The Center for Public Integrity announced yesterday, May 3rd - through a press release published by Poynter's Jim Romenesko - the launch of iWatch News, a new website dedicated to investigative and accountability reporting.
As the New York Times previously reported, the site will publish daily 10 to 12 original investigative pieces and aggregated content from other sources.
According to the announcement, the focus of the in-depth investigative stories will be on money and politics, government waste, fraud and abuse, the environment, financial reform, health care, international investigations, national security and state government accountability.
The site will be run by a team of 37 writers and editors as well as contributions from freelancers. It will also produce and distribute content by continuing partnering with other media organizations such as NPR, The New York Times and the Huffington Post, whose investigative team has been collaborating with the Center for Public Integrity since last year.
The NYT also reported that the center will team up with the Investigative News Network and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to produce reporting.
Very important will be of course to find an effective way to be sustainable, as total financial independence is considered fundamental. The site will be free and, as the NYT reported, will experiment with new revenue models through advertising. Readers who do not want to see ads will be able to subscribe to an ad-less digital edition for table computers and smartphones by paying $50 for a yearly membership.
Beside these new revenues, the center will continue to receive money from philanthropic organizations and individual donors (the $50 per year subscription will count as a tax-deductible donation).
Last year - the article reported - CPI won a $1.7 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the completion of a digital newsroom and an additional $250,000 grant to support the merger with the Huffington Post Investigative Fund.
You can read more about how the Center for Public Integrity is funded here.
"We want to be a model to show journalism, if it's good, it can be paid for", said William E. Busenberg, the executive director of the center, quoted by the NYT.
Non-profit watchdog journalism has seen its coronation moment due to the recent Pulitzer Price won by non-profit news outlet ProPublica.
In-depth investigative journalism is gaining importance even more these days, and traditional news media have started effective partnerships with some of these non-profit centres.