What is Collaborative Journalism?

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Collaborative Journalism

NPQ is a collaborative journalism website. NPQ chose a collaborative journalism model out of a deep respect for the intelligence and discernment of its readership and a commitment to reflect our interest in collective action in our practice as journalists.

Collaborative journalism uses information contributed by numerous individuals and organizations to build news stories and analysis. This can happen over a period of time as a story evolves and it may involve a mix of lay and professional contributors. Information may be gathered through research or reporting, or added when readers examine, comment and build upon existing stories. Stories from the mainstream media are often built upon. A single collaborative news story, therefore, may encompass multiple authors, varying articles, and a range of perspectives.

Successful collaborative journalism requires a participatory community with respect for its content.NPQ’s editorial staff curates that content and is available to ensure that editorial standards are met such that the site remains a high-quality setting for this most serious of collective endeavors: the documentation and intellectual nourishment of a new era of citizen activism


NPQ’s Collaborative Journalism Program engages you—the people doing the work of the social sector— in reporting on what you observe, analyzing your work in the context in which  you do it, and reflecting on your practice. Community members also help set NPQ’s editorial agenda. NPQ’s editorial staff is available to ensure that editorial standards are met such that the site remains a high quality setting for this most serious of collective endeavors, the documentation of a new era of citizen activism.

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