The New Journalism Ecosystem

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The traditional news industry is reeling from shrinking budgets and staff cutbacks, but a new breed of nonprofit media organizations has been growing to fill that void. This list of players in the "new journalism ecosystem" is "an expanding roster profiling the most interesting and credible nonprofit online publishers in the United States," writes Charles Lewis. In a new story, he finds that the "recent momentum of the new nonprofit journalism phenomenon is continuing despite the difficult U.S. economy."


All Organizations

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NameLocationFulltime
Staff
Begun Budget
100 ReportersWashington, D.C.22011

$150,000

Aspen JournalismAspen, Colo.12011

$55,000

Broward BulldogFort Lauderdale, Fla.82009

$25,000 (2010)

California Healthcare Foundation Center for Health ReportingAlhambra, Calif.82009

$1.2 million

Capitol News ConnectionWashington, D.C.62003

$1.1 million (2011)

Center for Investigative ReportingBerkeley, Calif.311977

$5.2 million

Center for Public IntegrityWashington, D.C.521989

$5.2 million (2010)

Center for Responsive PoliticsWashington, D.C.141983

$1,217,718 (2010)

Centro de Periodismo InvestigativoHato Rey, Puerto Rico02007

$36,000

Chicago Innocence ProjectChicago, Ill.32011

Not Available

Chicago News CooperativeChicago, Ill.112009

$1.4 million

Chicago TalksChicago, Ill.02006

$7,000

Christian Science MonitorBoston, Mass.801908

Approximately $10 million

City Limits New York, N.Y.51976

$700,000

Common Language ProjectSeattle, Wash.32005

$85,000 (2009)

Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT)New Haven, Conn.12005

Total 2009 expenses on 990 for Online Journalism Project: $346,427 (C-HIT is listed under the Online Journalism Projects, C-HIT's umbrella organization.)

Consumer ReportsYonkers, N.Y.6001936

$43.1 million

Crosscut.comSeattle, Wash.52007

Not available

Education News ColoradoDenver, Colo.32008

Approximately $500,000

Fair WarningSherman Oaks, Calif.42009

$380,000

Florida Center for Investigative ReportingMiami, Fla.22010

About $150,000

Health News FloridaSt. Petersburg, Fla.62007

Approximately $300,000 (approved by the Board)

High Country NewsPaonia, Colo.201970

$1.8 million

InvestigateNYLarchmont, N.Y.12011

Not available yet

Investigate WestSeattle, Wash.32009

$225,000

Investigative NewsourceSan Diego, Calif.2.52009

$360,000

Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of JournalismBerkeley, Calif.22006

$1,000,000

Investigative Reporting WorkshopWashington, D.C.82008

$1.7 million (2011)

Kaiser Health News (KHN)Washington, D.C.182009

$2.5 million

Maine Center for Public Interest ReportingHallowell, Maine22010

$170,000

Medill Innocence ProjectEvanston, Ill.21999

"Not disclosed"

Medill National Security Journalism InitiativeWashington, D.C.52009

Not available

Michigan News Center Southfield, Mich.22010

"Under development"

Midwest Center for Investigative ReportingPrairie Village, Kan.12010

$20,000

MinnPost.comMinneapolis, Minn.142007

$1.5 million (2011)

Mother JonesSan Francisco, Calif.311976

$9,300,400 (2011)

National Institute on Money in State PoliticsHelena, Mont.201999

$1,500,000

National Security ArchiveWashington, D.C.271985

$3 million

Nation Institute Investigative FundNew York, N.Y.41998

$600,000

New America MediaSan Francisco, Calif.251996

$5.5 million

New England Center for Investigative ReportingBoston, Mass.22009

$350,000 - $400,000

New Haven IndependentNew Haven, Conn.92005

$575,000

Newsdesk.orgSan Francisco, Calif.12002

$10,000 from individual donors

Oakland LocalOakland, Calif.02009

$120,000

Oklahoma WatchNorman, Okla.32010

$225,000

ProPublicaNew York, N.Y.422008

$10 million (2010)

San Francisco Public PressSan Francisco, Calif.22009

$80.000

Spot.usOakland, Calif.32008

$137,737

Stateline.orgWashington, D.C.111999

Approximately $2 million

St. Louis BeaconSt. Louis, Mo.202008

$1 million

Texas WatchdogHouston, Texas62008

Not available

The Alicia Patterson FoundationWashington, D.C.11965

$204,126 (2009)

The American Independent News NetworkWashington, D.C.222006

$2.4 million (2011)

The Austin BulldogAustin, Texas12009

"Raising money for $25,000 challenge grant recieved April 1, 2011; if obtained, total budget will be about $65,000."

The Bay CitizenSan Francisco, Calif.302010

$4 million

The Chicago ReporterChicago, Ill.71972

Not available

The Connecticut MirrorHartford, Conn.72010

$800,000

The Crime Report.orgNew York, N.Y.12009

$749,500 (FY 2010)

The Fund for Investigative JournalismWashington, D.C.01969

$193,000 (2008)

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs JournalismIowa City, Iowa02010

$133,200 (91 percent volunteer service)

The LensNew Orleans, La.42009

Not available

The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR)Columbia, Mo.21989

$1.5 million

The Philadelphia Public School NotebookPhiladelphia, Pa.51994

$625,719

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingWashington, D.C.92006

$1.7 million

The Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network (I-News)Denver, Colo.32009

$200,000 (2010)

The Schuster Institute for Investigative JournalismWaltham, Mass.52004

Not Available

The Texas ObserverAustin, Texas111954

$1 million

The Texas TribuneAustin, Texas292009

$3.6 million (approximate amount raised; budget not available)

Toni Stabile Center for Investigative JournalismNew York, N.Y.12006

$500,000

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)Syracuse, N.Y.61989

$800,000

Voice of San DiegoSan Diego, Calif.142005

$1.1 million (2010)

VTDiggerHardwick, Vt.02009

$187,000 (2011)

Watchdog New EnglandBoston, Mass.22010

$169,200

Wisconsin Center for Investigative JournalismMadison, Wis.32009

$255,000 (2011)

Wyofile.org Casper, Wyo.32010

Not available

Youth TodayWashington, D.C.41992

$850,000



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