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Journo.biz is the trade publication of the Institute for Nonprofit News (formerly the Investigative News Network) documenting best practices in nonprofit and independent news.

Journo.biz is also the publishing home of the INNovation Fund projects. Learn more.

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Kevin Davis — Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

KevinDavis-width 157pxKevin Davis is CEO and Executive Director of the Investigative News Network (INN), a growing consortium of more than 80 nonprofit newsrooms producing nonpartisan investigative and public interest journalism. Davis oversees INN’s efforts to promote the sustainability of its member organizations, and increase the impact of their reporting through collaboration.

As a former digital publisher, Davis has more than 16 years of experience in strategic development and growth at news and media organizations. He was responsible for operations at Los Angeles-based news organizations Variety.com and TheWrap.com.

Since his appointment to INN, Davis has spoken and lectured about the nonprofit, investigative journalism sector at conferences and institutions across the United States, including the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters & Editors, the National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, USC Annenberg, Syracuse University, Ohio State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was the 2011 Hearst Professional-in-Residence.

In 2011, Davis and INN Board Chair Brant Houston accepted the Manship Prize on behalf of INN at LSU’s School of Mass Communication. Davis also testified about nonprofit journalism and the IRS at the FCC’s 2011 hearing on “the Information Needs of Communities,” hosted by Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

He can be reached by email at kevin@inn.org or on Twitter.

Luis Gomez — Editor and Business Reporter

unnamedLuis Gomez is the editor and business reporter for INN where he is responsible for documenting the experimentation and results of INNovation Fund grantees. As an editor, he is also responsible for aggregating and publishing reports on the works of other nonprofit and independent journalism organizations. You can read the some of the documentation in the INNovation Fund page, which will be public soon.

Luis joined INN in April 2014 after working in print and digital media for the past 10 years. Luis has worked as a reporter for a variety of daily newspapers, including the Naples Daily News, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, the Santa Maria Times and the Imperial Valley Press. Most recently, Luis worked as a digital producer for Southern California Public Radio, Yahoo and Inside.com. He also teaches digital media for Mediabistro and Cal State University, Fullerton.

Luis is a graduate from Cal Poly Pomona where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in journalism. Luis can be reached by email at luis@inn.org.

Denise Malan — INN/IRE Director of Data Services

denise01_thumbnailDenise Malan is director of data services for INN and Investigative Reporters and Editors, responsible for helping INN newsrooms collaborate on investigative data projects. As a joint employee of INN and IRE, she also helps INN members take advantage of the vast resources at IRE, including a database library and training.

Denise has been a journalist for 10 years, covering education, government, politics, the environment and enterprise stories on a variety of subjects. She was data/investigative editor at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Texas for three years, joining INN and IRE in June 2013.

Denise can be reached by email at denise@ire.org or on Twitter @DeniseMalan.

Lisa Williams — Director of Digital Engagement

Headshot_bigLisa Williams is the Director of Digital Engagement for INN, where she helps INN members develop strategies to connect with funders, partners, and audience members.  Prior to joining INN, Williams founded Placeblogger, which was a winner of the Knight 21st Century News Challenge, a program that awards $5 million dollars annually to innovators with projects that aim to define the future of journalism.  Ms. Williams has been fellow at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media, worked at The Boston Globe’s online arm, Boston.com, and began a local news site, H2Otown, that became a national model of online engagement.  Ms. Williams has won many professional awards and distinctions, including  the 2009 New Media Women Entrepreneur of the Year award, “Top 25 Women to Watch in Tech”  in 2010 by AlwaysOn/Stanford Innovation Forum, 50 Women To Watch In 2013 / Digital Media by Journalists.co.uk, and was a 2007 Peter Jennings Fellow at the National Center for the Constitution.

Lisa can be reached at lisa@inn.org or on Twitter at @lisawilliams.


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