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necir-bu.org
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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.

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Dec. 20, 2010 / Michael Morisy
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Dec. 20, 2010 / Justin Ellis
The changing of the gatekeeper: Adapting to the new roles for journalists, sources and information — We're continuing our recaps of the Secrecy and Journalism in the New Media Age conference that took place at the Nieman Foundation on Thursday with the second panel discussion — entitled "Whither the Gatekeeper? Navig...
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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: October 31, 2013.
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