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The New England Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit investigative journalism project based at Boston University, the first such organization that covers local and regional issues.
The Center was founded in 2009 and is funded by the university as well as a $400,000 Knight Foundation grant. The Center is staffed by two full-time reporters and a producer, along with the involvement of BU professors and students. As of 2012, it was receiving $340,000 per year from non-foundation sources.
The Center publishes reports in multiple outlets, with Boston-area media partners including the Boston Globe, New England Cable News, WBUR public radio, and the Christian Science Monitor. The Center also does some contract research work.
The Center’s February 2010 report on sexual assaults on college campuses came under fire for not including statistics from BU.
OpenFile was a user-driven local news site based in Toronto, with affiliates in five other Canadian cities, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa, and Vancouver, and Halifax. OpenFile was founded by Canadian journalist Wilf Dinnick in May 2010. The site relied on users to direct its news coverage, inviting them to start a “file” (the site’s founders chose the term to…