Michele's List
Building blocks in the emerging local news ecosystem

Unique monthly visitors


Average visits



  • Yes

E-newsletter subscribers



  • $101,000 - $250,000

Primary revenue source(s)

  • None at this level

Last Publisher Update

  • 2016-03-16 19:41:49 UTC

Investigative Post
New York
Investigative Post

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. 




New York

Zip code


Year launched


Tax status

  • Nonprofit 501c3

Geographic scope

  • Metro or large city

Scope of coverage

  • Produce investigative news

Topics of coverage

  • Environment
  • Government & politics
  • Planning & development

Watchdog journalism?

  • Yes, it is the primary focus

Site Twitter handle


Effective engagement practice

We are very active on social media, promoting our stories using both our Facebook and Twitter accounts and those of our TV partner, WGRZ, which has more than 200,000 Facebook and Twitter fans and followers.

We have built our following, which now totals about 7,800, in part through an initiative funded by INN's INNovation Fund. We used paid placements to target Buffalo-area fans and followers of relevant news sites (Buffalo News, NY Times, Mother Jones, etc.)