Welcome to the online toolkit for the Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund workshop for Oklahoma City, hosted by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University in partnership with Inasmuch Foundation and Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The Center’s work for the event is supported by funding from Democracy Fund.
Grant announcement + application
At today’s workshop, we announced a new round of grant funding to support collaborative reporting efforts in greater Oklahoma City. You can read about the grants, including a full list of FAQs, and apply at collaborativejournalism.org/OKCgrants, and you can find a one-page flyer about the grants here.
Additionally, here are some of the articles we mentioned during the workshop that may be helpful as post-event reading:
- What is a local news ecosystem? (Local News Lab)
- Why information matters — part 1, defining information ecosystems is relevant (Internews)
- Is your journalism a luxury or necessity? (City Bureau)
- Comparing Models of Collaborative Journalism
- The 2019 State of Collaboration
- The Re-Entry Project Collaborative Playbook
- ProPublica’s Collaborative Data Journalism Guide
- Local News is a Public Good (Colorado Media Project)
Collaborative reporting resources
Below you’ll find the worksheets to help you formulate your collaborative reporting project grant proposal. For your reference in regard to such collaborations, we’ve also compiled a series of documentation examples, all taken from the recent Stories of Atlantic City project. You can refer to these examples as you build out your own collaborative reporting project.
Stories of Atlantic City examples
- Example: Collaborative project proposal
- Example: Collaborative project MOU (plus find other examples here!)
- Example: Collaborative project financial budget
- Example: Collaborative project shared language
- Example: Collaborative project media partner responsibilities
- Example: Collaborative project success metrics
- Example: Collaborative project risk mitigation
- Example: Collaborative story budget (this one is not from Stories of AC)
Additionally, in case it’s helpful, you can refer to our tip sheets that cover different models of collaboration.
Use this worksheet to outline your collaborative project. The series of questions on the worksheet will walk you through the basics of building a collaboration. This is just for brainstorming, and is not all-encompassing, so let the ideas flow!
Use this worksheet to create a budget for your project. When you budget, don’t forget about expenses related to meetings, marketing, software, obtaining data, website maintenance, costs related to tracking impact, costs related to producing an end-of-project report, etc. Some of these things may be required if you are applying for grant funding.
Use this worksheet to outline and plan for what success looks like. To ensure your project is successful, you’ll want to think about what success looks like when you’re first starting to map out the project. Envisioning what success looks like early on will also help you decide what you’ll need to track and measure to gauge the success and impact of your work.
Use this worksheet to assess any potential risks associated with your project. To ensure your project is successful, you’ll need to openly acknowledge, discuss and plan for risks that could derail it. By having an honest conversation about what could cause the project to fail, you’ll naturally start to think about how you could restructure the plan to avoid those risks.
Do you need additional help planning your next collaborative reporting project? Contact the Stefanie Murray at the Center for Cooperative Media by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to help you or connect you with someone who can!