Founded in January 2011, Aspen Journalism is a local, nonprofit, and investigative news organization.
The Center for Investigative Reporting was established in 1977. It upped its digital presence significantly in 2009, when it founded Calfiornia Watch, an investigative news organization focused on the state of California. In 2012, CIR merged with The Bay Citizen, a two-year-old local news start up in San Francisco. In 2013, CIR consolidated California Watch and The Bay Citizen into a single brand and website. With the merger, CIR gained about $5 million in Bay Citizen donations, more than doubling its annual expenditures. The organization is increasingly focused on develoption national publication partners and growing syndication revenue. Its work has won numerous journalism prizes.
Florida Bulldog is an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit news site, providing authoritative local, regional and statewide reporting in the public interest. Staffed by professional journalists, it carries staff-written stories about government and policy mixed with watchdog stories from national sites such as the Center for Public Integrity. Revenue: donations, story sales, advertising.
The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting was founded in 2010 to investigate corruption, waste and injustice in partnership with traditional and emerging news media in Florida. In 2016, the organization refocused on three programs: 1) offering individual grants of $500 to $5,000 to journalists working on Florida stories; investigating Islamophobia and the intersection of national security and civil liberties in partnership with national media; and acting as a fiscal sponsor for journalism organizations and individual journalists to receive funding that requires a 501(c)(3) umbrella. Revenue: Grants, individual contributions, data analysis.
inewsource is an investigative news organization that focuses on government, education, and health with data-driven reporting in San Diego and Imperial counties in southern California. The organization also teaches journalism students at San Diego State University, where it is based. Revenue: Grants, donations, sponsorships.
Investigate West produces investigative reports on issues such as public safety and the environment in the the Pacific Northwest and the West. Revenue: Grants, donations.
Veteran investigative reporter Jim Heaney launched the Investigative Post in 2012 with help from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Knight Community Information challenge. The organization aims to "tell the stories that need to be told about the skullduggery and dysfunction that pervades Buffalo and WNY (Western New York)." Investigative Post has built a diverse revenue stream that includes funding from foundations, large and small donors, and earned income through the sale of content to media partners. Those partners include WGRZ TV (NBC), WBFO FM (NPR) and The Public (alternative news weekly). Investigative post also has working relationships The Capitol Pressroom, a public affairs program boradcast on 20 public radion stations across New York, seven daily newspapers around upstate, ProPublica and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
IowaWatch, part of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, is an independent, non-partisan news source that produces and encourages explanatory and investigative journalism in Iowa through collaborative, multimedia reporting with Iowa news organizations. The Center also educates college students to do this kind of journalism at a high, professional level. We inform the public so that it can be armed with the knowledge necessary to play its role in a democracy.
Who We Are
Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying: “A free, aggressive, open and bold press is part of the spiritual core of our Democracy.” In an era where investigative reporting and journalism as a whole are struggling to endure, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) works to ensure their survival by producing award-winning, journalism and engaging a new generation committed to the core tenants of our democracy: a thriving and open press.
Established in January 2009, NECIR--a nonprofit news outlet based at WGBH (PBS/NPR Boston) and affiliated with Boston University-- has grown in size from a staff of two to a staff of nine including the Center’s executive director, executive editor (the former Boston Bureau Chief for The Wall Street Journal), five reporters including a Pulitzer Prize winner and two Pulitzer finalists, a training manager and audience engagement/marketing director.
We have become a leader in:
--Generating in-depth national investigative stories – over 60% of our reporting (and growing);
--Producing regional investigative journalism with national implications;
--Training and educating aspiring (with a focus on persons of color) and professional journalists; and
--Generating a diversified stream of earned revenue to support its programs and reduce its reliance on philanthropic support.
We have produced more than 150 investigations and won close to a dozen awards for journalistic excellence, most of them national. We have proven that an investigative news nonprofit can both serve its local constituents AND national audiences AND generate a successful earned-income revenue stream.
NECIR’s stories – like those of our larger-sized peers at Pro Publica and the Center for Public Integrity – have national reach and drive concrete change.
NECIR puts equal emphasis on the second piece of its mission: to train a new generation of investigative reporters. Over the past seven years, the Center has trained more than 600 students and journalists from around the nation and the globe.
The Center has five training components, the largest being its Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop for High School Students which last summer attracted 132 students from 26 states and 15 countries. NECIR offers four two-week sessions, three at Boston University and one—starting this year—at Boston College. Students learn journalism basics in the morning sessions and work with experienced reporters each afternoon producing an investigative story that’s completed by the end of the two weeks. The program’s overall goal is to teach students research, writing and critical thinking skills.
Other training programs offered by NECIR include the Center’s Investigative Reporting Certificate Program, a one-week workshop each June that attracts working journalists and recent college graduates from around the nation and the globe; our national workshops—three each year in various cities across the country—done in collaboration with Investigative Reporters and Editors, the nation’s premiere investigative reporting organization; training of journalists in other countries, this year Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia; and one-day Watchdog Reporting Workshops around New England.
NECIR is the only nonprofit investigative journalism organization to have successfully pioneered an earned revenue stream totaling almost two-thirds of our $1.4 million budget. Training alone – including our high school workshop that is the largest in the country – brings in almost $400,000 a year. In addition the Center has strong partnerships with public media including WGBH (PBS/NPR) and WBUR (NPR),which together contribute almost $500,000 to NECIR’s budget. This is revolutionary in this field … and essential if independent journalism is going to thrive.
Oklahoma Watch is an investigative news site that focuses on data-driven reporting about key topics in the state, including addiction, immigration, criminal justice and education. The site launched in 2010 and produced coverage that helped bring about prison reform in Oklahoma. After a hiatus in 2012, the site relaunched in 2013 with a new editor, David Fritze, who had been a senior editor at The Arizona Republic. The site is funded by several foundations that are represented on its board of directors and the operation is housed at the University of Oklahoma.
Pine Tree Watchdog, a publication of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, keeps citizens informed about their government and their public servants through original investigative research and featured content from outside sources. Since its launch in December 2009, the site has provided content on elections, ethics, public safety, and political issues. Revenue: Donations, foundation grants.
ProPublica is an investigative news organization with a national reach and an annual budget of about $10 million. ProPublica seeks to produce stories with "moral force" by exposing exploitation and violations of the public trust. Known for the quality of its journalism, ProPublica has won two Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other journalism awards. It often publishes a major story excclusively with one other publication and then encourages other outlets to pick up the story. Revenue: Grants, donations.
PublicSource delivering investigative news about key issues in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. In collaboration with radio stations, newspapers, the outlet looks on the issues including fracturing and reincorporation after military life.
The Austin Bulldog is an investigative news site dedicated to in-depth reporting in Austin, Texas. The nonprofit was founded in 2010 by editor Ken Martin. Revenue: Donations.
The nonpartisan, nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is increasing the quality and quantity of investigative reporting in Wisconsin, while training current and future generations of investigative journalists.