A new project launched Thursday wants to fill a growing gap in local newsrooms — investigative journalism.
Rose Ciotta, IECorps founder and a Pulitzer-winning investigative editor, thinks the push to rebuild the work with reporters is critical, “but we can’t forget about this element as well,” she said. “…I think anybody who has worked on an investigative project knows that the editor plays a very important role of leading, of keeping the project on track and of driving it home.”
Ciotta piloted IECorps last year in two newsrooms — the Olean (New York) Times Herald and the Beaver County (Pennsylvania) Times. The Pennsylvania paper created a multimedia series on the impact of the opioid crisis. The New York paper produced an investigation on the city’s broken rental housing program, which won a prize from the state press association.
Now, Ciotta is looking for editors willing to work with local journalists and newsrooms that need those editors. She’s starting by collecting names and information from editors with this form and newsrooms with this one.
Ciotta, who is using the forms to gauge interest, is searching for funding to launch the project and plans to pay the editors a stipend “in the thousands of dollars but not a humongous number,” she said, “and it really will depend on the size of the project.
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/miss-editing-investigative-projects-sign-here