INN Teams Up with IRE for Day Focusing on Nonprofits at IRE 2013 Conference

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For the past three years, INN and IRE have worked together to create a program specifically tailored to the needs and issues facing nonprofit investigative newsrooms during the annual IRE conference. This year, on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in San Antonio, TX, we will offer a day filled with leaders in the field, workshops, and idea sharing designed to invigorate nonprofit news veterans and interested newbies alike.

Thanks to generous grants by the McCormick and Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundations, and with the support of the Investigative Reporters & Editors, we are pleased to announce financial assistance to attend the upcoming INN day on June 20 and the IRE conference June 20 - 23, 2013.

The tentative schedule for the day is below. All attendees of the IRE conference are welcome to join, and box lunches will be provided for those qualifying attendees who RSVP.

Based on feedback from last year’s conference, we are bringing back the lightning rounds in which INN members have 5-10 minutes to share their best practices in areas that are of interest for other members. If you are interested in making a presentation, please email Kevin at with your name, the subject or your presentation, and a brief outline. Should we have more submissions than slots, the INN members will be asked to vote on the proposed presentations via a poll in an upcoming newsletter.

As part of the grant from McCormick, there are funds available to underwrite travel and housing costs for INN member organizations in good standing. These funds are for INN members “who otherwise cannot afford to attend.” To RSVP and/or apply for a travel fellowship of up to $1,000 to reimburse actual travel expenses including airfare, lodging and transportation, please email Shelby at The deadline for returning applications to attend will be Friday, May 17, 2013.

Updated Schedule

Breakfast Mixer
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Latest on Philanthropy for Nonprofit News and Media Organizations
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
A roundtable discussion featuring experts in the national, community and topic-focused foundations and in the crowdfunding space. Mark Hallett of the McCormick Foundation, Sue Hale of EEJF, Joe Beyer of the Sundance Institute, John Thornton of Texas Tribune, and Marie Gilot of the Knight Foundation will discuss the realities and strategies employed by successful nonprofit newsrooms and media organizations serving the public interest. Chuck Lewis will moderate the discussion.

Best-Practice Lightning Round Presentations
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Six INN members will quick presentations on the following topics:

  • Trevor Aaronson, FCIR - Turning data journalism into earned income
  • Joe Bergantino, NECIR - Training as an income source (an update on last year's lightening round)
  • Lorie Hearn, Investigative Newsource - On how inewsource and San Diego's public media station are developing a formula for telling investigative stories through radio, television, online, social media and beyond
  • Dave Kaplan, GCIJ - Why you should be thinking globally
  • Pam Dempsey, Investigate Midwest - Agribusiness as a topic for regional collaborations
  • Adam Schweigert, INN - An updated on the Largo CMS

Following the presentations, there will be a 30-minute Q&A.

Lunch Break
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
A boxed lunch will be provided.

A Conversation with Google's Dave Gehring
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
According to Google’s Dave Gehring, the person now responsible at Google for engaging the news media and having them leverage the full-suite of Google products, “the economics for news is increasingly looking stronger.” INN’s Kevin Davis will have a one-on-one conversation with Dave and explore why and what Google is doing to help. Q&A to follow.

Breakout Sessions
2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

  • Branding and membership - Mary Walter Brown and Summer Polacek of Voice of San Diego
  • Quantifying the impact of your journalism - Lauren Fuhrmann of Wisconsin Watch and Jason Alcorn of InvestigateWest
  • Data as a source of collaboration - speakers to be announced

INN & Public Media: The New and Growing Alliance
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
A conversation on INN and public media collaborations: past, present and future, led by Brant Houston.

Get more information about IRE 2013 on the conference website.

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