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Nonprofit newsrooms showcase work in 2020 Collaborative Journalism Summit

May 15, 2020

As the Center for Cooperative Media kicks off the second day of its conference, our members are prepared to showcase their excellent work in collaborative journalism.

We’re so pleased to see a strong showing of collaborative journalism from our members. Of the 17 programming sessions, including panels, lightning talks and coffee breaks, our members are featured on 11. In other words, nonprofit news is represented in 65% of this conference, which spans the entire journalism industry.

We’re thrilled that a representative from each of the three collaborations led by the Institute for Nonprofit News’ Amplify News ProjectSeeking a Cure, From Rust to Resilience and Lens on Lightfoot — will be discussing their experience in a collaborative journalism project today.

INN members believe in the power of collaboration. Collaboration is a way for members to expand the reach and, potentially, the impact of their journalism. Additionally, collaborations often offer the organization new resources, financially or otherwise, and grow the social capital of newsrooms as the reporting introduces new audiences to participating outlets.

INN collaborations tend to be initiated by our members. Collaborations Leader Sharon McGowan has worked to establish a system of best practices for bringing together collaborations of nonprofit newsrooms and to support four high-quality journalism projects in the last 16 months.

The first series, Seeking a Cure: The Quest to Save Rural Hospitals, reached 32 states and more than 120 outlets, many of which would not have otherwise been able to publish high-quality reporting on rural healthcare. The reach from this project has spurred interest in additional collaborations, including Slammed: Rural Health Care and COVID-19, the recently launched project initiated by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

You can hear from INN members directly about their experience in collaborative journalism today at the Center for Cooperative Media’s conference (Registration required):

There’s still time to drop in on yesterday’s conversations with transcripts and notes via Google Doc available here. Some members featured:

Thank you to the Center for Cooperative Media for its excellent conference and thanks to all of our members for their inspiring work in collaborative journalism! If you’re an INN member and have an idea for a collaborative project, please reach out to or

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