NPR President Vivian Schiller talked about the challenges and rewards of reporting collaborations during last weekend’s Investigative Reporters and Editors conference: “[A partnership] will succeed only if it results in good, serious, enduring work. And not if it’s about next news flavor of the month. And certainly not solely because it’s a cheaper model.” She also spoke at length about the investigative unit that NPR established in January: “The next step in our ambition is to help our member stations do better investigative work at the local level where so much reporting has simply gone away. And we know to do that we must partner. We must employ digital media in both gathering and distributing the news. And we must adhere to a seriousness of purpose — we’re aiming high and not just for high ratings.” Full text of her remarks is posted on 10,000 words. A blog reporting on various conference sessions is here.