Agenda Watch is a free to use platform that harvests the documents that public agencies must make available, like notices of upcoming discussions (agendas) and records of their meetings (minutes).
Agenda Watch collects those documents on a daily basis from agencies across the country and provides them to journalists.
Source Diversity Tracking Tool
Chalkbeat and RJI joined forces to build this tool for newsrooms to track the diversity of their sources. Source tracking helps newsrooms know how equitably they are serving their communities.
This free, easy to use tool draws from research of 78+ journalists and organizations on how to track source diversity. Best practices, language and methods.
Prison Journalism Navigator
The Prison Journalism Navigator provides resources to train and collaborate with your local incarcerated community to produce journalism.
It includes sections on Communicating with Prison Journalists, Contacting People Inside by State, Incarceration Data and Other Resources, A Reporter’s Glossary of Prison Jargon and more.
The YESEO app
This Slack based app is free to use and installable in any workspace.
This tool utilizes slash commands in Slack to gather actionable SEO information and insights from your articles and content.
Workshop headlines, view SEO data and identify trends. Available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Attention ↹ Action Journey
Creating community-driven journalism that encourages civic engagement
This guide will walk journalists through The Green Line‘s original theory-of-change models, its Attention Funnel and Action Journey.
Help your news publication increase loyalty and engagement among audience members, as well as motivate your audience to take action on issues that matter to their communities.
Better Hiring Practices Playbook
For early career journalists, it can feel intimidating to enter local news, especially for those who fear a lack of agency amid layoffs, cutbacks and a swiftly changing industry.
It can also feel overwhelming to find the right person to bring into your organization, especially if you’re under pressure to hire quickly.
This playbook will guide you through better hiring (and being hired) practices from a collection of experts.
A partnership project of RJI and CISLM
Innovation in Focus is a series experimenting with new tech, tools and methods of storytelling for journalism. We interview experts, test ideas and provide our findings on a different topic each month.
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🧰 Partnership projects
💡 Do you have an idea that addresses a current gap, challenge or need in journalism? Pitch your idea for a partnership project with us!
How to gain buy-in and knowledge before building a news product
At the Star Tribune, we will be creating a Slackbot to generate audience analytics reports. These reports can better support the newsroom as they learn about their online performance and adjust their content strategies.
Are you ready for source tracking? Here’s a practical playbook to know.
This practical playbook will help you work through if your team and/or organization is ready to start source tracking.
Based on DEIB best practices from Emma Carew Grovum and Sisi Wei, and the Source Diversity Tool research from 78+ journalism orgs by RJI and Chalkbeat.
News Executive Leadership Transition Guide
Get started with this guide to start your succession planning and be ready for leadership transitions.
This planning guide was created for small, independent local nonprofit and for-profit news organizations to help them grow into mature, thriving businesses that serve their communities and transition gracefully past their founding, startup stage.