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Saturday, October 29 • 11:10am - 12:00pm
My first five hires: How growing news organizations expand their team

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Documented, Fort Worth Report and Signal Cleveland leaders share the critical early decisions they made to set up their nonprofit news organizations for what they hope will be long-term sustainability. At 4 years old, Documented has cleared that critical three-year stage of development. At 18 months, Fort Worth Report is rapidly approaching that precarious point. Launching this month, Signal Cleveland is leading a statewide approach to local journalism.

Session audience and takeaways:
  • The session is geared toward those in the early stages of founding a nonprofit news organization and to supporters who want to see these efforts succeed.
  • The three news organizations featured offer contrasting starts; The first five hires for each were different but connected in important ways.

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Lila Mills

Signal Cleveland
Lila Mills, editor-in-chief of Signal Cleveland, part of the Ohio Local News Initiative, has been working in community and media for more than 20 years. She most recently spent almost 11 years with the nationally-recognized community building program Neighborhood Connections where... Read More →
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Chris Cobler

Fort Worth Report
Chris Cobler is a the CEO and publisher of the Fort Worth Report. He started his career as a reporter in his hometown at the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal and then worked at newspapers in Colorado, South Dakota and Texas, where was editor and publisher of the Victoria Advocate. As... Read More →
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Mazin Sidahmed

Mazin Sidahmed is co-executive director of Documented, a nonprofit news site that covers immigration in the New York area. Before founding Documented, he was a reporter at the Guardian US in New York on the national desk as well as with the award-winning Guardian Mobile Innovation... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2022 11:10am - 12:00pm CDT
Waterloo 3/4 (Main Ballroom)