Open Society Foundations Award INN Grant to Provide Subsidies to Nonprofit Newsrooms for Insurance and Technology

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) has awarded $300,000 over two years to the Investigative News Network to provide funds to assist start-up member organizations in network’s technology and insurance initiatives.

The grant also provides general support to the network of 74 nonprofit newsrooms to enable them to provide ongoing services in back office and project collaboration.

“Over the past two years INN has worked to provide member organizations with best-in-class, cost-saving, back office and technology solutions,” said INN CEO & Executive Director Kevin Davis. “Thanks to the generosity of the Open Society Foundations, we can now provide meaningful subsidies to help more member newsrooms, especially the start-up and early stage organizations.”

For 2013, the technology component of the grant provides $50,000 to assist INN member organizations interested in migrating their existing websites over to the Largo Project hosted WordPress CMS platform.

Key features of the platform include a responsive design making content more easily read on tablets and smartphones, easy-to-configure templates optimized for long-form content, and pre-configured plugins to fit the specific needs of each news organization.

INN member organizations interested in applying for a subsidy will need to complete an application form. INN will then work with each qualifying member and, if necessary, a pre-qualified outside vendor to configure the platform and migrate content from an existing website. More information about Largo Project is available at http://largoproject.org.

“Largo helps us put powerful publishing tools in the hands of our members,” said INN’s Director of Technology Adam Schweigert. “With the help of this grant we’re going to be able to make this technology accessible to even more news organizations.”

OSF will also provide $100,000 over the next two years that will allow INN to subsidize member organizations that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability but who lack adequate risk management insurance coverage. The goal of the program is to educate INN’s members on the importance of risk management, and to ensure that they have adequate coverage for their investigative journalism projects and operations. INN member organizations that wish to apply for this insurance subsidy should complete a program application form. Qualifying members will then be contacted to arrange for an insurance quote through the brokerage of White & Company.

The Investigative News Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to advancing excellence and sustainability in the nonprofit investigative and public service sector. INN was founded in 2009 to help the increasing number of nonprofit newsrooms pool resources, promote editorial collaborations and get wider distribution of their work.

INN is composed of organizations that produce nonpartisan investigative and public service journalism of regional, national and international scope. INN members produce original, multi-media longform and ongoing stories and analyses of public data to better inform the communities they serve.