A new report in Columbia Journalism Review explores the operations of nonprofit investigative newsrooms, including the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

While “The New Investigators” are producing high-quality investigative journalism and are developing new models for collaboration, doubts remain about their economic viability.

“The overwhelming question faced by each organization is how to build multiple, stable sources of funding while maintaining journalistic integrity,” according to the report by Jill Drew, a fellow at CJR and a former associate editor at The Washington Post. “It’s way too soon to know what those answers will be, except to say that there likely will not be a one-size-fits-all solution.”

Included is a chart summarizing key facts about nonprofit investigative centers, whose annual budgets range from $10 million to $160,000.

Andy Hall

Andy Hall is co-founder and executive director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Since the Center’s launch in 2009, he has overseen the Center’s journalistic and financial operations. Previously he spent more than 26 years working at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Arizona Republic and has won dozens of awards for his reporting, including a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism and a national award from the Education Writers Association. Hall is a former Investigative Reporters and Editors board member, and current IRE member. He is based in Madison, Wisconsin. He can be reached at ahall@wisconsinwatch.org