Major grant boosts in-depth journalism for newsrooms across Colorado

DENVER – I-News, the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network, announced today that it will use a two-year, $305,500 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to deliver in-depth investigative reports to newsrooms across the state.

I-News is a nonprofit news collaborative that produces multimedia reports on issues of public concern.

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It distributes those reports to print, broadcast, and electronic media throughout Colorado. Knight Foundation is the nation’s leading journalism funder.

Amid the current crisis in American journalism, I-News was created to immediately and dramatically increase the amount of in-depth news available to all Coloradans. I-News journalists have expertise in data analysis and public records research – plus decades of experience in teaching others those skills. As a result, I-News also helps boost the power of Colorado newsrooms by offering advanced training to journalists. And I-News helps increase civic engagement through special events that give citizens the tools and information they need to inquire and communicate about their communities.

“I-News has helped generate a sense of optimism about the future of journalism, something that has been in rare supply of late,” said Bob Moore, executive editor of the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

I-News is receiving the grant as part of Knight Foundation’s Community Information Challenge, which helps community and place-based foundations support news and information projects that inform and engage residents . The grant is administered by the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.

“The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County and others are at the frontline of an increasing movement of place-based foundations to improve the information health of America’s communities,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of Knight Foundation. “Their work helps residents have the information they need to make important decisions about their communities. Ultimately, our democracy will only thrive if we have informed and engaged communities.”

I-News is using the grant to hire two extraordinary journalists:

Burt Hubbard, editorial director, is well-known in the journalism world for his data analysis skills. His numerous journalism awards include Reporter of the Year in Colorado. He has led research symposiums for journalists and citizens throughout the state. He formerly worked for the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post.

Joe Mahoney, multimedia director, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Emmy-winning documentary producer and Web designer. He has led multimedia training for national media organizations, educators, the military and nonprofits.


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.

Contacts:
Laura Frank, I-News executive director. 303-619-5275 (Contact Laura Frank via email)
Josie Heath, President, The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. 303-442-0436

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