Center for Investigative Journalism (USA)
Formed in 1977 by Lowell Bergman, David Weir and Dan Noyes as a non-profit news organization aimed at Californian issues, the Center for Investigative Journalism strives today to prod legislative and policy reforms at all levels of government in the United States. The Bay Citizen, a separate entity that merged with the center in 2012, continues to focus on local issues. The center's reporters especially seek out social injustices suffering from inadequate media coverage, and their reports have appeared in radio, television, print and other media venues at commercial entities such as the American Broadcasting Company, Stars and Stripes, YouTube and many others. A particular goal for the center has been participatory inclusion of all stakeholders in an investigation.
After the newly formed news group made its first splash in 1978 by reporting on the devolution of the Black Panther Party into an ordinary criminal gang, it went on to gather a growing portfolio of journalism awards, including the National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence 1979, for its reporting on defective wheelchairs, pesticide residues in imported food and the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 2011, the center's California Watch project sparked legislative action with its reporting on earthquake vulnerabilities in the state's public schools.
Funding for the center relies on periodic contributions from individuals and from private foundations such as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which in 2012 donated $800,000 to support a new reporting channel on Google's YouTube video service.
Visit the CIR here: http://cironline.org.
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