The First Amendment is under attack in many ways, both subtle and not: book bannings, libel suits against the press, attempts to undermine the FOIA, and unusually thorough IRS investigations of news outlets critical of the government.
A proposed housing development in eastern Contra Costa County is so close to a chemical factory that even the manager of the plant urged the Planning Commission not to rezone the land and permit the houses to be built there.
A government document reveals some surprising facts about the extent of espionage activities be federal agencies, the US intelligence budget is growing even faster than the Pentagon's, and the largest amount of espionage is conducted by the military.
At CIR, we believe journalism that moves citizens to action is an essential pillar of democracy. For more than three decades, CIR has relentlessly pursued and uncovered injustices that otherwise would be hidden from the public eye. Today, we are upholding this legacy and looking forward, working at the forefront of journalistic innovation to produce important stories that make a difference and engage our audiences across the aisle, coast to coast, and worldwide. What drives our work isn't profit – it's impact.
As you know, hard-hitting reporting takes time and nerve – and, of course, citizen support. Every day, our reporters go up against powerful financial, political and bureaucratic forces. They uncover secrets that would otherwise be left untold, exposing injustices so our lives can be better.
But impact, change and progress are achieved only when citizens take action.
One website. One brand. One newsroom. We are now The Center for Investigative Reporting – and only The Center for Investigative Reporting. Although it was tough to cut loose our local and statewide brand names, our commitment to public service journalism remains as strong as ever. And our growth continues.
So how will these branding changes affect our story selection and the scope of our reporting?