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The Investigative News Network is a nonprofit collaborative organization made up of more than 90 nonprofit investigative journalism outlets.

The network was founded by 25 nonprofit news organizations at a summer 2009 conference organized by The Center for Public Integrity and The Center for Investigative Reporting. Those two organizations, along with the Investigative Reporting Workshop and ProPublica, had previously initiated a six-month collaborative pilot project.

The group was formed as a way for nonprofit investigative outlets to collaborate on anything from reporting to administration to fundraising. It was granted nonprofit 501(c)(3) status in March 2012 and began funding new investigative projects in 2013. It began doing paid consulting work in 2014, often web development through its CMS called Largo, based on the open-source Argo framework built by NPR.

In February 2010, it released its first collaborative report, on sexual assaults on college campuses. In June 2010, the network received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Knight Foundation and hired its first CEO. It also receives funding from several other foundations, including the McCormick Foundation and the William Penn Foundation, and from Voice of San Diego founder Buzz Woolley. The site excludes members that don’t publicly disclose all donors on their websites.

The network partnered with the Knight Foundation in 2014 to launch the INNovation Fund, with $1 million in Knight funding, to support experimentation in nonprofit journalism.

In May 2011, the network announced a content syndication deal with Thomson Reuters.

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Oct. 15, 2014 / Joshua Benton
Events, a speakers bureau, and education partnerships: 8 projects at news nonprofits get funded — Back in April, we told you about a new grant program that funds small innovation projects at nonprofit news organizations. The INNovation Fund — awkward capitalization courtesy of its home at the Investigative News Net...
Aug. 5, 2014 / Liam Andrew
INN to offer paid tech consulting to members and non-members — Just before making an announcement last week, the Investigative News Network’s Adam Schweigert tweeted: Learning the hard way that it’s better to never give anything away for free, creates way too many false ince...
July 16, 2014 / Justin Ellis
A change in the IRS process for granting tax-exempt status could be a boon to nonprofit news — It took almost a year and a half for nonprofit news site Eye on Ohio to get its tax-exempt status approved by the IRS this spring. Launched in the fall of 2012 by former business reporter Lori Ashyk, the site aims to fol...
June 5, 2014 / Joseph Lichterman
Who gets press passes? A new survey looks at how journalists are being credentialed (or not) — For many, SCOTUSblog is their go-to-source for coverage of the Supreme Court of the United States (hence the acronym). Just look how SCOTUSblog’s traffic spiked when the court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Ac...
April 29, 2014 / Caroline O'Donovan
NewsLynx wants to build tools to better measure the impact of journalism — A new research project over at Columbia’s Tow Center wants to do a better job of determining the real impact news has on the world around us. Former Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellows and current Tow fellows Brian Abe...

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