Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nonprofit to Start Investigative Journalism Site

According to this blog post from The New York Times, The Center for Public Integrity is planning to launch an investigative journalism web site on April 12th.  The site, called iWatch News, will be updated every day with 10 to 12 articles as well as content from other sources.  The site will focus on a wide variety of topics, including politics, money, government accountability, national security, and more.

The content for iWatch News will be mainly written by The Center's 37 writers and editors, but they will also be working with the Investigative News Network and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. 

The site will be free, but have ads.  If users do not want to see these ads, they will have the option to subscribe to a version of the site on tablets and smartphones that have no ads, but this version will cost $50 a month. 

“We want to be a model to show journalism, if it’s good, it can be paid for,” said William E. Buzenberg, the executive director of the center. “Clearly we need some earned revenue.”

The Center for Public Integrity is a non-partisan nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC.  It was already well known for it's investigative content, so iWatch News will only help further cement the organization's reputation in this field, assuming the site is a success.

Read more about iWatch News at The New York Times Blog.

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