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Investigative News Network

November 16, 2011 in Community, Craft, Policy, Resources

The Investigative News Network is a collaborative organization made up of [60] nonprofit investigative journalism outlets.

The network was founded by 25 nonprofit news organizations at a summer 2009 conference organized by The Center for Public Integrity and The Center for Investigative Reporting. Those two organizations, along with the Investigative Reporting Workshop and ProPublica, had previously initiated a six-month collaborative pilot project, though ProPublica is not a member of the group.

The group was formed as a way for nonprofit investigative outlets to collaborate on anything from reporting to administration to fundraising. In February 2010, it released its first collaborative report, on sexual assaults on college campuses.” Source: Nieman Journalism Lab

  • “The Investigative News Network (INN) is dedicated to helping our member non-profit news organizations produce and distribute stories with the highest impact possible, and to become sustainable nonprofit organizations.
  • We are a consortium of high quality, award-winning watchdog journalistic organizations serving the public interest to benefit our free society.
  • We aim to provide premier support for our members, by incubating and fostering new non-profit newsrooms, providing opportunities for editorial collaboration and creating distribution channels to reach the widest audience possible.
  • To qualify for the extensive benefits and services of INN, our members are not-for-profit news organizations that are transparent in their funding and non-partisan in their approach to investigative and public service reporting.” Source: Investigative News Network

Reinventing Journalism: A Personal Journey

October 20, 2011 in Craft, Experiments, Resources

Today, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is releasing “Reinventing Journalism,” Executive Director Robert Rosenthal’s personal account of joining CIR and launching California Watch, it’s statewide investigative team. The goal of the report, written at the request of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is to help other nonprofit reporting ventures learn from CIR’s experience and to shed light on where the rapidly changing landscape of journalism, and especially investigative reporting, might be headed.

As he says in the opening paragraph, Robert had no idea what he was getting into when he walked into CIR in 2008. “Reinventing Journalism” is his personal account of finding his way: from his own history as a copyboy and young reporter, to assignments around the world, to being in the ring for the collapse of the traditional media business model, to seizing the opportunity to create a new kind of journalism organization, to his own evolution from journalist to what he calls “salesman/evangelical entrepreneur.”

“Reinventing Journalism” is available online, as a PDF and a free eBook.” Source: Investigative News Network