|Thoreson, left, and McGowan|
Led by INN collaborations editor Bridget Thoreson and Midwest collaborations editor Sharon McGowan, the project taps The Daily Yonder and The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting to serve as reporting hubs, Scire reports. The project came about after INN surveyed its more than 350 member newsrooms about their needs and discovering that all wanted to reach more people with their reporting and most want to do that through more collaborations with other newsrooms.
"The project leverages the reporting power of established newsrooms with the sourcing and expertise in place to strengthen regional and national coverage as well as enhance local reports," Scire reports. INN figured it had muscle to launch such a project because of its size: INN affiliates employ more than 4,000 people, including 2,500 journalists, in every state but South Carolina.