Merger between International and Local News Entities Creates Largest U.S. Investigative Reporting Nonprofit

The Center for Investigative Reporting, the nation’s oldest, independent nonprofit focused on investigative journalism—and The Bay Citizen—a more recently-formed, entrepreneurial, web-based nonprofit focused on local coverage—merged in April 2012 to form the nation’s largest nonprofit organization devoted to investigative and accountability reporting, employing one of the largest data and technology teams in journalism.  The merger enabled CIR to obtain a strong presence in local news, which has led to expanded reporting by CIR’s award-winning broadcast/podcast program, Reveal. The Lodestar Foundation provided funding for a consultant to develop a plan to successfully integrate their systems and organizational cultures upon merging their operations and for one-time costs associated with implementing the merger.

Grant Information

Grant Amount: $52,500

Year Granted: 2012

Grantee: The Bay Citizen

Location: National

Grantee Website: The Bay Citizen