“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.”
In 2009, journalists from more than 20 non-partisan, 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 and laid a foundation of collaboration among high quality newsrooms, all dedicated to serving the public interest.
Today, INN is comprised of more than 60 organizations in North America.
INN’s mission is to help nonprofit news organizations produce and distribute stories with impact; to achieve cost efficiencies by pooling resources and services, and to develop new revenue streams that will help member organizations become sustainable businesses.
INN is dedicated to actively facilitating collaborative projects, both within the membership and including external media partners.
We also offer back office support, to give members the benefits of a larger network of support; technology, to share best practices for publishing and distributing content; and a robust communication network to engage our members, our funders and our audiences. While aiding our active members, we also seek to incubate and foster new nonprofit newsrooms.
The organizations that comprise the network are diverse. Many focus on investigative and public-interest reporting, while others are community-focused in their coverage.
Their newsrooms are composed of reporters, editors and producers that have been recognized with Pulitzer Prizes, Emmys, Peabody awards, DuPont awards and Investigative Reporters and Editors awards.
Their stories have had significant impact by exposing corruption, inspiring legal and policy reforms, and alerting the public to environmental perils, financial scams and faulty products.
Their journalism is delivered in every medium, from text to multimedia, and audio to video.
To be a member of INN an organization must be organized as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It also must be transparent about funding sources and produce non-partisan investigative and public service reporting.
INN thanks its funders and the volunteer efforts of its board and members, without which its work would not be possible.