INN DAYS: Growing the Business of Nonprofit News

Phoenix, June 21-22, 2017

Join us for INN DAYS 2017, two days of intensive business training for news organizations and entrepreneurial journalists who want to achieve growth and increase their impact. The two days include presentations, hands-on workshops on:

  • Building the one-page action plan for new products or a new strategy
  • Developing a pitch that differentiates you to potential funders
  • Fundraising tactics
  • The ins and out of corporate sponsorships and partnerships


INN DAYS will also feature a Shark Tank funding pitch role play session, funder speed dating rounds, a review of Knight Foundation’s 2016 year-end fundraising campaign as well as the annual INN board and membership meetings.

INN DAYS sessions are free for INN members in good standing, thanks to generous support from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Knight Foundation. You can register for one or both days.

This year INN will provide lunch each day. To reserve your meal(s) and a seat for any of the hands-on training workshops, members must register by May 1.   Any remaining seats after that date will be offered to non-members for $85 which includes lunch.

Travel Help

INN has a limited amount of funding to reimburse some travel costs for members who apply and show need.  INN will reimburse members up to $300 for one day or up to $600 for both INN DAYS, Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22.

Criteria: Reimbursements will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to INN members:

  • in good standing (current on membership dues)
  • that are actively publishing
  • that demonstrate need and how they can apply the training in their organization
  • that submit the reimbursement request and expenses within 90 days of the conference

Limit one complete reimbursement per organization. Please complete your application by April 21.  INN will post a notice on the member listserv once all available funds have been committed. Apply here: Travel Reimbursement Application   


INN DAYS Alternate Hotel

Marriott Springhill Suites Scottsdale North

17020 N. Scottsdale Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Rate: $81/night plus tax. Includes free wifi, breakfast and use of the Marriott Courtyard shuttle service to the conference site and other locations within a 5 mile radius. Shuttle runs from 7am to 7pm.

Reservations: Book the INN DAYS group rate

Deadline for this group rate is May 15, 2017 or until the room block is full.


INN DAYS and IRE Conference Hotel

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge

5350 E. Marriott Drive

Phoenix, AZ 85054

Rate: $189/night (single/double) plus tax. Includes free wifi.  This hotel is selling out quickly.

Reservations: IRE Conference Hotel Reservations and Travel Info

Deadline for reservations is May 30, 2017 or until the room block is full. We suggest you book early since the room block has sold out prior to the deadline in previous years.



Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference

This year’s IRE conference is June 22-25. Here are the  IRE Conference and Registration Details.

INN members who want to attend the IRE Conference must register  IRE Conference Registration ($285 early bird price until June 2). IRE registration is not required for members who want to attend only INN DAYS training sessions.