Wrap-up: Collaborative Journalism Summit links, resources and presentations; here’s what you missed

We hope you enjoyed attending the Collaborative Journalism Summit. And if you weren’t able to be there, well, then, this post is especially for you.

Below you will find links to all the presentations, videos and articles that were mentioned during the conference. If we missed something, please let us know! We are also in the process of building all of these resources and much more into www.collaborativejournalism.org over the coming weeks as we transition that site from an event listing to a resource hub. If you haven’t yet taken our survey about the event, please take a moment to do so.

In the meantime, happy collaborating!

Welcome by Daniel Gurskis, Dean, College of the Arts at Montclair State University

Welcome by Stefanie Murray, Director, Center for Cooperative Media

Presenting sponsor welcome by Olivia Ma, Google News Lab

Keynote: The Panama Papers

Rita Allen Foundation open call announcement

Research: A look at local/national partnerships (Tim Griggs)

Research: A look at nonprofit/commercial pairings (Jason Alcorn)

Democracy Fund sponsor welcome

Pain points: What makes collaboration hard and how to address it

Midday panel: Organizations that live to partner

Lightning talks: Case studies of collaborative journalism and reporting projects

Building platforms and systems that make collaboration easier

Breakout sessions

  • Room 1: Creating equitable partnerships. The pitch: The Media Consortium has been developing a code for equitable partnerships that will serve as a set of values along with practical guidelines on how to create collaborations that recognize power differentials based on structural power including racism, sexism, genderism, ableism, ageism as well as differences in size, money, location, reach, access. We have a draft ready and would like to run a workshop to see if folks think we have missed something and to get help in crafting guidelines.
  • Room 2: How can freelance and independent reporters get involved in collaborative reporting efforts? The pitch: There are many solo reporters, some with specialized skills. What about incorporating freelance reporters and solo journalists into collaborations? What does experience teach us about the pros and cons? How would it work?
  • Room 3: How can collaborative business practices create a sustainable business model that supports local journalism? The pitch: Are you interested in a business model that supports local journalism through collaborative business practices? Let’s talk about this approach and ways it can apply to your newsroom using the CoastAlaska model as an example.
  • The Media Consortium website: https://www.themediaconsortium.org/
  • CoastAlaska website: https://www.coastalaska.org/

Research: Comparing models of collaborative journalism

Cooperative news networks: Different ways to conceive, build and grow them

Press clippings:

Evrybit stories:

CJS Slack Channel:

CJS collaborative note-taking document:

CJS feedback survey:

Videos from the summit:

Have questions? Want to add something to this list? Contact the Center for Cooperative Media:


About the Collaborative Journalism Summit: The Collaborative Journalism Summit took place May 4-5, 2017 at Montclair State University. It was an international symposium on collaborative reporting projects and cooperative news networks. The summit was hosted by the Center for Cooperative Media and presented by Google News Lab and the Rita Allen Foundation, and is sponsored by the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the CUNY Graduate School of JournalismMontclair State University and the Rita Allen Foundation.

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.

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