Center for Cooperative Media releases 3 more collaboration guides, including budgeting, selecting partners

Download the guides using the links below or see them online at

Stefanie Murray
Center for Cooperative Media
3 min readOct 8, 2020

Collaborative news efforts have continued to grow in 2020, especially those related to the coronavirus pandemic. And if the number of new collaboration managers being hired across the U.S. alone is any indication, this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.

We know this because we study collaborative journalism at the Center for Cooperative Media. We’re watching the space especially closely now as the global news landscape continues to shift.

Every week, we hear about new collaborative efforts. And many of participants ask us — and each other — for help and best practices. Thanks to a partnership with Heather Bryant of Project Facet and funding support from Rita Allen Foundation, last year the Center surveyed the country’s leading collaboration managers to help guide creation of a toolkit that could improve collaborative efforts and address the most common questions we’re all seeking answers for.

We’re thrilled today to publish our final group of three guides in the toolkit.

Those guides include:

You can download the PDF of each by clicking the links above, or you can see them all online at

This rounds out our full 2020 collection of collaboration guides. Earlier this year, the Center published:

We know these guides are not everything people need to know, and we hope to treat them as living documents that will continue to be expanded upon and updated.

We’d love to hear you feedback. Let us know what you think:

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Stefanie Murray is director of the Center for Cooperative Media. Contact her at

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. The Center is supported with funding from Montclair State University, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Democracy Fund, the New Jersey Local News Lab (a partnership of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Democracy Fund, and Community Foundation of New Jersey), and the Abrams Foundation. For more information, visit



Stefanie Murray
Center for Cooperative Media

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