INN Day 2015

Follow all the updates from INN’s one-day conference including workshops and panels on best practices in nonprofit journalism. (All times are based on Eastern Time.)

7:15 p.m.: The election results are in! Trevor Aaronson of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting has been elected to INN’s Board of Directors and will take over Chuck Lewis’ seat. Laura Frank of Rocky Mountain PBS has been reelected. Read the full announcement.

5:00-6:00 p.m. Executive directors Meeting

3:40-4:50 p.m. Workshops

Dos and don’ts of grant writing
Facilitator: Irma Simpson, INN
Simpson details practical tips for grant writing and ways to help make your proposals more successful.

Technology innovation
Facilitator: Adam Schweigert, INN, @aschweig
Discussion about INN’s technology strategy, specifically tools, training and documentation, and what members want and need from INN.
[Read Adam’s notes here. He’ll be holding office hours online tomorrow from 2-3 p.m. ET for anyone who wants to talk further.]

Creative Marketing
Facilitator: Jason Alcorn, InvestigateWest, @jasonalcorn
You’ve done a branding campaign, but once the money for that is gone, what’s next? Beyond membership campaigns and events, how do we attract more readers? What are the key points to successfully marketing what you do.


2:30-3:30 p.m. Legal really matters: Expert advice and listening to what members need
Katie Townsend and Jeff Hermes give tips on FOI requests, getting pro bono representation, and making sure you have necessary legal protections.They also will want to hear what INN members’ issues and needs are.
Moderator: Denise Malan, INN
Panelists: Jeff Hermes, Media Law Resource Center; Katie Townsend, Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. The latest on foundations and grants
With changes in staff and direction at major foundations, this session will share the latest on philanthropy for nonprofit news and where future money may come from and how to seek it.
Moderator: Brant Houston, INN board chair
Panelists: Sue Hale, Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation; Chuck Lewis, Investigative Reporting Workshop; Irma Simpson, INN

10:10-11:10 a.m. Dealing with mergers, acquisitions and memos of understanding
With collaboration and partnerships a fundamental part of INN members operations, this session will offer guidance on business arrangements with universities and partners and tips from those that recently completed a successful merger.
Moderator: Laura Frank, Rocky Mountain PBS
Panelists: Joe Bergantino, New England Center for Investigative Reporting; Margie Freivogel, St. Louis Public Radio; Andy Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; Lorie Hearn, inewsource

9-10 a.m. The latest best practices in nonprofit news
Leaders of large and small nonprofits share their latest successes in funding content and the lessons learned while building their organizations.
Moderator: Lisa Williams, INN
Panelists: Joaquin Alvarado, Center for Investigative Reporting/Reveal; Anne Galloway, VTDigger; Richard Tofel, ProPublica