Three Venezuelan digital news outlets have launched a platform to work on investigations. This will allow them to pool resources and combat censorship.
Collaborative journalismSubscribe to Updates Collaborative journalism can be defined as cooperative arrangements, formal and informal, between two or more news and information organizations, which aim to supplement each group’s editorial resources and maximize the impact of the content produced. This encompasses news organizations working together on reporting projects, partnering on audience engagement efforts, co-collecting and sharing data, or even teaming up to build technology that supports multiple organizations working toward a shared journalistic goal. Collaboration is also important within teams in news organizations to ensure resources are being utilized effectively and the right processes help solve institutional problems.
Big Picture A primer on collaborative journalism
Collaborative journalism takes many forms: reporting, deepening relationships with audiences, co-collecting and sharing data, or even teaming up to build technology. Learn the basics here.
Plan Strategic considerations around collaborative journalism
The Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times, South Florida Sun Sentinel, WLRN, Palm Beach Post and Orlando Sentinel are partnering to cover the environment.
The BBC is leading a collaborative effort in the U.K. to leverages existing resources, training and content among local and hyperlocal news organizations.
This case study offers insights on how three news organizations are collaborating in a joint bureau to cover state government in Oregon.
ProPublica collaborates with local newsrooms by giving them the right support and resources. See some examples of how they are successfully doing this.
This report identifies and compares the six most common models of collaborative journalism. It provides examples of each model, and discusses common costs and benefits for each.
An in-depth report on an extensive collaboration, called CrossCheck, which was designed in part to monitor and debunk disinformation and improve trust between audiences and the news industry.
Depending on the nature, size and topic of a collaboration, there can be very different resource and workflow requirements — and very different challenges and potential benefits.
Do Tactics for doing more and better collaborative journalism
Here’s an idea to steal and adapt: To build your opinion content, solicit responses from readers who have registered for a free account on your site. Pick the best snippets of a commenter’s ideas, creating a broader range of voices on curated discussions of local issues. Partner with a local university to foster and analyze these discussions.
Here’s an idea to steal and adapt: WFAE and La Noticia both knew that immigration issues affecting Latinos in Charlotte needed more coverage. They decided the best way to address it was together.
Add the voice of the community to your newsroom with valuable lessons from Canopy Atlanta, the Greensboro News & Record, the San Diego Union-Tribune and more.
ProPublica is well known for collaborations, especially in projects dealing with a large volume of data. Use their guide to learn how your newsroom can work on projects like these too.
Here’s an idea to steal and adapt: Identify a statewide issue that requires reporting from various locations across the state. Enlist partners with a range of applicable skills who represent different localities and mediums, including print, digital, TV and radio.
Here’s an idea to steal and adapt: The University of North Carolina and Duke University’s student newsrooms teamed up to create the Rivalry Challenge around the Duke-UNC men’s basketball game earlier this year. There were two big parts to the challenge — a fundraising competition and a joint editorial project in print and online between the two teams of student journalists.
Volunteers helped the four-person startup newsroom take on a citizens agenda approach and build a comprehensive voter guide.
More than 80 media outlets and technology companies are collaborating to debunk misinformation and offer verification training in Argentina.
Here’s an idea to steal and adapt: The Durango Herald partnered with several organizations to use a solutions journalism approach to covering youth suicide, a sensitive subject that the publication had received criticism for in past coverage. The approach won over the publication’s critics and improved the community conversation around the difficult topic. The paper funded its coverage through a grant from the Solutions Journalism Network.
Here’s an idea to steal and adapt: The Bay Area News Group and McClatchy’s Sacramento Bee, two Northern California news organizations, are sharing stories, photos and video. A conversation among top editors about how to best collaborate resulted in a content-sharing and co-reporting experiment.
10 questions to guide designing a collaborative project.
10 questions to guide managing a collaborative project.
10 questions to guide post-project (or regular) assessment of a collaborative project.
Tips for successful partnerships, plus an extensive look at the hurdles for local and national players and how to overcome them.
Here are some tools and apps to make newsroom collaboration a lot easier.
This case study was created to document the Electionland project and to provide a playbook for organizations looking to create collaborative reporting projects of their own.
Get ideas for journalism collaborations from past projects around the globe.
Here’s an idea to steal and adapt: The News Reporter, a local paper covering Whiteville and Columbus County, N.C., and Scalawag, a nonprofit magazine that serves under-represented Southerners, teamed up to produce a series (on the breakdown of mental health services and the opioid epidemic in rural North Carolina) that neither could have done as effectively on their own.