A collection of guides, tip sheets, and best practices for collaboration
This site is a collection of guides and workbooks created to help newsrooms design and manage effective, equitable and meaningful collaborative journalism projects in the service of communities. If you have one to share, let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to support from the Rita Allen Foundation, the Center surveyed the country’s leading collaboration managers to help create a toolkit for improving collaborative efforts and addressing the most common questions we’re all trying to answer.
We’re thrilled to publish them here for you!
Collaborative data journalism guide from ProPublica
Collaborative journalism partnership agreements, MOUs, contracts
- From Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, a template for an MOU centered around story collaboration.
- From Resolve Philadelphia, an example of an MOU for a multinewsroom collaborative.
- From WNYC, a sample term sheet for a collaboration.
- From American University/WAMU, an example of the MOU from their Guns & America project.
- From Twin Cities Public Television, a template for a broadcast project with joint copyright.
- From Your Voice Ohio, an example of an MOU.
Collaborative journalism workbook
Also at the 2018 Collaborative Journalism Summit, Heather Bryant of Project Facet unveiled a workbook for collaborative projects. This workbook will help you get in the weeds and think through practical considerations for your project.
Tips for successful news publishing partnerships
With many local newsrooms trying to do more with less these days, looking outside your newsroom to partner with other local news publications can have the effect of having a larger, more diverse staff that can cover more topics, more areas of your region, and be more representative of your community.
Collaborative journalism playbook
At the 2018 Collaborative Journalism Summit, the Solutions Journalism Network and Resolve Philadelphia previewed the new “Collaborative Playbook,” which is based off the work done as part of the ReEntry Project by Resolve Philadelphia. The playbook is a great high-level look at setting up a collaborative.
Tip sheets for collaborative journalism
The tip sheets in featured here are pulled from Dr. Sarah Stonbely’s seminal report, “Comparing Models of Collaborative Journalism,” and should provide useful advice and best-practices for each of the six collaborative journalism models studied in the report.