Solutions Journalism Network Brings Collaboration to the Rural West

“The Collaboration of the Week” is a special series of feature stories and podcast segments at MediaShift highlighting one important media collaboration and explaining how they did it. The series is sponsored by Airtable, the all-in-one collaboration platform for creative teams. Receive $50 in credit by visiting airtable.com/mediashift. “Why save the small town?” It’s a headline that the High Country News ran in a series of stories on issues facing rural communities in New Mexico. The series is part of a multi-year, evolving collaborative project that started in 2016 as Small Towns, Big Change and is now getting ready to publish as a new project in Montana. The project connects small newsrooms in rural communities with each other to better cover local issues in areas with limited news coverage. The sustainability of rural life and the future of rural communities are the overarching themes of the project’s coverage, with
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How ProPublica, 100+ News Partners Documented Hate Crimes in America

“The Collaboration of the Week” is a special series of feature stories and podcast segments at MediaShift highlighting one important media collaboration and explaining how they did it. The series is sponsored by Airtable, the all-in-one collaboration platform for creative teams. Receive $50 in credit by visiting airtable.com/mediashift. There are collaborations that come to life to report on vast troves of data and then there is Documenting Hate, a collaboration created to address an absence of data. In the wake of the divisive and racially-charged climate of the 2016 election, reporters found that reliable national data on hate crimes did not exist. With a grant to support their work, ProPublica created Documenting Hate to fill in those data gaps this past January. This collaboration of just over a hundred news organizations, technical partners, universities, civil rights groups and college newspapers has taught its managers critical lessons on
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Building the ecosystems for collaboration

As an industry reckoning with challenges on multiple fronts, 2018 is the year when news organizations leverage partnerships and collaboration with other news organizations — not to mention a wide range of partners like tech companies, nonprofits, community organizations, and academia — to address challenges. As a toolset, collaboration is a flexible set of operations that newsrooms can adopt in order to more strategically use limited resources, reduce competitive waste, counter misinformation, ameliorate a lack of diversity, expand reach in audience and sources, connect with communities, cross lines of division, and cover news in community-centered rather than transactional ways. This is the year when we develop the infrastructure, protocols, and processes to support and facilitate effective collaboration where and when it’s needed, quickly and effectively initiated. Journalism has much to learn from other industries in this regard. In the same way that the CDC doesn’t wait for an emergency to Continue reading "Building the ecosystems for collaboration"

‘100 Days in Appalachia’ Nears One-Year Mark in Telling Untold Stories of Rural America

“The Collaboration of the Week” is a special series of feature stories and podcast segments at MediaShift highlighting one important media collaboration and explaining how they did it. The series is sponsored by Airtable, the all-in-one collaboration platform for creative teams. Receive $50 in credit by visiting airtable.com/mediashift. If collaboration is a way for journalists to investigate the scale of a global story or focus on a patchwork of community blocks, there’s most certainly a place for it in looking at the world through the eyes of Appalachia. 100 Days in Appalachia is a collaborative partnership focused on reporting on a region that is more complicated than commonly portrayed by the reporting trope of “Trump’s America.” Through the partnership, the project seeks to tell the complex story of Appalachia’s people, places and lives and to look at issues through the lens of what they mean for the region.
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How Voting Block Used Collaboration, Potlucks to Bring Together Newsrooms and Communities

“The Collaboration of the Week” is a new regular feature story and podcast segment at MediaShift highlighting one important media collaboration and explaining how they did it. The series is sponsored by Airtable, the all-in-one collaboration platform for creative teams. Receive $50 in credit by visiting airtable.com/mediashift. A common challenge for journalism collaborations is how to manage all the moving parts. For Voting Block, the solution was thoughtfully developed protocols for organization and communication among collaborating newsrooms. Voting Block was an election-based reporting project focusing on the 2017 gubernatorial election in New Jersey. With a contested contest taking place during a time of intense political division, the project sought to connect audiences not only to reporting about the election but to each other. The project, credited as the brainchild of Nancy Solomon at WNYC, was an engagement-driven reporting collaboration based around community potlucks hosted around the state by different
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How the ‘Paradise Papers’ Set the Bar Even Higher for Global Collaboration

“The Collaboration of the Week” is a new regular feature story and podcast segment at MediaShift highlighting one important media collaboration and explaining how they did it. The series is sponsored by Airtable, the all-in-one collaboration platform for creative teams. Receive $50 in credit by visiting airtable.com/mediashift. It’s been only been a year and a half since the Panama Papers set a new bar for what collaboration between newsrooms could achieve. This entailed an unrivaled data leak, hundreds of journalists and a reporting project that highlighted the modern reality journalists now frequently work in: big leaks, big data, big stories. Now, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), with 95 partner newsrooms comprised of 381 journalists working in 30 languages across 67 countries, has released the newest iteration of global collaboration with the Paradise Papers. The project uncovers how the world’s elite hide money in offshore havens, avoiding billions
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Why Journalists Should Worry About ‘Satellite Reporting,’ Parachute Reporting’s Pernicious Cousin

Parachute Reporting:
The practice of journalists going to places to report on people or topics that they have little previous knowledge or experience with.
Satellite Reporting:
The practice of a newsroom monitoring news from a variety of external sources and then using one or more of those stories (usually from newsrooms more local to the story) as the basis of their own story with little or no additional reporting and varying levels of attribution or follow up.
We’re in one of those reflective phases that usually manifests after a significant event. In the past month, we’ve had a lot of conversations about what changes are on the horizon for journalism. The discussion on the need for local journalism is a big and necessary part. However we’re doing local journalism a disservice by not going farther than just saying it matters. Our conversations about the importance of local journalism cannot just
By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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