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In 2009, journalists from 27 nonpartisan, nonprofit news organizations gathered at the Pocantico Center in New York to plan the future of investigative journalism. The result of that meeting, the Pocantico Declaration, established the Investigative News Network (now named the Institute for Nonprofit News) and laid a foundation of collaboration among a new collective of nonprofit newsrooms dedicated to serving the public interest.

We, representatives of nonprofit news organizations, gather at a time when investigative reporting, so crucial to a functioning democracy, is under threat. There is an urgent need to nourish and sustain the emerging investigative journalism ecosystem to better serve the public.

— The Pocantico Declaration

In 2015 Sue Cross joined INN as executive director to build its emerging media network and advance social enterprise models for investigative and other public service journalism. Today, INN has grown to more than 300 nonprofit media organizations. Together, we’ve managed to increase the reach and impact of our members’ work as they seek to inform communities, hold the powerful accountable and help keep our democracy free.

For year-over-year data on the expanding nonprofit news field, see our recurring INN Index

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