This month, we'd like to introduce you to Dan Rosenblum. Dan has been Senior Reporter at New York Nonprofit Media since May 2016, and has worked as a reporter in New York City and New Jersey.
Where did you grow up?
Beautiful New Jersey, where I still live.
What was your first journalism job?
After graduating from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, I did some freelancing for publications like NJ.com, Capital New York (now Politico New York
and Next City before landing at Northjersey.com, where I covered suburban Essex County, and then at The Chief-Leader.
How did you get interested in covering the nonprofit sector?
I've always been interested in the forces and policies that shape cities. It's fascinating to understand the web of government, nonprofit and quasi-governmental organizations that underpin neighborhoods.
For those unfamiliar with NYN Media, tell us a bit about its various platforms.
NYN Media is a part of City & State, which focuses on politics across New York City and the state. We hold events, send a daily email to thousands of subscribers and run a print section in City & State magazine. We write about issues, profile interesting programs, and give a platform to sector leaders who have a take on a pertinent policy area.
You oversee the daily NYN First Read. What content is most suitable for this, and how do you curate the newsletters each day?
Every day we aggregate issues of homelessness, affordable housing, social services and government contracting to thousands of readers. Our ideal stories may pertain to sector-wide trends, city policies that will affect readers, what foundations are doing, or interesting profiles that highlight folks in the community.
You also launched a podcast series in which you interview nonprofit leaders a year ago. Tell us about those.
On our NYN Media Insights Podcast, we invite executives, program officers, policy leaders and other folks in the nonprofit sphere for a 15-20 talk about the issues that organizations are facing, or to weigh in on a theme or piece of analysis. We love to hear about how people meet challenges, what they've learned and what they can tell front-line workers. We typically record
Tuesday afternoons and roll episodes out on Thursday morning,
You obviously receive many pitches. Offer some advice on what works - and what doesn't - when trying to sell you a story.
We definitely welcome tips for stories, press releases to excerpt for our newsletter's "buzz" section, and clips to link to in the newsletter. Things can get caught in our spam filter or otherwise overlooked, so feel free to check back in if you don't hear back from us.
Protip: You'd be surprised at how many pitches are addressed to people who haven't worked here for several years. In that case, we know that there's a 97 percent chance the pitch will have little to do with what we cover.
How should people reach you or a colleague to pitch a story?
What are some of the nonprofit trends you expect to be at the fore this fall?
On the federal level, we're following the move to repeal the
Johnson Amendment and the fight over tax reform that could shift how people donate to charities. On the local level, there's no shortage of funding and contracting issues that nonprofits are facing.