2020 Collaborative Journalism Summit


The 2020 Collaborative Journalism Summit is going virtual!

The 2020 Collaborative Journalism Summit is set for May 14-15 and will be conducted in place instead of in person.

We’re moving from an in-person event to an in-place event this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means wherever you are, you’ll just need a device and an internet connection to participate! (We’re definitely not giving up on all of our plans for North Carolina, however! We fully intend to host the 2021 Collaborative Journalism Summit in Charlotte.) It’s a huge change, but one we’re getting excited about.

Click here to read a statement about this decision from our director, Stefanie Murray.


The schedule for the 2020 Collaborative Journalism Summit will feature two days of panels, roundtables, workshops, networking, and socializing.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire Collaborative Journalism Summit and its pre-conference events will be hosted online using a variety of teleconferencing technologies and collaborative communications platforms. More details to come!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Transforming Journalism Beyond Diversity
(Note: You must apply to participate in this event by April 1, 2020)

DAY 1 — Thursday, May 14, 2020

9 a.m. EST
Share + Learn with the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative
The Charlotte Journalism Collaborative, a solutions journalism-focused initiative, is turning a year old and has learned a lot about what works — and what doesn’t — when newsrooms band together. This morning workshop will include a deep-dive into how the CJC got started, how it works, what its members have learned, and what’s next for the cooperative.

11 a.m. EST
Practical guidance to improve collaborative reporting projects
This practical session, facilitated by Heather Bryant of Project Facet, will be geared toward people who want to workshop their prospective or current collaborative efforts. 

1 p.m. EST
North Carolina: The state of collaboration
There’s a reason why the 2020 Collaborative Journalism Summit was originally planned to be hosted in North Carolina—mediamakers in the state are leading the nation when it comes to collaboration. We’ll hear from several news leaders representing a wide variety of collaboratives and projects across the state for an intimate conversation about what they’re doing, what’s working, what’s not working, and what they’ve learned.
Host: TBA

  • Rick Thames, Queens University
  • David Boraks, WFAE
  • Glenn Burkins, Q City Metro
  • Angie Newsome, Carolina Public Press
  • Susan Leath, UNC’s Center for Innovation & Sustainability in Local Media
  • Robyn Tomlin, McClatchy’s The (Raleigh) News & Observer
  • Alicia Bell, Free Press
  • Cierra Hinton, Scalawag
  • Nathan Morabito, WCNC

3 p.m. EST
Coronavirus collaboration: A look at how newsrooms are partnering to cover the biggest story of our lifetime
The spread of the new coronavirus around the world has spurred some useful and effective collaborative efforts, which we will explore during this session.
Host: TBA
Panelists: TBA

DAY 2 — Friday, May 15, 2020

8 a.m.
Sponsored by the JSK Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University

8:30 a.m. EST
Welcome and opening remarks for the 2020 Collaborative Journalism Summit

9 a.m. EST
Rising temperatures, rising collaboration: How the climate crisis has spurred journalism partnerships around the world
Host: Lyndsey Gilpin, Southerly

  • Carrie Porter, presenting research on behalf of the Center for Cooperative Media
  • Allison Kopicki, Climate Central
  • Vernon Loeb, Inside Climate News

10:30 a.m. EST
Local That Matters: How Carolina Public Press changed laws and lives with its ‘Seeking Conviction’ collaboration
Host: Mark Fuerst, Wyncote Foundation
Speakers: Angie Newsome and Stephanie Carson, Carolina Public Press

11 a.m. EST
Lightning talks

  • Sandra Svoboda, Great Lakes Now/Detroit Public TV
    • Always Ongoing: How a digital/newspaper media company and a public TV station continue to collaborate … and sometimes say “no.”
  • Todd Reubold, Ensia
    • Rust to Resilience
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA

Noon EST
Sponsored by the American Press Institute

12:30 p.m. EST
Election 2020: How U.S. news outlets are working together to cover races, fight misinformation
Host: TBA

  • Rachel Glickhouse, Electionland
  • Jacquelyn Mason, First Draft News
  • Donna Vestal, Election 2020: Listening to America

1:30 p.m. EST
Governance structures for ongoing collaboratives
Speakers: TBA

2:15 p.m.
Project management: Who manages the effort matters
Speakers: TBA

3 p.m.
A decade in public media collaborations
Host: TBA

  • Kathy Merritt, senior vice president for journalism and radio at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
  • Donna Vestal, director of Election 2020: America Amplified and Director of Collaborations at KCUR
  • Vanessa de la Torre, Executive Editor of the New England News Collaborative
  • Jeremy Bernfeld, lead editor of Guns & America and Director of Collaborative Reporting at WAMU

4 p.m.
Lightning talks

Host: TBA

  • Donna Harrell, Lines for Life, and John Schrag, Pamplin Media Group
    • Breaking The Silence
  • Daniel Bates, Hostwriter
    • How Hostwriter connects collaborators around the world
  • Larry Rosenthal, Associated Press
    • StoryShare
  • Teresa Gorman, Democracy Fund
    • Developing funder collaborations
  • Michael Murphy, Cleveland Foundation
    • How the Cleveland Foundation led a local funder coalition to support media in Northeast Ohio
  • TBA

5 p.m.
Closing remarks
Stay healthy and stay safe!