The New Journalism Ecosystem


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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Begun Budget
100 ReportersWashington, D.C.22011


Aspen JournalismAspen, Colo.12011


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


Chicago Innocence ProjectChicago, Ill.32011

Not Available

Chicago News CooperativeChicago, Ill.112009

$1.4 million

Chicago TalksChicago, Ill.02006


Christian Science MonitorBoston, Mass.801908

Approximately $10 million

City Limits New York, N.Y.51976


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


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


Investigative NewsourceSan Diego, Calif.2.52009


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


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


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


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


National Security ArchiveWashington, D.C.271985

$3 million

Nation Institute Investigative FundNew York, N.Y.41998


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


Newsdesk.orgSan Francisco, Calif.12002

$10,000 from individual donors

Oakland LocalOakland, Calif.02009


Oklahoma WatchNorman, Okla.32010


ProPublicaNew York, N.Y.422008

$10 million (2010)

San Francisco Public PressSan Francisco, Calif.22009


Spot.usOakland, Calif.32008


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


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


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


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


Voice of San DiegoSan Diego, Calif.142005

$1.1 million (2010)

VTDiggerHardwick, Vt.02009

$187,000 (2011)

Watchdog New EnglandBoston, Mass.22010


Wisconsin Center for Investigative JournalismMadison, Wis.32009

$255,000 (2011) Casper, Wyo.32010

Not available

Youth TodayWashington, D.C.41992


New Economic Models

Investigative News Network

Investigative News Network

This group of more than 20 nonprofit news organizations was formed in July 2009 to organize the best investigative reporting sites out there. Workshop executive editor Charles Lewis, one of the original four board members, announces the group's first CEO, Kevin Davis.

iLab Projects

Can students save journalism?

Can nonprofit organizations and universities save journalism? Are they able to publish quality news and maintain high standards while preparing the next generation? The Workshop's former scholar-in-residence from Norway spent a year studying the issue. See her initial findings about what's working as she heads to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference this week in Lillehammer. 

Reporting on Washington for those outside the Beltway

The decline of local news is highly visible in the nation's capital, where the once-robust tradition of regional reporting — covering the federal government as it pertains to specific regions, states and communities — is now a shadow of its former self. “When I started, regional reporting was very important,” said Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution. “I've watched it, over time, fade away.”