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The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit news organization based in Washington, D.C., that produces investigative journalism on public-interest issues.

The center was founded by Charles Lewis in 1989, who was its director until 2005. Its staff has fluctuated between 25 to more than 50 throughout the 2000s and 2010s; most recently, it laid off 14 staff members in 2011. It is funded by a variety of grants and donations, including the MacArthur, Park and Ford foundations, as well as the Carnegie Corp, and it also sells its work to various organizations. The center has won numerous awards for its investigative reports, including a Pulitzer Prize in 2014.

The center primarily publishes its own articles and books in print on its website, and it runs a blog on investigative projects. It also collaborates with news organizations like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Financial Times to produce stories that run in those publications. The center has been doing such collaborations for years, though they have increased in recent years.

The center absorbed the Huffington Post Investigative Fund in 2010, around which time it embarked on a new business plan centered on producing its own daily investigative news and dramatically increasing its budget and advertising sales. It launched a new site, iWatch, in early 2011, though its traffic and revenue were lower than expected. It shut down the site and reverted to its original name in August 2012.

The center also runs the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a group of 100 journalists in 50 countries that collaborates on international investigations. The consortium was founded in 1997. In 2013, it received $1.5 million from Australian entrepreneur and Global Mail founder Graeme Wood to improve the consortium.

In 2010, the center began experimenting with crowdfunding investigations through the social micropayment service Kachingle, as well distributing its content through the AP’s non-profit investigative news wire, both to lackluster result. It has also published some works under a Creative Commons license to encourage other outlets to reprint them.

Its board of directors includes Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, former New York Times reporter Jenny 8. Lee and NPR’s Matt Thompson.

Recent Nieman Lab coverage:
July 18, 2014 / Justin Ellis
CIR wants to turn investigative reporting into a weekly public radio show with Reveal — It’s a rare feat for the first episode of a brand new show to win a Peabody. And yet that’s what happened with Reveal, the still new public radio show from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Over the pas...
April 18, 2014 / Mark Coddington
This Week in Review: Making sense of the Pulitzers, and a new daily paper in Los Angeles — Do the Pulitzers still matter?: The Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this week, and they were accompanied by a bit more drama than usual. The big headline was The Guardian and The Washington Post’s shared public servic...
Feb. 13, 2014 / Ken Doctor
The newsonomics of measuring the real impact of news — Hello there! It’s me, your friendly neighborhood Tweet Button. What if you could tap me and unlock a brand new source of funding for startup news sources of all kinds? What if, even better, you the reader could tap...
Aug. 29, 2013 / Ken Doctor
The newsonomics of big and little, from NBC News and GlobalPost to Thunderdome — Ah, the joys of big and of little. In media businesses, little means few if any layers of bothersome decision-making. Agility. Nimbleness. Independence. All great and positive values. But little can also mean limited rea...
July 24, 2013 / Caroline O'Donovan
Journalists and their funders: Whose job is it to measure impact, and how should it be done? — Chuck Lewis didn’t mean to become the Yoda of nonprofit journalism — it just sort of happened that way. He was a reporter for decades before founding his first nonprofit, the Center for Public Integrity, in 1996,...

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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: April 17, 2014.
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