The schedule for the 2023 Collaborative Journalism Summit will feature two days of panels, roundtables, workshops, networking, and socializing.

🔑 Color key:

Strategies: These sessions will focus on broader, big-picture strategies for collaborative journalism.
Tactics: These sessions will focus on specific tactics and approaches for improving your collaborative projects.
Tools: These sessions will identify and showcase tools you can use in your collaborative reporting.
Lightning talks: Sessions with a ⚡ next to the title are 5-7 minute lightning talks.

🗓️ DAY 1 — JUNE 6, 2023

8:30 a.m. ET
Registration opens
You’re on your own for breakfast!

9:00 am ET
Welcome to the 2023 Collaborative Journalism Summit

Speakers: Silvio Waisbord, director and professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University; Stefanie Murray, director, Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. 

9:05 a.m. ET
The 2023 State of Collaboration

Speaker: Stefanie Murray, director, Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University

9:15 a.m. ET
KEYNOTE: Strategies behind international journalism collaborations | Strategies
Description: How ICIJ and OCCRP have spurred major worldwide impact through cross-border, multilingual partnerships.

Speakers: Fergus Shiel, managing editor, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Kevin Hall, North America editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project; moderated by Ambreen Ali, Central Desi

10:00 a.m. ET
KEYNOTE: Strategies behind national collaborations | Strategies
How the Center for Public Integrity approaches partnerships across the U.S.: The Center for Public Integrity works to make investigative journalism accessible to communities affected by the topics it confronts. It believes that journalism talent lives everywhere and that by each partner sharing their superpowers we can amplify investigative reporting to reach anyone. It recognizes that newsrooms in communities across the country are emerging and might be under-resourced, so CPI creates space for local partners to determine their own level of engagement with our collaborations. Through listening, their team builds trust and work to understand the of capacity and needs of partners. This means that no two collaborations look the same and that’s OK, because no two communities are exactly the same.

Speakers: Ashley Clark, audience engagement editor, Center for Public Integrity; Lisa Yanick Litwiller, director of audience, Center for Public Integrity.

10:30 a.m. ET
KEYNOTE: Strategies behind local news collaborations | Strategies
As Resolve Philly winds down Broke in Philly, its five-year collaborative reporting project on economic mobility, the team is reflecting on lessons learned and how the collaborative approached choosing and launching its next editorial project this fall.

Speakers: Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, co-executive director, Resolve Philly; Gene Sonn, director of collaborations, Resolve Philly. 

11:00 a.m. ET
Check out the Collaboration science fair 🔭 and collective visioning board  ✨ (sponsored by the Community Info Coop)

11:15 a.m. ET

⚒️ Tools: Common legal questions (and answers!) facing journalism collaborations
Speakers: Lisa Zycherman, deputy legal director and policy counsel, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Chris Rudisill, director, Charlotte Journalism Collaborative
Location: Jack Morton Auditorium

⚒️ Tools: How MuckRock and DocumentCloud can make collaborations easier and user-friendly
Speaker: Dillon Bergin, data reporter, MuckRock
Location: Room 305

⚒️ Tools: Creative Commons, the secret sauce for spreading your news
Creative Commons will provide journalists a mini-training centered around how to CC license media, and how to reuse others’ CC licensed media. CC will also highlight nearly 300 news outlets from over 50 countries that already CC license content to better spread their news. Learn how CC licensing strengthens the media ecosystem.
Speakers: Jennryn Wetzler, director of learning and training, Creative Commons
Location: Room 309

12:00 p.m. ET
Relax and get some food!

1:00 p.m. ET
Using collaboration around election coverage | Tactics

🎯 Tactics: How U.S. Democracy Day, a national collaborative about democracy reporting, is building toward 2024
Speakers: Beatrice Forman, project manager, U.S. Democracy Day; Jaisal Noor, Democracy manager, Solutions Journalism Network

1:30 p.m. ET
Using collaboration around election coverage | Tactics

🎯 Tactics: How the Every Voice, Every Vote Coalition is catalyzing civic engagement ahead of the most significant election in Philadelphia’s recent history
Shawn Mooring, head of Philadelphia Programs, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism; Allison Vanyur, program manager, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism; Angelique Hinton, co-founder PA Youth Vote; Ashanti Martin, General Manager, WURD Radio

2:00 p.m. ET
Using collaboration around election coverage | Tactics

🎯 Tactics: America Amplified 3.0 is launching a nationwide initiative this summer aimed at increasing public knowledge about the 2024 election. Learn more about the tools, strategies, and tactics we will be sharing and how public media stations can get involved.
Alisa Barba, managing director, American Amplified; Joy Lin, vice President of journalism, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

2:45 p.m. ET
Check out the Collaboration Science Fair 🔭 and collective visioning board ✨ (sponsored by the Community Info Coop)

3:15 p.m. ET
LIGHTNING TALKS (5-7 minutes each)

Catalyzing bilingual collaboration through translation with the NJ News Commons Spanish Translation News Service
Speaker: Anthony Advincula, ethnic media coordinator, Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University

Experiments in community engagement with the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative
Karen Magnuson, project director, New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Network

How Floodlight’s model of exclusively collaborative climate accountability investigations works and could be replicated for other topics
Speaker: Emily Holden, founder, Floodlight

How the Great Salt Lake Collaborative has rallied 21 organizations to jointly cover a local crisis
Lauren Gustus, executive editor, The Salt Lake Tribune

How the collaboration ‘After the Buses’ helped reach migrants thrown into the middle of a political stunt.
Nissa Rhee, executive director, Borderless Magazine; Madison Savedra, reporter, Block Club Chicago

How the Prison Journalism Project shepherds intentional, careful collaboration
Yukari Kane, founder, Prison Journalism Project

4:15 p.m. ET
We’ll see you back here tomorrow for day two of the Summit.
🍽️  Don’t forget to sign up for one of our group dinners!

Thanks to our sponsors (Day 2 schedule continues below):

🗓️ DAY 2 — JUNE 7, 2023

9:00 a.m. ET
Welcome back to the 2023 Collaborative Journalism Summit!
Learn about Microsoft Start’s new publisher program | Sponsor welcome

Speakers: Vera Chan, senior manager, publisher team, Microsoft

9:05 a.m. ET
Collaborative networks
How URL Media is intentionally building its network and what’s in store for the future | Tactics

Speakers: Ellah Nze, director of operations, URL Media

9:30 a.m. ET
Student-led collaborations | Tactics

🎯 Tactics: What can — and should — be the role of universities collaborating with local media partners to report local news?
Speakers: Richard Watts, director, Center for Community News, University of Vermont; Sarah Gamard, communications manager, The Signals Network

10:00 a.m. ET
Audience-driven collaborations | Tactics

🎯 Tactics: The origins and the evolution of the Charlottesville Inclusive Media project
This collaborative works together to create community connections, lift up important conversations, groundwork in service to African American communities and audiences, and build capacity for independent Black media companies and professionals.
Speakers: Sarad Davenport, Vinegar Hill Magazine; Charles Lewis, ‘IMHO’ radio show; and Angilee Shah, Charlottesville Tomorrow

10:30 a.m. ET
Collaborative networks | Tactics

🎯 Tactics: How Word in Black builds power, influence and impact through a national network of Black publishers
Speakers: Bria Overs, finance reporter, Word In Black

11:00 a.m. ET
Check out the Collaboration Science Fair 🔭 and collective visioning board ✨ (sponsored by the Community Info Coop)

11:30 a.m. ET
LIGHTNING TALKS (5-7 minutes each)

How the Oklahoma Media Center’s multiphase ecosystem study is using scientific polling, academic field research, newsroom training and an engagement fund with the goal of improving trust and financial support of local journalism
Speakers: Rob Collins, project manager, Oklahoma Media Center

The evolution and future of the Local Journalism Initiative and its Delaware Journalism Collaborative
Allison Levine, Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Delaware Community Foundation; Darel LaPrade, project manager, Delaware Journalism Collaborative

Shepherding a national collaborative of the leading local queer news publishers while the communities they support are being attacked
Speakers: Dana Piccoli, project manager, News is Out: National Queer Media Collaborative

12:00 p.m. ET
Relax and get some food!

1:00 p.m. ET
Investigative journalism collaborations | Tactics

🎯 Tactics: Sparking change through investigative journalism from grassroots collaboration to legislation
Members of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
will discuss a range of public interest investigations published in collaboration with community groups, unions, advocacy and campaign organizations and NGOs. and decision makers. This session will be useful for people looking for ideas to engage communities in their journalism and to generate positive social change through their work.
Speakers: Rachel Hamada, community-led investigations pilot lead, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism; and Lucy Nash, Enablers impact producer, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

2:00 p.m. ET

⚒️ Tools: Problem solving for project managers: How to cut through the chaos and lead with confidence
Steering a successful journalism collaborative involves navigating many possible friction points: from communication, to effective decision-making, group facilitation, overcoming historical competition and more. This interactive session, inspired by scenarios faced by current project managers, will help further your problem solving skill set and equip you with guiding questions to ask in uncertain moments: Whose interests must I consider when navigating disagreements in my collaborative? How do I help this group stay focused and energized? How do I lead with inspiration – and not just instruction? Intended for current or aspiring collaborative project managers and participants, but we believe everyone interested in journalism collaboration could benefit from (and contribute to!) this discussion.
Speakers: Delaney Butler, collaboratives manager, Solutions Journalism Network; Leah Todd Lin, collaboratives manager, Solutions Journalism Network
Location: Room 309

⚒️ Tools: Expand your impact and resources: Workshop a free toolkit to collaborate on topical stories
Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Institute for Nonprofit News are working together to create a resource to help community-centered newsrooms learn how to find, build and produce topical journalism collaborations that benefit their respective communities across the country. This workshop is driven by insights from 50+ newsrooms who participated in a research project by INN and RJI in spring 2023. In this workshop you will work in groups to identify your collective goals and unique contributions for a collaborative news project. We will share the results with everyone in attendance to see the possibilities for topical collaborations across newsrooms, and the results of this workshop will help inform the final guide produced by RJI and INN.
Speakers: Kat Duncan, director of innovation, Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri
Location: Room 306

3:00 p.m. ET

⚒️ Tools: Collaboration policies
Finalize your newsroom’s written collaboration policy and learn how to use it in your daily work. 
Speakers: Heather Bryant, interim executive director, Tiny News Collective
Locations: Room 305

⚒️ Tools: Using AI to improve your collaboration workflows and products
Learn how you can use AI tools such as ChatGPT to streamline your collaborative’s work.  
Speakers: Joe Amditis, assistant director for products and events, Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University
Locations: Room 306

4:00 p.m. ET
Take a walk, take a nap before our big CJS closing party!

6:00 p.m. ET
🎉 CLOSING CEREMONY (sponsored by Democracy Fund)
Join us for a closing ceremony (and party) for the 2023 Collaborative Journalism Summit and the opening reception for INN Days 2023!

Location: The Hive

Thanks again to our sponsors!