December 22, 2014

Wisconsin Newspaper Association awards $10,000 grant to Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism to support production of award-winning investigative reporting and training of current and future generations of investigative journalists.

“The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is an asset to the Wisconsin newspaper industry and the general public,” said Beth Bennett, the association’s executive director.

“WCIJ’s valuable investigations tackle projects that many small newsroom staffs are incapable of delving into due to time constraints. WCIJ continues to bolster state newspapers by frequently offering in-depth stories and series at no cost.”

The Center’s reports are published at WisconsinWatch.org and are shared for free with news organizations. Since its launch in 2009, the Center has produced more than 165 major reports and 165 Money & Politics columns that have been used by more than 230 news organizations, reaching an estimated audience of more than 35 million people.

“This substantial support from Wisconsin’s newspaper industry dramatizes its commitment to truth-telling and the education of current and future investigative journalists,” said Andy Hall, founder and executive director of the Center.

“Residents of communities throughout Wisconsin will benefit from the generosity of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, as the Center’s journalists, often working in collaboration with newspapers, dig into critical issues and potential solutions.”

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a nonpartisan and nonprofit news organization funded by contributions from foundations, individuals and corporations. It is based in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, employing paid student interns and collaborating with students and faculty on investigative projects and training. The Center also collaborates with Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and other news organizations nationwide.

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association was established in 1853 and supports the newspaper industry while protecting basic freedoms of press, speech and the free flow of information. It serves 223 member newspapers — 31 dailies and 192 weeklies. Its foundation solicits, manages and disburses funds for the benefit of Wisconsin’s newspaper industry and residents of the state.