Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Score one for investigative journalism

Posted By on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 12:26 PM

If investigative journalism is your cup of tea, you'll be thrilled to learn that a $305,000 grant has been awarded to I-News, an online service in Colorado.

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Here's more about I-News from its website:

I-News is part of a growing number of nonprofit news centers nationwide. While you’ll find independent, in-depth, investigative news here, our aim is to deliver the news where you already look for it: Your local newspaper, radio, TV and digital device.

In the meantime, you can read more here about how we got started. We’d love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and questions.

You might have noticed some changes in your local news sources recently. Newsrooms across Colorado are half the size they were just a few years ago. Often, there are only enough reporters left to meet the daily demands of a morning newspaper, evening newscast, or to-the-minute web updates.

That can leave literally no one to dig deeper into matters of public interest. The newsrooms face the gut-wrenching choices of which stories they have to ignore, while knowing there are even more stories that remain undiscovered.

I-News, the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network, was created to help fill this void.

I-News does not take audience away from existing media. Instead, it leverages those audiences and the special skills of the I-News team to deliver more investigative reporting to more citizens than ever before.

The I-News reports are distributed to a state-wide audience through the print, broadcast, online and mobile platforms of public television, public radio, newspapers, and ethnic media.

I-News is a not-for-profit corporation developing as a very small team of highly-skilled, highly-efficient reporters with proven investigative skills. Our focus is high-impact, investigative journalism with an emphasis on data analysis, statistical analysis, data visualization and public records research. These are skills most newsrooms currently lack. However, these are skills that are urgently needed to produce policy-changing, public-interest journalism.

With the partnerships I-News is developing, important investigative reporting can be distributed across the region. I-News also is helping train the next generation of investigative reporters and create the future of news at the University of Colorado.

You can join in, too. What do you think are the most important issues facing this region? What stories need to be told?

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