Arts, Culture, and Humanities

THE REPORTERS INC

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.thereporters.org

Mission Statement

Our Mission

The Reporters Inc. is a nonprofit [501(c)(3)] journalistic production house. We're dedicated to promoting social awareness and change through powerful multimedia storytelling.

We accomplish our mission through these three avenues:

1) Independent Documentaries

We create and produce educational, historical, cultural and current events documentaries across the globe. Our Peabody, Murrow and Emmy award-winning team of journalists and videographers investigate socially relevant topics through the extraordinary stories of ordinary people.

Our projects are designed to inspire and enlighten you, to elicit meaningful dialogue, root out misinformation, dispel stereotypes and prejudices, and challenge the status quo. We tell stories that
help you better understand the lives of others, and in the process, examine, analyze and reflect on your own life.

2) Independent Online Articles

On our website, we publish original news analyses, feature stories, commentaries and essays, as well as exclusive book excerpts and investigations. Our articles are intended to create aa community conversation for you online. We have the time, the talent, and the experience to dig deeply into a story.

Just as we do with our documentaries, we retain complete editorial control over our written journalistic work.

The Reporters Inc. is a proud member of the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), a collaboration of more than 100 nonprofit newsrooms dedicated to serving the public interest. Our articles are syndicated and shared with hundreds of other media organizations, online magazines and top blogs.

3) Video Storytelling Services

Whether you're an under-resourced nonprofit or other purposeful organization wishing to better communicate your message or cause, you can hire us to create memorable presentations. Our video
services are effective primarily because we utilize a journalistic approach to accomplish a marketing goal.

Based on your needs and goals, we develop video strategies for you, both big and small:
--Bite-sized (powered for social media posts and tweets)
--Short-form (utilized for websites and YouTube)
--Long-form (perfect for fundraising, marketing, publicity)
--Documentary-style (suited for educational seminars, training, community awareness programs)

Through research and interviews, our storytelling techniques are designed to motivate and persuade your targeted audiences. We put human faces on the facts and figures in an informative yet compelling fashion.

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Making a Difference

Whether it's a groundbreaking independent documentary, a thought-provoking online article, or a powerful service-oriented video, The Reporters Inc. presents stories that will linger in your mind and simmer in your consciousness. We produce work that matters, and work that makes a difference.

Main Programs

  1. "The Queens"
  2. Nonprofit Awareness Campaigns
  3. "The Experiment in Black and White"
  4. Long-form print journalism
  5. "The Innocent Convicts"

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Service Areas

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International

The Reporters Inc.'s services are primarily focused in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area but our geographic scope is intended to be international.

We estimate our journalistic services reach a regular audience of 15,000.

This is based on the reach of our work through our website, our social media endeavors, our video storytelling services, and our original reporting.

Our documentaries, when complete, are intended for a national and international audience of millions, due to the fact they will air on public television and cable television, are shown at film festivals and theaters, and are distributed through home video services and the Internet.

ruling year

2005

President & Executive Director since 2006

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Mr. Mark H Saxenmeyer

Vice President

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Mr. Jim McCleary

Keywords

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journalism, media, documentaries, social justice, social change, social awareness, video production, messaging, branding, marketing

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Reporters Inc. is a proud member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the International Documentary Association.

We meet all standards of the Charities Review Council.

We create and produce educational, historical, cultural and current events documentaries across the globe. Our Peabody, Murrow and Emmy award-winning team of journalists and videographers investigate socially relevant topics through the extraordinary stories of ordinary people.

Our projects are designed to inspire and enlighten you, to elicit meaningful dialogue, root out misinformation, dispel stereotypes and prejudices, and challenge the status quo. We tell stories that help you better understand the lives of others, and in the process, examine, analyze and reflect on your own life.

We retain complete editorial control over our productions. We avoid all conflicts of interest that might compromise the integrity of our work. Our board, advisory committee and staff independently determine the subject matter we examine and investigate, without consideration of outside influencers or donor preferences. Our projects do not support the views, interests or policies of any political party or political viewpoint, or that of any single religion or religious viewpoint. Our journalism ethics policy guides us in our pursuit of accuracy and fairness.

We utilize the film festival circuit to introduce our work to the public, and then pursue wider theatrical releases, televised airings, home video distribution, and online digital opportunities. Prior to seeking out funding for many of our projects, we secure commitments to air them from public television. Our productions are often used by schools, workplaces, religious groups and other organizations as a tool for conflict resolution, cultural awareness, diversity training, and modern education.

On our website, we publish original news analyses, feature stories, commentaries and essays, as well as exclusive book excerpts and investigations. Our articles are intended to create a community conversation for you online. We have the time, the talent, and the experience to dig deeply into a story. Just as we do with our documentaries, we retain complete editorial control over our written journalistic work.

Our reports come from a broad and diverse range of voices from around the world–people who are often underrepresented in traditional or mainstream media.

Also: Whether you're an under-resourced nonprofit or other purposeful organization wishing to better communicate your message or cause, you can hire us to create memorable presentations. Our video services are effective primarily because we utilize a journalistic approach to accomplish a marketing goal.

Through research and interviews, our storytelling techniques are designed to motivate and persuade your targeted audiences. We put human faces on the facts and figures in an informative yet compelling fashion.

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EIN

05-0613976

 Number

6630577804

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Film, Video (A31)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Major Programs and Accomplishments:

* Documentaries

In 2013, we continued to make progress logging the footage shot for "The Baton" documentary, about the historical struggles and current- day happenings inside the longest-running female impersonation club in the nation. We’ve so far shot more than 36 hours. We’ve also secured the rights to five original songs that we can use in the final production. A new trailer for the project is also being completed. An expansive contact list of organizations that support transgender individuals has been compiled and our outreach for completion funds will include them. There are also plans to launch a Kickstarter fundraising campaign as well.

* Digitally published essays, commentaries, articles, news analyses, book excerpts, and investigations.

In 2013, The Reporters's original articles, essays, commentaries, book excerpts, investigations and news analyses were being syndicated through the Investigative News Network, which we joined, in part, to help our work reacher a broader and larger audience.

* Branding, Messaging and Marketing Through Video Storytelling

Below are 2013 examples:

Gigi’s Playhouse: https://vimeo.com/81080737
STLF: A Student Perspective https://vimeo.com/70645066
STLF: A Parent Perspective https://vimeo.com/70703593
STLF: A Teacher Perspective https://vimeo.com/70828012
ClearCause Foundation: https://vimeo.com/80016108

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

"The Queens"

Using the framework of the 35-year-old Miss Continental Pageant as its backdrop, The Queens explores the complex and fascinating transgender subculture of competitive female impersonation entertainers and their driven and dedicated quest for the crown.

We follow the journeys of several contestants as they diligently plan, prepare and plot their paths to victory. Along the way, we meet several former titleholders, as well as some who have repeatedly competed in the pageant but never left victorious (and are perhaps a bit bitter).

But the documentary focuses on more than just the competition. We delve into the whys and hows of the physical alterations they’ve made to their outer bodies (silicone injections, breast implants, facial reconstruction, etc.), their inner bodies (hormone therapies) and their decisions to refrain from following through with sex reassignment surgery, in order to remain true female impersonators and be eligible to compete and perform as such.

We also talk with female impersonators who live their lives as men outside the pageant and performance world, and the occasional tensions between them and those who’ve been surgically enhanced.

We examine the difficulty many have finding true and lasting romantic relationships. We address the rejection many have experienced from family, as well as the changing opinions and acceptance of transgender individuals by society in general today.

Because Miss Continental is so closely linked to the legendary female impersonation nightclub, The Baton, in Chicago (Jim Flint created and owns them both), we take a side trip deep inside this iconic, 46-year-old show lounge. We dig into its storied history, and meet the permanent cast, many of whom are former Miss Continental title-holders themselves. We learn why this is the holy grail of female impersonation, and why many new Continental pageant winners hope their victories will lead to permanent employment there for them, as well.

We reveal the shadier and sadder parts of The Baton's past—mob and police pay-offs to stay open, drugs, prostitution, AIDS, crime, tragic accidents, and even murder. Several former Baton performers (and Miss Continentals) have met horrible, haunting deaths.

Returning to Continental, we get to the bottom of why winning this crown means so much to those in pursuit of the title, why they see it as a stepping stone to greater fame, fortune and success, and–yes--how it’s also a cut-throat competition where occasional acts of sabotage have been known to take place.

You'll be awestruck by the amount of time and money spent (on makeup, costumes, wigs, backup dancers and more) to win this crown. The contestants shimmer and seduce, titillate and twirl. The glitz, the glamour, the talent and the beauty on display here rival—no--put the Miss America and Miss USA pageants to shame!

With thousands in the audience cheering, there are tears of joy for those who perform well under the Miss Continental stage lights; when the show ends, there are tears of heartbreak in the shadows for those who fared poorly.

To some outsiders, and the uninformed, the dolled-up, lip-synched routines at both Miss Continental and The Baton might seem frivolous, perhaps even pointless, after a few viewings. But The Queens will show you why creating this illusion and this mystique are a way of life for--not only these performers--but for thousands of others just like them (and their devoted fans) across the United States.

Year after year, decade after decade, the show simply must go on.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Gays/Lesbians

Other Minorities

Gays/Lesbians

Budget

50,000

Program 2

Nonprofit Awareness Campaigns

If your purposeful organization, business, cause, or non-profit fits our mission, The Reporters Inc. looks forward to helping you tell your story in an authentic, journalistic fashion.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

Budget

5,000

Program 3

"The Experiment in Black and White"

When the subject is race, people shut up. They don’t want to talk about it, especially in mixed company. Few seem willing to speak openly or candidly, for fear of being called a racist. And as a result, questions and answers, issues and problems, simply don’t get discussed thoroughly and honestly in America today.

Instead, ignorance festers, fear grows, stereotypes persist, segregation increases.

"The Experiment in Black and White" is a concept designed to help change all that. And it’s a proven concept—one that won a national Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award. It’s a concept that the creators of the original documentary project believe is ripe for re-envisioning.

The original "Experiment" brought five black and five white Chicago-area residents (all strangers to one another) together for one week, sequestering them inside a home. They lived, ate, slept, socialized, and debated race-related issues with one another.

They left their jobs and their families behind, all with the same goal: to break down barriers, to work through their prejudices and biases, and to better educate both themselves and the hundreds of thousands of people who would end up watching the project. (The participants were selected with the assistance of race relations experts.)

The participants were given daily assignments and tasks, designed and facilitated in part by professors from the University of Illinois, Northwestern, DePaul, and other schools. They conversed about everything from slavery reparations and racial profiling, to affirmative action and the use of the ‘n’ word. There were talks about discrimination and crime, language and behavior, cultural and sociological perceptions—and misperceptions. The conversations were eye opening, provocative, and sometimes controversial. Yet they were also rational, meaningful, and substantive.

In the end, much of what was expressed publicly by these participants often echoed the views of the general public–opinions and feelings many people may voice privately but fear or resist saying aloud because of the potential repercussions in our “politically correct” culture. In "The Experiment in Black and White," the housemates were refreshingly and sometimes stunningly honest. There was no tiptoeing around any issue whatsoever. Though all arrived ready to defend their strong opinions, they were also willing to change them if convinced otherwise.

Some issues were definitely not resolved, but it’s safe to say that everyone involved in this project gained a better understanding of one another. Each person worked diligently towards bridging the racial divide.

Many journalism critics and awards panels lauded the original project. The Chicago Sun-Times called it “bold and eye-opening. Rarely has local television news confronted real-life prejudices with as much courage and honesty.”

More details can be found here: http://www.thereporters.org/project/the-experiment-in-black-and-white/

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Other Minorities

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

50,000

Program 4

Long-form print journalism

We regularly publish original in-depth written articles, commentaries, essays and investigations from a broad and diverse range of voices. They’re intended to create a community conversation online. We have the time, the space, the talent, and the experience to put the meat on the bones of a story.

Our work comes from people you wouldn’t necessarily hear from in a traditional or mainstream media publication or website. The newest posts can be found on our home page, followed by links to our past work.

The Reporters Inc. is a proud member of The Investigative News Network (INN), a collaboration of more than 90 nonprofit newsrooms dedicated to serving the public interest. Our articles are syndicated and shared with hundreds of other media organizations, online magazines, top blogs, etc.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Male Adults

Budget

1,000

Program 5

"The Innocent Convicts"

Tim Cole was an African-American military veteran and a Texas Tech University student who died in prison while serving a 25-year sentence for a rape he did not commit. He then became the first man in the history of the state of Texas to be exonerated posthumously.

In this new independent, feature-length documentary, The Reporters Inc. (www.thereporters.org) investigates the Cole case and others; the production utilizes their stories as a springboard to delve into the causes surrounding false and wrongful convictions, including racial inequality and bias in the American law enforcement and judicial systems.

B) BACKGROUND:

As of September 2015, the National Registry of Exonerations lists more than 1,650 men and women who’ve been cleared of wrongful convictions in the last 25 years. 47 percent were black and 40 percent had been incarcerated for at least ten years before their exonerations. Leaders of the Registry, a project of the University of Michigan Law School and the most comprehensive collection of exonerations in the U.S., believe the list represents just a sliver of the true number of those falsely accused and still imprisoned.

In fact, some legal experts estimate as many as one out of every ten currently imprisoned men and women in the U.S. is innocent.

At the same time, in a 2006 opinion, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia states that, at the very most, the number of wrongful felony convictions in America stands at no more than 0.027 percent.

Regardless, all can agree that even a single false conviction is troubling. And the Tim Cole case is among the most egregious.

In March 1985, 20-year-old Texas Tech student Michelle Jean Murray was brutally raped by an African American man at a parking lot a couple of blocks away from her dormitory. This incident, among similar attacks, shocked parents, students and the university town of Lubbock, Texas.

While no physical evidence linked Tim Cole to the crime, in September 1986 an all-white jury convicted Cole for raping Murray, based primarily on Murray’s testimony. (She had identified him as her attacker during a police suspect lineup.) Cole was 26-years-old. He was offered parole if he would admit guilt, but he refused to take blame for a crime he did not commit.
In 1995, Texas prisoner Jerry Wayne Johnson wrote to police and prosecutors in Lubbock to confess that he had actually committed the rape, but his letters were not acknowledged. And Murray later admitted that she was mistaken when she named Cole as her assailant.
Cole died in prison in 1999 from an asthma attack, after serving 13 years. He never learned that Johnson was trying to confess.
Eventually, however, Johnson’s confessions reached the Innocence Project of Texas and Cole’s family. DNA testing linked Johnson to the crime and proved Cole was not the rapist.
In 2009, a judge overturned Cole’s conviction, after reexamination of forensic evidence that linked Johnson to the crime.
Cole's mother, Ruby Session, advocated for reforms in the criminal justice system, which led Texas lawmakers to enact the Tim Cole Act to compensate wrongly convicted individuals and help prevent miscarriages of justice. The victim, the now-married Michelle Mallin, now speaks and writes about the case to raise awareness about misidentifications and wrongful convictions.
Texas Governor Rick Perry officially pardoned Cole in March 2010, and in September 2014 the city of Lubbock unveiled a statue to honor the memory and innocence of Tim Cole.


C) OBJECTIVE:
One of the United States’ most cherished tenets is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. This documentary will examine and document the causes, reasons and aftermath of harrowing wrongful convictions. Based on extensive research, in-depth interviews, exclusive footage and compelling visuals, the goal is to beam a powerful light on the grave injustices and horrendous penalties Tim Cole and others have suffered, the disruptions and agony caused for their families, and the failings of law enforcement in America. We want to spur action and elevate conversation around these issues.

This documentary will present a narrative in the conversation, explore discriminatory policing, raise visibility of racial injustice, and promote justice system accountability in the U.S. and around the world. At a time when the U.S. seems to be continually rocked by complaints and protests connected to issues of racial justice (the killing of Trayvon Martin, the tensions in Ferguson and Baltimore, etc.), the time couldn’t be more right for an in-depth examination of this issue.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

50,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Reporters Inc. is dedicated to promoting social awareness and change through powerful multimedia storytelling. We do so through three main components: Independent Documentaries, Independent Online Articles, and Video Storytelling Services.

    Our documentary projects are designed to inspire and enlighten you, to elicit meaningful dialogue, root out misinformation, dispel stereotypes and prejudices, and challenge the status quo. We tell stories that help you better understand the lives of others, and in the process, examine, analyze and reflect on your own life.

    On our website, we publish original news analyses, feature stories, commentaries and essays, as well as exclusive book excerpts and investigations. Our articles are intended to create a community conversation for you online. We have the time, the talent, and the experience to dig deeply into a story. Whether you’re an under-resourced nonprofit or other purposeful organization wishing to better communicate your message or cause, you can hire us to create memorable presentations.

    Our video services are effective primarily because we utilize a journalistic approach to accomplish a marketing goal. Through research and interviews, our storytelling techniques are designed to motivate and persuade your targeted audiences. We put human faces on the facts and figures in an informative yet compelling fashion.

    We also help you build on the momentum of our finished productions by showing you how to most effectively use them cultivate the attention of other media—in order to reach the broadest audience possible.

    Whether it's a groundbreaking independent documentary, a thought-provoking online article, or a powerful service-oriented video, The Reporters Inc. presents stories that will linger in your mind and simmer in your consciousness. We produce work that matters, and work that makes a difference.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To fund our documentaries, we rely on the support and donations of those who believe independent media is necessary and vital for true journalistic work to thrive and prosper in the 21st century.

    We utilize the film festival circuit to introduce our work to the public, and then pursue wider theatrical releases, televised airings, home video distribution, and online digital opportunities. Prior to seeking out funding for many of our projects, we secure commitments to air them from public television. Our productions are often used by schools, workplaces, religious groups and other organizations as a tool for conflict resolution, cultural awareness, diversity training, and modern education.

    Our independent online articles come from a broad and diverse range of voices from around the world--people who are often underrepresented in traditional or mainstream media. The Reporters Inc. is a proud member of the Investigative News Network (INN), a collaboration of more than 90 nonprofit newsrooms dedicated to serving the public interest. Our articles are syndicated and shared with hundreds of other media organizations, online magazines and top blogs.

    And as for our video storytelling services, when you utilize this service to tell your story, the program fee includes a tax-deductible donation to The Reporters Inc. That helps us fund production of our independent documentaries and online articles.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Reporters Inc. has assembled a group of experienced journalists, marketers, and nonprofit managers to serve on its staff and its advisory committee and board of directors. With experience in all of these key areas, we have been able to very confidently pursue our mission.

    In addition, the board and staff include distinguished professionals in the fields of television and film production, government, education, health, human resources, sales, computer technology, finance, art, business, and law.

    They are black and white, Latino and Asian, gay and straight, male and female, young and old(er), wealthy and not-so-wealthy, Christian, Jewish, spiritual and agnostic. They live in 14 states across the country–in cities both large and small. They hail from nine countries on four continents. All are committed to the mission of The Reporters Inc.

    We have in-house editing facilities, state-of-the-art computers, a constant team of enthusiastic college interns, and several talented videographers with whom we work on our video productions.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Every year we examine what we've accomplished at the end of the previous fiscal year, and then make a plan of action for the next year. Currently our goals include:
    a) finishing a documentary about the longest running female impersonation club in the nation, and the longest-running female impersonation beauty pageant; launch a Kickstarter campaign in support of this
    b) finishing a documentary about race relations in South Africa, post apartheid
    c) updating the website so it's mobile-compatible, and add video to the home page
    d) launching a monthly e-newsletter via MailChimp
    e) increasing the number of monthly in-depth online articles from two to four
    f) increasing the number of video storytelling service projects from two to four a year
    g) launching a personalized email introduction campaign, alerting potential donors about what we are all about
    h) purchasing additional camera and editing equipment
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Reporters Inc.’s services were primarily focused in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area in 2013 but our geographic scope is intended to be international. During 2013, we estimate our journalistic services reached an estimated audience of 5,000 people. (This is based on the reach of our work through our website, our social media endeavors, our video storytelling services, and our original reporting.)
    also

    In addition to the other documentary projects we have mentioned in this GuideStar Report ("The Baton" and "Reaching for the Rainbow"), in 2013, we researched and wrote up an extensive proposal for a documentary about drunken driving, called Drunktrotting: A Global Quest to Stop Drinking and Driving. It focuses on the varying ways different countries tackle the problem.

    We have added the ability to share our online articles via social media, and added comments sections. We have expanded the scope of readership through our membership with the Investigative News Network.

    We are in the process of compiling a "Why We Are Needed/What Can We Do for You" policy that best explains how our video storytelling services can help nonprofits (with missions similar to ours) effectively tell their story in the increasingly fractured media universe.

    We are in the final steps of meeting all standards by the Minnesota Charities Review Council.

    We are about to actively purse grants from foundations in support of our mission.
Service Areas

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International

The Reporters Inc.'s services are primarily focused in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area but our geographic scope is intended to be international.

We estimate our journalistic services reach a regular audience of 15,000.

This is based on the reach of our work through our website, our social media endeavors, our video storytelling services, and our original reporting.

Our documentaries, when complete, are intended for a national and international audience of millions, due to the fact they will air on public television and cable television, are shown at film festivals and theaters, and are distributed through home video services and the Internet.

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President & Executive Director

Mr. Mark H Saxenmeyer

Vice President

Mr. Jim McCleary

BIO

Mark knew he wanted to be a journalist from the age of 10, when he started a neighborhood newspaper called The Drew Tribune.

Mark then went on to become editor of his junior high, senior high, and college newspapers. After graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Bachelor of Arts in Journalism) he segued into television; for nearly a quarter century he reported and produced for ABC, FOX and CBS affiliates in Chicago, Hartford, Madison, Minneapolis, and Sacramento.

Mark has mentored nearly 100 college journalism students through his internship programs, he's the author of a chapter in the University of Illinois textbook Race/Gender/Class/Media, he's been a Big Brother with both the Chicago and Sacramento chapters of Big Brothers of America, he's a graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice/Federal Bureau of Investigation Chicago Division's Citizens' Academy, and he's studied and lived abroad in both Spain and Paraguay.

Mark has spoken at, or hosted, dozens of events for charitable, educational or journalistic organizations over the years. Among them: the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, Children's Advocacy Center, AIDS Foundation, Community Media Workshop, Broadcast Education Association, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Mark's broadcast journalism, community service, documentary, and factual entertainment projects have been honored with numerous national awards, including an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and an Edward R. Murrow from Radio Television Digital News Association. He's also won national prizes from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the National Association of Black Journalists, the American Women in Radio and Television, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, among others.

STATEMENT FROM THE President & Executive Director

"The Board of Directors, its Officers, its Advisory Committee, and the staff of The Reporters Inc. are comprised of distinguished professionals in the fields of journalism, broadcasting, television and film production, public relations and marketing, government, education, health, human resources, sales, computer technology, finance, art, business, and law.

They are black and white, Latino and Asian, gay and straight, male and female, young and old(er), wealthy and not-so-wealthy, Christian, Jewish, spiritual and agnostic. They live in 14 states across the country–in cities both large and small. They hail from nine countries on four continents. All are committed to the mission of The Reporters Inc."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Jackie Weinberg

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
The Board of Directors, its Officers, its Advisory Committee, and the staff of The Reporters Inc. are comprised of distinguished professionals in the fields of journalism, broadcasting, television and film production, public relations and marketing, government, education, health, human resources, sales, computer technology, finance, art, business, and law. They are black and white, Latino and Asian, gay and straight, male and female, young and old(er), wealthy and not-so-wealthy, Christian, Jewish, spiritual and agnostic. They live in 11 states across the country–in cities both large and small. They hail from six countries on three continents. All are committed to the mission of The Reporters Inc.