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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

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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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: August 14, 2014.
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