What’s in a successful succession? Nonprofit news leaders on handing the reins to the next guard


In 2019, Mukhtar Ibrahim launched the nonprofit Sahan Journal to cover Minnesota’s immigrants and communities of color. ...

Last week, Ibrahim spoke on a panel at the Institute for Nonprofit News’ annual conference, INN Days, about the importance of succession planning for every nonprofit news organization. He was joined by Amy Kovac-Ashley, executive director of the Tiny News Collective and author of a free News Executive Leadership Transition Guide, and Richard Young, the founder and executive director of nonprofit education and local news hub CivicLex in Lexington, Kentucky.

The panel, moderated by INN director of leadership and talent development Sara Shahriari, offered tips for other nonprofit news founders about making succession planning a priority at a time when many (from City Bureau’s Darryl Holliday last summer, to MLK50’s Wendi Thomas just last month) have steered their outlets to maturity or stability, and are handing the reins to a new guard of leaders. 

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