Building Successful News Partnerships


Building Successful News Partnerships

In this one-hour webinar, you’ll learn how to collaborate with other news organizations to create stories with an impact.

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Broadcast Date: 2019

Go behind the scenes of award-winning partnerships and leave with a roadmap for your own.

News organizations have never been this willing or able to work together for a common cause. Partnerships are not just an adaptation to shrinking budgets — they’re the most exciting new frontier in journalism, allowing organizations of all sizes to pool their resources, broaden their reach and increase the likelihood of impact.

Alexandra Zayas has participated in and witnessed multiple award-winning collaborations. For this webinar, she will draw from her own experience as well as interviews with others who have won some of the highest honors in journalism by working together. She will pass along insights from successful newspaper, magazine, online and broadcast partnerships at both a local and national level. Some of the examples participants will study include:

  • Chasing Danger,” an investigation by the Los Angeles Times and ProPublica.
  • An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning collaboration between ProPublica and the Marshall Project.
  • Insane. Invisible. In Danger,” another Pulitzer Prize-winning partnership between the (Poynter-owned) Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
  • Zombie Campaigns,” an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times, 10News WTSP and TEGNA-owned TV stations, which won a duPont Award.

What will I learn?

  • What to consider when deciding to collaborate on a story
  • The many forms collaboration can take — one size doesn’t fit all
  • How to lay a solid foundation, avoid pitfalls and finish strong
  • Lessons learned from real-life victories and mistakes

Who should take this course?

Journalists of any level, in any medium, considering a partnership for the first time or looking to improve their collaborations.

Alex Zayas


Alexandra Zayas navigates complicated, potentially contentious stories every day as a senior editor at ProPublica. She edited part of a series about MS-13 that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing and has overseen high-impact work on immigration, international aid and social services. She spent 12 years at the Tampa Bay Times, ultimately as the newspaper’s enterprise editor. As a reporter, her investigation into abuse at unlicensed religious children’s homes across Florida won the 2013 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.