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INNovation Fund Winners Announced

Encino, Calif., April 15, 2014 -- Investigative News Network is announcing 8 winners of the first round of its INNovation Fund grants, for a total of $236,280.  Initially established with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the INNovation Fund’s sole purpose is to spur nonprofit newsrooms to undertake innovative projects that will bring their organization closer to sustainability. "We were delighted to receive so many proposals from the various members of the nonprofit news and public media communities," said Kevin Davis, CEO & Executive Director of the Investigative News Network.  "While we only had sufficient funds to move forward with eight out of 118 proposals, we are very excited by the breadth and types of business experimentation exemplified by the finalists." “The INNovation Fund was created to cultivate experimentation and new ideas newrooms,” said Michael Maness, Knight Foundation vice-president of journalism and media innovation. Continue Reading →

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What Makes Crowdsourcing Campaigns for News Work?

At INN, our core mission is to create sustainable, independent nonprofit news organizations -- so we're fascinated by the many different approaches journalists are using to fund their work. Lyra McKee of The Muckraker is writing a book about the 33 year old murder of Robert Bradford, a politician from Northern Ireland.  In exchange for a donation, backers get access to the book as it's being written.  We asked Lyra what she's learned about crowdfunding an investigative journalism project. "If I could offer any advice on doing a crowdfunding campaign, it's - don't set a target you want, set the target you think you can get," says McKee.  "It's not the be all and end all: you've got to look at it as part of a longer process of nurturing readers and bringing them into the fold. Continue Reading →

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McCormick, Ethics & Excellence in Journalism and Patterson Renew Their Commitment To Supporting Nonprofit Journalism Through INN

Today we'd like to take a moment to highlight the efforts of multiple foundations who are working with INN to build and promote long-term sustainability for independent nonprofit news publishers. The McCormick Foundation is helping INN build an emergency legal fund for members.  Legal threats -- and the costs associated with defending against them -- can cause fledgling organizations to capsize.  INN and McCormick want to be there for independent nonprofit news organizations when emergency strikes. "INN plays a pivotal role in offering support and vital services to its non-profit journalism members,” said McCormick Foundation Journalism Program Director Clark Bell. Continue Reading →

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Editing Data Projects — Even If You’re Not a “Data Person.”


"I was one of those editors who worked at big places like the Washington Post for thirty years," says Sharon Walsh of PublicSource, an INN member.  "We had *people* who did that!  We had CAR people who did things we didn't really understand and we had good people and we just trusted them." "Now I'm the editor of the Pennsylvania Public Source, and I live in a place where residents might want to know about things like, say, amusement park safety.  (Natasha Khan and Allie Kanik worked on this project.)  Our governor says that it's the safest place in the country to take your kids to an amusement park. Continue Reading →

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Ken Doctor devoted much of his most recent NiemanLab post, "The Newsonomics of Measuring the Real Impact of News" to INN's new sharefunding tool,
Hello there! It’s me, your friendly neighborhood Tweet Button. What if you could tap me and unlock a brand new source of funding for startup news sources of all kinds? What if, even better, you the reader could tap that money loose with a single click? That’s the delightfully simple conceit behind a little widget,, you may have seen popping up as you traverse the news web. Continue Reading →

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What you need to know about the $1 million INNovation Fund


Together, INN and the Knight Foundation have launched the Knight-funded INNovation Fund to help online news providers diversify their revenues, invest in their businesses and experiment with technology innovations to help increase their prospects for long-term viability. The following is a Q&A to help you decide if the INNovation Fund is right for you. Continue Reading →

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The Democracy Fund Makes Investment in the Investigative News Network and the Nonprofit News Sector


The Investigative News Network (INN) is happy to announce that the Democracy Fund has approved a grant up to $500,000 over two years in in INN to support programs that further the democratic process by informing communities with investigative and public service journalism. Continue Reading →

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