June 30, 2016

GIJN launches as independent nonprofit

JUNE 30, 2016 - The Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) is pleased to recognize the launch of the Global Investigative Journalism Network as an independent nonprofit news organization.

GIJN became a sponsored program of INN in 2013, one of 20 news organizations that INN has helped incubate in its mission to build and strengthen nonprofit news and increase access to public service news in underserved communities.

Since then, GIJN’s membership has doubled in size, to 138 organizations, and it received Internal Revenue Service confirmation of its own 501(c)3 status in late 2015. It will begin fully operating as an independent organization July 1.

“The movement toward nonprofit news is as critical globally as it is in the U.S. to supporting strong, independent news coverage. It helps people have a say in their democracies and improve their lives in communities worldwide,” said INN Executive Director & CEO Sue Cross. “GIJN’s leaders should be tremendously proud of what they have built to support investigative journalism on a global scale.”

“GIJN’s global community is grateful indeed for the invaluable support and services rendered by INN as we launched this ambitious effort to strengthen investigative journalism around the world,” noted GIJN Executive Director David E. Kaplan. “Thanks to INN’s support, our work is now reaching thousands of journalists in more than 100 countries.”

INN functions as an innovation network supporting and advancing nonprofit news in the public interest. Since its founding in 2009, INN has grown to a collective of some 120 news organizations, from investigative reporting studios to newsrooms providing accountability journalism and community engagement. INN helps these nonprofit newsrooms bring investigative and civic news to more communities, hold the powerful accountable and build democratic participation. More information can be found at https://inn.org.

GIJN is an international association of nonprofit organizations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism. With 138 member groups in 62 countries and tens of thousands of followers worldwide, GIJN builds and strengthens the global infrastructure supporting investigative journalism by holding conferences and workshops and providing state-of-the-art tools and intensive networking. GIJN co-hosts the biennial Global Investigative Journalism Conference and is currently organizing the second Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, to be held Sept. 22-25 in Kathmandu, Nepal.