January 15, 2013

Investigative News Network Adds 3 New Members, Now 74-Newsrooms Strong

The Investigative News Network is pleased to welcome three new member organizations, bringing the total number of nonprofit newsrooms in the network to 74 at the beginning of 2013. The new members include Public Herald, Innovation Trail, and Environmental Health News/The Daily Climate.

“INN is thrilled to add these three exciting nonprofits to our roster of newsrooms focused on investigative and public service journalism,” said Kevin Davis, CEO & Executive Director of INN. “Each of these organizations — in their own unique way — represents the next generation in collaborative, mission-driven newsrooms.”

Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate are nonprofit daily news sites, featuring aggregated material from around the world as well as original science and environmental reporting. The organization’s archives of 400,000 news stories and both sites are accessible free of charge for all. EHN's and TDC's staffers and contributors are veterans of the Los Angeles Times, CNN,the AP, USA Today, the Washington Post and other news organizations.

"We're big admirers of the work of INN's members and look forward to joining forces with them to help counteract the decline of traditional news organizations," said EHN/TDC Publisher Peter Dykstra. EHN/TDC encourages republication of stories by INN colleagues.

New member Public Herald is a nonprofit organization, comprised of an independent group of journalists and artists dedicated to investigative journalism in the public interest. Public Herald works with communities who face challenging conditions to tell their stories through engaging online journalism and multimedia projects. The organization is focused on accountability where people are silenced by the abuse of power from government, industry, social or environmental circumstances.

The third new member The Innovation Trail is a collaboration between six upstate New York public media outlets: WXXI,WBFO, WRVO, WSKG, WMHT and North Country Public Radio. The initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and led by WXXI, helps the public gain a better understanding of the connection between technological breakthroughs and the revitalization of upstate New York's economy. Reports focus on research, development, education, funding, and policy issues around emerging fields like energy, information technology, biotech, nanotech and photonics.

“Innovation Trail is excited to have this formal connection with resources and membership of INN. Our LJC, now into its third year, has enhanced the quality and quantity of reporting across central New York and upstate,” said Matthew Leonard, the editor of the project. “By linking up with INN we’re signaling our intention to continue our commitment to in-depth coverage of issues like economic development, fracking and emerging technologies implementing investigative reporting strategies”.

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.