Emerging Leaders

Nonprofit news is growing rapidly, and so is demand for people with the vision and skill to lead the field. INN formed the Emerging Leaders Council in 2017 to identify and support current and future leaders in nonprofit news through a professional development program.

This program teaches leadership, management and business tools that yield immediate results, and it creates space for participants to develop and launch a project with help from a supportive network.

This program is for full-time staff at INN member organizations who can advance the nonprofit news sector throughout the next decade. We encourage the nomination of individuals mid-level in their careers who have the potential to lead their own or another organization, or leaders of small organizations who want to develop their ability to run larger nonprofits.

In particular, we seek candidates who:

  • Show potential to lead a nonprofit news organization
  • Express interest in management strategies and building business leadership skills
  • We want to retain in nonprofit news
  • Reflect the diversity of the communities they serve
  • Will invest in the peer group as well as draw from it

Throughout the four-month program, participants will come together once in person for a workshop designed for nonprofit leaders, and they will meet twice monthly via videoconferencing for project development and follow-through, leadership and business skills discussions.

Applicants must be nominated by their Executive Director/CEO, or if they themselves are the director of a small organization, nominated by their board chair. The cohort will be selected from among the eligible nominations by a panel of INN and industry leaders.

Applications have not yet opened for a 2021 program.

If you have questions about the program, please email Sara Shahriari at sara.s@inn.org

Emerging Leaders Alumni

These leaders represent the excellence and diversity of nonprofit news organizations working to inform communities through factual journalism and build philanthropic support for news. Positions are those held at the time of their participation in the program.

 Suzanne Behnke (2020) Executive Director and Editor, The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism

 

 

Jahna Berry (2020) Chief Operating Officer, Mother Jones

 

 

 

 Annie Chabel (2020) Chief Operating Officer, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

 

 

Lauchlin Fields (2020) Audience Development Director, Mississippi Today

 

 

Mukhtar Ibrahim (2020) Editor and Executive Editor, Sahan Journal

 

 

Judy Lin (2020) Assistant Editor, CalMatters

 

 

 

Loren Lynch (2020) Chief Revenue Officer, The Texas Observer

 

 

 

Corrie MacLaggan (2020) Managing Editor, Texas Tribune

 

 

 

Jim Malewitz (2020) Investigations Editor, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Reporting

 

 

Irene Romulo (2020) Co-Founder, Cicero Independiente

 

 

 

Brandon Quester (2020) Executive Editor and Director, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting

 

 

Thomas Brennan (2019) Founder, The War Horse

 

 

Brian Calvert (2019) Editor-in-Chief, High Country News

 

 

Candice Fortman (2019) Chief of Engagement and Operations, Outlier Media

 

 

Lucas Grindley (2019) Executive Director, Next City

 

 

Andrea Faye Hart (2019) Co-Founder and Director of Community Engagement, City Bureau

 

Brian Hiatt (2019) Marketing and Membership Director, Mother Jones

 

Kay Lima (2019) Director, INN Labs

 

 

Byrhonda Lyons (2019) Video Journalist, CALmatters

 

 

Asraa Mustufa (2019) Digital Editor, The Chicago Reporter

 

 

Akoto Ofori-Atta (2019) Managing Editor, The Trace

 

 

Tasneem Raja (2019) Executive Editor, The Tyler Loop

 

Jim Small AZCIR

Jim Small (2017) Executive Director and Editor, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting

Natalie Choate INN Emerging Leader

Natalie Choate (2017) Director of Media Relations and Partnerships, Texas Tribune

 

Lauren Fuhrmann INN Emerging Leader

Lauren Fuhrmann (2017) Associate Director, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

 

Sarah Garland INN Emerging Leader

Sarah Garland (2017) Executive Editor, The Hechinger Report

 

Dave Levinthal | Center for Public Integrity

Dave Levinthal (2017) Federal Politics Editor and Senior Reporter, Center for Public Integrity

 

Ben Nishimoto | Honolulu Civil Beat

Ben Nishimoto (2017) Director of Philanthropy, Honolulu Civil Beat

 

Brad Racino | inewsource

Brad Racino (2017) Senior Reporter, Assistant Director and Director of Partnerships & Innovation, inewsource

 

Amber Rivera | Inside Energy

Amber Rivera (2017) Engagement Editor, Inside Energy

 

Paula Saha | NJ Spotlight

Paula Saha (2017) Director of Audience and Donor Development, NJ Spotlight

 

Halle Stockton | PublicSource

Halle Stockton (2017) Managing Editor, PublicSource