Brett Family Foundation grant to I-News

Brett Family FoundationAt the end of 2010, a check arrived in the I-News mailbox. This is always big news, no matter how big the check. This one was an unsolicited grant of $2,500 from the Brett Family Foundation in Boulder.

Today, another check arrived from Brett. This time for $5,000.

We like this trend!

Brett Family Foundation co-founder Linda Shoemaker is a former weekly newspaper publisher. When I met with her recently, she talked about the value of nonpartisan, in-depth journalism in Colorado.

She said she particularly liked how I-News helps other news organizations turn complex information into compelling journalism by focusing on those stories that require extra time and technical skills. And she liked our focus on helping train the next generation of investigative reporters.

I-News produces the kind of journalism that’s highlighted by the authors of a book Linda recommended. It’s called Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload by longtime journalists Bill Kovach (former New York Times bureau chief in Washington, then editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and Tom Rosenstiel (former cheif congressional correspondent for Newsweek who founded the Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center).

I read it over the weekend, and recommend it, too.

Kovach and Rosenstiel call our kind of journalism “The Journalism of Verification.” It’s the kind of journalism that is deeply researched and verified. It’s the kind that has direct impact on our lives. It investigates, researches and documents complex topics with a completely open mind – and complete transparency.

Our kind of journalism is, indeed, complex and time-consuming. It’s also costly.

So thank you to the Brett Family Foundation – and our other funders – for helping sustain this complex, evidence-based reporting in news media across Colorado through the I-News Network.

If you’d like to make a donation to I-News, please follow this link: Donate.

– Laura Frank

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