October 7, 2011

McCormick Foundation Provides an Additional Two-Year Grant to INN

The Investigative News Network is pleased to announce that it has received a two-year $225,000 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

This two-year grant will be used for joint reporting projects and support services for INN’s growing network of 60-members

The funds will also finance a second training seminar for INN members in partnership with the Center for Investigative Reporting. The seminar will be held April 2012 in Berkeley, Calif.,  prior to the annual Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting.

"We are very grateful to the McCormick Foundation for their continued support of our consortium," said Kevin Davis, CEO and Executive Director of INN.  "Thanks to this generous grant, INN can increase the level and impact of the editorial collaborations across the Network, while increasing the business capabilities of our member organizations.

The grant is part of the nearly $5 million in McCormick funding approved for 22 organizations dedicated to news literacy, press freedoms and excellence in journalism over the course of the next two years.

The backbone of our grantmaking strategy is investment in quality content, professional training and meaningful collaborative news projects,” said Journalism Program Director Clark Bell. “Our support of INN allows its members some breathing room to do what they do best---report and distribute important news.”

McCormick has been a supporter of INN since its creation two years ago and previously awarded INN a $75,000 grant in 2010.

“The McCormick Foundation is playing a critical role in ensuring that investigative reporting remains alive and well during a period of deep transformation in the way that journalism is funded,” said Brant Houston, chair of INN’s board of directors.

About the Investigative News Network (INN):

INN is a consortium of 60 non-profit news organizations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico that produce nonpartisan investigative and public service journalism on a local, regional and national basis. INN supports these organizations as they strive to cover long-form and ongoing stories, keeping communities informed on important issues.

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, via its website “The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.”