In response to the downsizing of California newsrooms, as well as the economic crises facing the state, the Center for Investigative Reporting is launching a new reporting initiative on issues of crucial importance to California and its future.
The initiative will be supported by a range of sources, including major grants from The James Irvine Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. With a team of experienced journalists at its core, it will produce in-depth, high-impact investigative reporting in multimedia formats on issues ranging from education to the economic crisis, to immigration, public safety and the environment. We will place a major emphasis on solution-oriented reporting intended to have an impact on the quality of life for Californians and the communities where they live.
This new venture will combine the experience and resources of CIR, the oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organization in the country, and the talents and resources of the California Media Collaborative, based at the Commonwealth Club of California, established in 2007 to devise strategies to improve coverage of key statewide issues. It will embrace four central principles:
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