Comparing Models of Collaborative Journalism

In her fall 2017 report “Comparing Models of Collaborative Journalism,” Center for Cooperative Media research director Sarah Stonbely, Ph.D., examines dozens of collaborative journalism projects and categorizes them into six models, a matrix based on project duration and level of integration. The report also includes tip sheets for organizations considering a collaborative effort.


CrossCheck was a collaborative effort among journalists in France working together to debunk misinformation during the country’s 2017 presidential election. A total of 37 newsrooms, universities, nonprofits and tech companies worked cooperatively on CrossCheck.


Electionland was a collaborative journalism project that covered voting during the 2016 United States presidential election, across the country and in real time. It employed technology and data to track problems at the polls.

How news partnerships work between commercial and nonprofit newsrooms

In the last decade, nonprofit news organizations have emerged with a model that depends on creative partnerships. At the same time, most commercial newsrooms have seen deep cuts to staffing and resources, leaving them in search of ways to sustain the quality and depth of their journalism. This report commissioned by the American Press Institute examines how collaborations between commercial and nonprofit news entities work.

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