Investigative Editing Corps links experienced investigative editors with local news organizations that want to do investigative reporting. It was founded in 2017 by Rose Ciotta, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative editor who co-edited “Assault on Learning,” an investigation into violence in the Philadelphia schools that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Since then, the project, with funding support from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, has made it possible for investigative editors to work with six news organizations from North Carolina to California. Editors will also be working with two Report For America journalists. The Report for America pilot project with Investigative Editing Corps aims to have experienced editors mentor emerging journalists in investigative reporting.
Investigative Editing Corps recognizes that investigative reporting requires trained editors and producers who can bring these projects to fruition. It also recognizes that many newsrooms have suffered waves of staff cuts but, at the same time, there are many experienced investigative editors who are eager to help.
This project creates a way for newsrooms to stretch their resources and for editors to work with local reporters and editors to uncover stories important to local communities. The editors will help local newsrooms do stories needed for democracy to survive.