December 3, 2012

Investigative News Network Grows to More Than 70 Member Organizations

INN is pleased to announce the addition of six newsrooms from around the U.S., whose work ranges from covering government to public broadcasting to community reporting. The new members are The News Enterprise, NJ Spotlight, Newspaper Tree, Colorado Public News, New Mexico In Depth and the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting .

These new organizations bring the total of the network’s members to 71. The new members include:

The News Enterprise
The News Enterprise is a student reporting initiative of the Emory College Journalism Program. Students in the Program’s investigative reporting course study advanced reporting techniques and receive practical, hands-on training in the practice of in-depth, public-interest journalism. Under the guidance of faculty, students learn to use documents, databases and interviews to produce thoroughly reported, contextualized stories on significant local, regional and national issues. The goal is to teach students advanced reporting skills they can use to produce high-quality accountability journalism on subjects such as government, business, education, health and the environment.

NJ Spotlight
NJ Spotlight is an online news service providing insight and information on issues critical to New Jersey, with the aim of informing and engaging the state’s communities and businesses. We are nonpartisan, independent, policy-centered and community-minded. NJ Spotlight exists through the generous support of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the William Penn Foundation.

Newspaper Tree
The Newspaper Tree is based in El Paso, Texas. Anthony Martinez founded the organization in 2003. Since that time, the organization has covered local government corruption and issues important to the border region. The Newspaper Tree is in the process of becoming a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Colorado Public News
Colorado Public News is a nonprofit news site with more than 30 media partners in print, radio and television across Colorado. Its mission is to inform Coloradans with in-depth, provocative news that is relevant to their lives.

New Mexico In Depth
The organization’s goal is to foster, promote and publish journalism in the public interest. New Mexico In Depth aims to produce its own investigative reports and forge partnerships with existing media outlets around New Mexico in a bid to nurture a culture of ambitious journalism that tackles big questions and complex issues.

Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting (AZCIR)
The Center is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to accountability reporting in Arizona. From issues such as corruption to government waste to immigration to the environment, AZCIR will hold people and organizations accountable for the things that matter in Arizona. AZCIR believes this type of journalism is critical for the robust conversation required in a healthy, functioning democracy. AZCIR adds to the public dialogue through innovative, interactive and in-depth investigative reporting that is published digitally on and through partnerships with other Arizona news mediums such as newspapers, television stations, radio, online publications and even national media. AZCIR is a bilingual publication, presenting information in both English and Spanish.

INN was founded in 2009 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.