Brant Houston, Kevin Davis Discuss Nonprofit Investigative Journalism on Illinois Public Media

At a time when newsrooms are cutting their budgets for investigative journalism, nonprofit news organizations have an important role to fill. In-depth reporting is as important as ever for holding the powers that be accountable and investigative nonprofits are in a unique position to serve the public. INN’s Board Chair Brant Houston and CEO Kevin Davis spoke to Craig Cohen at Illinois Public Media last week about the role of investigative nonprofits in journalism’s future. ProPublica’s Managing Editor Stephen Engelberg also joined the program to discuss his organization’s focus. The full interview is available to stream or download on Illinois Public Media’s website. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

The Patterson Foundation’s Janet Coats on Funding Journalism Startups

Earlier this month, the Patterson Foundation’s New Media Journalism Initiative Manager Janet Coats and INN’s CEO Kevin Davis organized a meeting of funders and network organizations to discuss financial sustainability for journalism startups. Read Coats’ full report from the meeting. In an interview with INN, Coats discusses the impetus behind the meeting, what was learned, and what comes next. INN: What were you hoping to accomplish with this meeting of funders and publishers? Coats: At minimum, we saw an opportunity to cross-pollinate the conversation about sustaining independent journalism and I think Kevin and I are uniquely positioned in many respects — we hear from both funders and from publishers about their issues and concerns. But there haven’t been many opportunities for deep conversation between these two constituencies about what publishers really need and what funders are really in a position to provide. Continue Reading