this program to meet the breadth of interest and ability among our members.”

The group will be led by peer and member Jason Alcorn, a nonprofit news consultant and advisor. “We need insightful, innovative leadership that represents the diversity of news and diversity of the communities we serve, and this group reflects that,” said Alcorn.