Desert Sun reporter Gusatvo Solis (background, from left), Arizona Republic reporter Daniel González and Republic videographer David Wallace interview a human smuggler in Mexicali, Mexico. (Nick Oza/USA TODAY NETWORK)

8 key lessons we learned from funding collaborative reporting projects

Clear goals, plans and chains of command are critical

1. Have a clear goal in mind, and be sure everything you do works toward that goal.

2. Build a clear plan with all expectations outlined and stick to it.

3. Establish a clear chain of command — who is making decisions? And who is responsible to whom?

4. Agree on standards for quality control.

5. Relationships matter. It will help to collaborate with people you get along with and trust.

6. Maintain open lines of communication.

7. A long-distance relationship can work.

8. No matter how well you plan, things will go wrong.



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Stefanie Murray

Director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University.