Today is a banner day for I-News.
I’m thrilled to announce that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has chosen to fund I-News!
Knight Foundation is giving I-News more than $300,000 over the next two years to help us boost in-depth news for print, broadcast and electronic media sources throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
Having the support of the nation’s largest journalism funder is an honor. I’m humbled by this decision.And I’m inspired by what is coming next for I-News. Because of this grant, I-News can bring two outstanding journalists onto our staff:
- Burt Hubbard is our new editorial director. Burt is a data-analyzing machine and a trainer-extraordinaire. Whether it’s distilling Census data to show how our communities are changing, or teaching citizens across Colorado to dig into the public records of their own communities, Burt is a master.
- Joe Mahoney is our new multimedia director. Joe has won two Putlizers and an Emmy Award for his visual journalism. He’s also has substantial web experience and, well, is a perfectionist. Which means I-News’ multimedia offerings will be top-notch every time. Joe also is an experienced trainer, so he can spread his knowledge to newsrooms and citizens alike.
The skills both Burt and Joe have are essential to I-News fulfilling its mission: To immediately and dramatically increase the the amount of in-depth news available to all Coloradans and to increase civic engagement by giving citizens the tools and information they need to inquire and communicate about their communities.
Having worked with both of these journalists before, I can tell you that they’re all-around good guys who care about Colorado and the people who live here. As I’ve said before: I-News doesn’t compete with other news sources, we boost their reporting power. Today, the boost got even bigger.[
The official press release explains how the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County – among the earliest enthusiasts of I-News – will be administering the grant. (Thank you again, Community Foundation!) And you can see what one of our media partners said about I-News (one of the nicest compliments we’ve ever received) and what Knight Foundation president and CEO Alberto Ibargüen said about news, democracy and the Community Foundation.
And stay tuned here to the I-News blog, where we’ll be keeping you up-to-date on our progress.
Tomorrow, I’ll tell you the story behind the grant!