As the Director of Technology, Adam is responsible for the planning, implementation and measurement of INN’s technology initiatives, including Project Largo, INN’s open-source WordPress content publishing system built specifically to support the needs of long-form news publishers.
Laura Frank of I-News Network, Robert "Rosey" Rosenthal of the Center for Investigative Journalism, the St. Louis Beacon's Margaret Wolf Freivogel and Chuck Lewis of the Investigative Reporting Workshop all return to their organizational oversight and support roles on the INN Board.
INN will continue to support digital and innovative technologies, networking among its members, and the pooling of resources for cost efficiencies among its members. It will also continue to promote the highest standards in journalism.
Cross is a journalism business consultant who has helped launch and position new initiatives in digital media and worked with both commercial companies and nonprofits to generate new revenue and craft communication strategies.
INN Labs has great news for journalists who are looking for an easy way to add editors’ notes or other kinds of additional information to their articles that provide greater transparency and can build reader trust in their coverage.
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.
International business and strategy consultant Hsiu Mei Wong has been named to the board of directors of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a nationwide network of investigative and public service news outlets.
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.
LOS ANGELES — Nov. 7, 2017 — The Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF) and the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) are partnering to provide students of color with summer internships at up to eight nonprofit news organizations in 2018.
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Encino, California — The Investigative News Network, a 501(c)3 membership organization of over 100 nonprofit news organization, announced today that it is refining its mission and changing its name to the Institute for Nonprofit News effective immediately.
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.
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.
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Six more leaders selected for LEAP Initiative to advance strategy and scale for nonprofit newsrooms
LOS ANGELES — The Institute for Nonprofit News announces the spring class 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 six experienced executives selected for the spring class will work together to address their strategic challenges with support and guidance from INN as well as subject-matter experts and business coaches. The participants for the Spring 2018 session are:
The cohort met June 12 for their first meeting in Orlando, Fla. in advance of INN's annual conference, INN Days 2018, where they participated in business leadership workshops alongside INN's Emerging Leaders Council and major gifts training programs. Members also attended the conference. Led by INN Director of Programs and Services Fran Scarlett, 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.
LOS ANGELES — Dec. 11, 2017 — Members of the Institute for Nonprofit News can receive discounted charity registration and compliance services under a new partnership between INN and Charity Compliance Solutions announced Monday. Nonprofit news organizations are required to register in any of 41 states if they actively solicit donations or have donors residing in those states. As public support grows for nonprofit news organizations, those expanding fundraising through email and other campaigns often need to register in multiple states.. The growth of online donations has made compliance even more of a challenge, and many nonprofits find it more cost- and time-effective to work with a charity registration firm than handle their own registrations throughout the year.
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Twenty fellows participating in the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media program for students of color are helping Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) members, along with INN, this summer, as part of a new partnership.
This is the first time the foundation placed fellows who are college students and recent college graduates from its summer fellowship program inside nonprofit news organizations for eight-week internships focused on new media business, technology and editorial.
The Investigative News Network has joined more than 50 other signatories to a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder in opposition to the U.S. Department of Justice's unprecendent subpoenas of Associated Press reporting records.
Investigative News Network CEO Kevin Davis expressed disappointment and concern over the vote by the Wisconsin State Legislature's Joint Finance Committee to evict a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative journalism center from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
CHICAGO — March 19, 2018 — Northwestern University’s Medill School and the Institute for Nonprofit News will collaborate on a new course this spring offering graduate students experience building an audience for news and helping nonprofit publishers build engagement.
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.
The Investigative News Networks (INN) is very pleased to announce the second year of our insurance subsidy program to assist member organizations in need and in good standing* Liability/Errors and Omissions’ insurance and/or Director and Officers’ insurance.
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INN announced the release of the most comprehensive study of nonprofit news today, INN Index, thanks to generous support from Democracy Fund and the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The study was based on a survey of INN members conducted in the spring of 2018. Key findings from the study are: single-subject news is one of the fastest-growing sectors of nonprofit media, more than half of nonprofit newsrooms are generating more than $500,000 in revenue a year and are starting to diversify revenue sources, and two-thirds of resources typically go to editorial operations. The study also found opportunities for the industry: diversifying revenue sources, investing in business development and growing targeted audiences. To view the executive summary and read the full key findings, visit http://inn.org/innindex or download the PDF here.
After more than two and a half years, the IRS has awarded 501(c)3 nonprofit status to the San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit, noncommercial local news organization that publishes in-depth public-interest news daily online at sfpublicpress.org and quarterly in a print newspaper.
Smith will serve as INN’s primary member and client liaison for news organizations working with INN on custom digital development, and she will direct the enhancement of Largo, INN's open source WordPress platform.
Directors of the Institute for Nonprofit News have elected Laura Frank, president and general manager of news at Rocky Mountain PBS, as board chair for the nationwide network of investigative and public service news organizations.
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.
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ORLANDO — June 14, 2018 —Nancy West, executive director of New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism, is joining the Institute for Nonprofit News board of directors as one of three directors elected at INN’s annual meeting. Along with West, INN member news organizations re-elect Marcia Parker, publisher and chief operating officer of CALmatters, and Norberto Santana, publisher of Voice of OC. West replaces Lee Keogh, editor-in-chief of NJ Spotlight, who did not seek re-election. The three will each serve two-year terms starting June 2018 and running through June 2020. Sixty INN members were able to vote for a total of five candidates with three votes each. Other candidates who ran were Tom Gallagher of Religion News Service and Daniel Heimpel of The Chronicle for Social Change.
LOS ANGELES -- Feb. 27, 2017 -- The Institute for Nonprofit News is launching a new program to support leadership and skills development for future leaders of nonprofit news organizations. The INN Emerging Leaders Council will provide training, professional development and peer support for 10 mid-career individuals in nonprofit news who have demonstrated the potential to become top executives and leaders of the nonprofit news media sector in the U.S.
Nonprofit news organizations have grown rapidly across the U.S. About 10 percent of INN’s 120 member organizations reported in 2016 that they were in the process of or had recently completed succession planning to name new leaders, often replacing the founding journalists. “Succession is a milestone in ensuring these newsrooms are here for the long haul and can keep serving and informing their communities,” said INN Executive Director & CEO Sue Cross. “We are excited to encourage and support these emerging leaders who can take the helm of nonprofit news organizations in the future.”
The Emerging Leaders Council is funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, part of EEJF’s generous support of INN programs to advance investigative reporting and professional development for journalists.
The tempest around the Internal Revenue Service's practice of targeting conservative political groups has overshadowed the plight of nonprofit news organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Journalism startups have suffered delays of up to 32 months in a process that normally takes no longer than six months.
Jules Shapiro joined the INN team this week in a new role to direct and lead INN’s marketing and communications strategies and editorial calendar for INN members, INN Labs, the general public and the greater nonprofit journalism community. She has a special focus on marketing member benefits and services along with advocating for nonprofit news across all marketing and communications channels.
LOS ANGELES — June 26, 2017 — Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the center for Responsive Politics and its OpenSecrets.org web site, is joining the Institute for Nonprofit News board of directors as one of three directors elected at INN’s annual meeting.
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Entrepreneur Rafat Ali is joining the board of the Investigative News Network. Ali, who is currently the CEO of Skift, a media startup that covers the travel & leisure industry, was also the founder of PaidContent, one of the leading publications covering the business of online media. "We are delighted that Rafat Ali is joining the INN board," said Brant Houston, chair of the board of directors. "His stellar talent and knowledge in digital media - and his terrific entrepreneurial skills - will contribute greatly to the future of INN." "I am very excited to be joining INN's board and helping in any way I can," says Ali.
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.
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.
Announcing: Business strategy & planning help for nonprofit newsrooms! INN is excited to launch The INN Box: Business & Strategy Office Hours for INN member news organizations, starting Feb. 1. Most INN members went into business because of their passion for investigative and public service journalism, yet to sustain the organization, they’ve had to expand their business acumen. This juggling act can be challenging.
The Investigative News Network (INN) has received approval of non-profit 501(c)(3) status from the IRS, allowing the organization to directly receive grants from foundations and donations from individuals and continue its mission of supporting investigative journalism.
Today, the Institute for Nonprofit News joins journalists across the country in asking you, the public, to stand up for your rights to free speech and an open government.
This started as a campaign by the Boston Globe to ask the President of the United States to knock off attacking the news media. But the President’s attacks on the press aren’t ultimately about the press.
RC comes to INN most recently from a marketing firm in Portland, Maine, where he's held roles as a developer, project manager, and product manager, focusing primarily on data-driven marketing programs and website performance metrics.
Across America over the last year, reporters in nonprofit newsrooms broke thousands of stories while pursuing journalism in the public interest. Here are some of the best from the 120 member newsrooms of INN: Fact-based and community-focused. Transparent and non-partisan. Reporting for you. Reporting by InDepthNH.org in New Hampshire helped free a man who was locked up for seven years even though he wasn't convicted of a crime — with most of those years spent in the state prison's psychiatric unit.