July 31, 2012

Women’s eNews and InSight Crime Join the Investigative News Network

The Investigative News Network is pleased to announce Women's eNews and InSight Crime have joined its network of nonprofit news organizations, now 64 members strong.

The two nonprofit newsrooms will expand the network's reach through coverage of women's issues by Women’s eNews, and organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean by InSight Crime.

"We're excited to work with Women's eNews and InSight Crime, which bring top-notch reporting on two important and often under-reported verticals into the network," said INN's CEO Kevin Davis. "With each additional organization, we increase our impact on the nonprofit journalism landscape."

Launched in June 2000, Women's eNews, provides investigative, in-depth news reporting and aggregation on women’s issues to support women's full participation in civil society. The organization joined INN to connect with other nonprofit investigative news services, and together tackle the central issues common to nonprofits: how to become and remain sustainable, build audience, recruit top journalistic talent, and fundraise to manage a nonprofit newsroom.

Women's eNews Editor in Chief and Founder Rita Henley Jensen said sharing lessons learned is vital to running a nonprofit.

"I often joke that I drink white wine for a living," Jensen said. "That refers to the absolute necessity to consistently be in conversations with others with similar concerns, to trade information, generate ideas, learn from each other’s mistakes, gain leads to people and organizations that might help solve an issue; and maybe even swap connections for financial support."

InSight Crime started in April 2010 under the Fundacion Ideas para la Paz in Bogota, Colombia, and with funding from the Open Society Foundation. In August of 2011, American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies became a sponsor and additional host to the project. InSight Crime is now an independent, nonprofit organization with headquarters in Medellin, Colombia and at American University in Washington, D.C.

InSight Crime’s objective is to fill the gap in media coverage on organized crime in Latin American and the Caribbean by increasing research, analysis and investigations. It connects the pieces, the players and the organizations, providing a cohesive look at the region’s criminal enterprises and the effectiveness of the initiatives to stop them.

"InSight Crime is constantly looking for ways to partner with media organizations and believes the INN facilitates this possibility," InSight Crime's Co-Director Steven Dudley said. InSight Crime has already partnered with INN member Center for Public Integrity on a project with Frontline, and looks forward to future partnerships with members. Partnerships provide opportunities for spreading content more widely, and gaining quality content from other like-minded organizations.

INN was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Los Angeles. It was created to help the increasing number of nonprofit newsrooms pool resources, promote editorial collaborations and get wider distribution of their work. INN is composed of organizations that produce nonpartisan investigative and public service journalism of regional, national and international scope. INN members produce original, multi-media longform and ongoing stories and analyses of public data to better inform the communities they serve.

For more information on Women's eNews: http://womensenews.org
For more information on InSight Crime: http://insightcrime.org