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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 was staffed as of 2012 by four full-time employees, along with the involvement of BU professors and students. As of 2012, it was receiving $340,000 per year from non-foundation sources, just less than half of its total funding.
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.
Demand Media, founded in 2006, is an online media company that quickly grew to prominence by algorithmically assigning and publishing stories based on user-demand signals, such as search and social media trends. It typically pays authors a low sum of money for these posts, often about $15 per contribution, and assigns posts only when it believes…