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Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc

Date Awarded
Grant Period
06/23/11 to 06/22/14
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Knight News Challenge

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  • Columbia, MO

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To engage readers in discussing and crowdsourcing news by allowing them to add their own notes and comments to material collected and displayed by previous Challenge winner DocumentCloud.

A 2009 Knight News Challenge winner, DocumentCloud helps journalists analyze, annotate and publish original source documents. Hundreds of newsrooms are already using the tool. With this grant, DocumentCloud will develop a new feature allowing newsrooms to invite public participation in annotating and commenting on source documents. The tool will help newsrooms involve their readers in the news and improve DocumentCloud as a journalistic tool and investigative reporting resource.

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Project Team

Aaron Pilhofer

Aron Pilhofer is editor of interactive news at The New York Times. His team blends journalism and technology to enhance The Times's reporting online through social media, community and dynamic, data-driven Web applications. He is also cofounder of two news-related nonprofits: and Hacks and Hackers. Pilhofer joined The Times in 2005 as a projects editor on the computer-assisted reporting team. Before joining The Times, he reported for the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware and was on the national training staff of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Mark Horvit became IRE’s executive director in January 2008. A longtime IRE member, Horvit most recently served as projects editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His journalism career includes reporting and editing duties at newspapers in Texas, North Carolina, Missouri and
Florida. Horvit is also an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting.

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