April 29, 2013

Investigative News Network Grows to 82 Members

The Investigative News Network now comprises 82 nonprofit newsrooms across North America: INN is pleased to welcome Mother Jones, the Raleigh Public Record, the Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism and Hidden City Philadelphia.

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.

“I could not be more excited to announce this further expansion of our nonprofit network,” said INN CEO Kevin Davis. “The diversity of our members is a sign of the many ways journalists and publishers are serving communities in innovative and engaging ways.”

Mother Jones, based in San Francisco, California, is an independent news organization founded in 1976 that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting. Speaking on behalf of Mother Jones CEO Madeleine Buckingham and co-editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein, publisher Steve Katz noted that “Powerful, investigative journalism sustained by a business model that balances earned and philanthropic revenue is at the heart of what we do at Mother Jones. We couldn’t be more excited to bring this 37-year history to the Investigative News Network and support its mission of strengthening the field of nonprofit journalism.”

INN also welcomes the Raleigh Public Record, which reports the news of Raleigh, North Carolina. Through its website, the Record fairly and responsibly covers the issues affecting all Raleigh communities, using traditional pen-and-pad reporting as well as audio and visual storytelling. While reporting stories traditional media no longer covers, the Record also tests new ways to convey news and helps train a new generation of journalists.

“It's invaluable to connect with people working on similar models to support news operations,” said Charles Duncan. “Sometimes we toil away here in Raleigh on the daily writing and editing, and forget that we are part of a national conversation working on producing quality public service and investigative journalism. Now we can connect with others around the country doing this kind of work, share best practices and help each other find success and sustainability.”

The Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a global network of journalists who advance the compassionate and ethical coverage of trauma, conflict and social injustice. The Ochberg Society accomplishes its mission by helping journalists understand trauma, increasing global participation and networks to provide support, and increasing awareness of the impact of trauma on journalists. The work done by the Society is a boon to the network of reporters and editors in INN.

Hidden City Philadelphia “pulls back the curtain on the city’s most remarkable places and connects them to new people, functions, and resources.” The organization runs four complementary programs: the web magazine Hidden City Daily, an event service Hidden City Tours & Events, a quadrennial celebration the Hidden City Festival, and ongoing support to the Greater Philadelphia artistic community with Community Services.

“As a non-traditional news site, the Hidden City Daily is out to prove that Internet journalism can be smart, engaging, and thorough and that it can be sustained through a business model that doesn't compromise quality,” said Nathaniel Popkin, co-editor of Hidden City. “We think being part of INN will help us get better at we do and have a broader impact.”

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.