News Startups Accelerate at CJET

Over the next two days, a select group of investigative and community news startups will gather together to work out step-by-step plans to make their organization thrive for years to come.

Executive Training Program for Community News Publishers Launched by The Investigative News Network

Funded by Knight Foundation, the event will be hosted at the Knight Digital Media Center at USC Annenberg, October 18 – 20, 2012. Los Angeles, Calif. – Community news publishers will get expert help tackling business and market challenges through an executive training program from the Investigative News Network (INN). The Community Journalism Executive Training (CJET) program, to be held October 18 – 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif. and hosted at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, is made possible by support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The $100,000 grant allows INN to produce the program and fund attendance for 40 executives from journalism producers around the country.

Knight Foundation Promotes Donor Transparency in Digital Media

The Knight Foundation has announced a new policy to promote donor transparency in digital media. It will require the foundation’s media grantees to disclose major donors, in recognition of transparency’s “core value in the digital age,” according to the foundation. The policy applies to new grants in journalism and media. “As media demand a more open society, society is demanding a more open media,” Knight Foundation’s Michael Maness said. The requirement states that donations of more than $5,000 to Knight-funded projects must be disclosed on the organization’s website.

Knight Foundation Releases Report on Nonprofit Sustainability

Running a nonprofit news organization is tricky business. While the ventures aren’t in it to make money, raising enough of it to achieve the ever-illusive “sustainability” is a constant concern. Today, the Knight Foundation released its report on a year-long sustainability study detailing how a group of successful nonprofit digital newsrooms are engaging audiences and diversifying revenue. Mayur Patel and Michelle McLellan examined eight nonprofit digital news organizations, half of which are INN members:

Voice of San Diego
MinnPost
St. Louis Beacon
New Haven Independent

The report, “Getting Local,” focused on the economic viability, business strategy, social impact and adaptability and capacity of nonprofit ventures.

CEO of INN on New Business Models for Journalism

The inaugural CEO of the newly-formed Investigative News Network, Kevin Davis, spoke this month at a gathering at the University of Southern California about “pioneering new economic models to help to monetize the shared, combined content of the member organizations, in order to achieve a more sustainable journalism.”