What happens to the crucial public media role of watchdogging the powerful as newspapers die? Nonprofits have poured funding into hard-hitting investigative reporting, through The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Center for Public Integrity, ProPublica and now the brand-new Investigative Reporting Workshop (part of American University's School of Communication). Now, the Associated Press--the nation's news lifeline--has agreed to carry these organizations' work. There couldn't be a more powerful stamp of approval for nonprofit news.
Read AP's press release here.
Also, interesting to note J-Lab's new report New Media Makers--A Toolkit for innovators in Community Media and Grant Making will give you more details on these four organizations' funding streams and current projects.