New Knight Grant Accelerates Digital Transformation Of Investigative Reporting Leader, Center for Public Integrity

Washington, D.C. – Oct. 7, 2010 – The Center for Public Integrity, a 20-year leader in nonprofit investigative journalism, will speed its transformation into a 21st century news organization with a new $1.7 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The grant will enable the center’s non-partisan, award-winning watchdog journalism to engage national and international audiences more effectively using all forms of digital media. Specifically, the grant will allow the center to:

  • Hire a chief digital officer to develop a new digital strategy aimed at increasing the impact of the center’s journalism and increase the center’s impact
  • Develop new ways to engage the center’s audience in selecting, producing and delivering stories, including through a redesigned website
  • Launch the Ujima Project, an open source computer-assisted reporting tool for investigative reporters internationally
  • Help produce at least 30 new major reporting projects over the next two years
  • Experiment with new fund-raising models and for-profit revenue streams.

The center has named John Solomon, an award-winning journalist who led investigative teams at the Associated Press and the Washington Post, as its new chief digital officer.

“The center is now poised to deliver its brand of investigative journalism faster and better than ever before while creating new revenue streams for additional investigative staffing and sustainability,” said Executive Director Bill Buzenberg.

The grant is part of Knight Foundation’s Investigative Reporting Initiative, a $15 million effort to help develop new models for investigative reporting on digital platforms.

“America needs investigative journalism, and investigative journalism needs new funding sources,” said Eric Newton, Knight Foundation’s vice president for journalism. “The Center for Public Integrity will use digital technology to turn those needs into an opportunity to show what can be done.”

So far this year, the center has produced more than 350 stories on the environment, public health, public accountability, federal and state lobbying, military spending and financial disclosure.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.