FAQ for Newsrooms

How can a news organization apply for investigative editing help? After reading this FAQ, apply here to pitch your project idea and detail your newsroom’s ability to carry out the project in terms of reporter(s) and other staffers.

What type of newsroom is eligible? The news organization must be local. It can be of any size. The editors and producers can work across all platforms: print/digital/television/radio.

Is there any cost to the newsroom? There is no cost to the newsroom.  If you are selected for a second or third project, your newsroom may be asked to cover half or more of the editor’s stipend and travel expenses. 

Who pays for the stipend and editor/producer’s travel? Investigative Editing Corps is seeking financial support from journalism-focused foundations and others who support its mission. It was launched with funding from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. It is a fiscally sponsored project of Investigative Reporters & Editors, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

When will project work begin? We expect to begin linking editors with newsrooms in January, 2020, and continue on a rolling basis.

How will editors/producers be selected? Investigative editor/producer will be selected based on experience and knowledge in the subject of the investigative project and location.

What would the editor/producer be expected to do?
The participating newsroom specifies the topic for investigation in its application for a Corps editor/producer. As soon as can be arranged, the editor/producer will visit the newsroom to meet with local reporters and editors. After the initial visit, the editor will conduct weekly Zoom or Skype meetings to discuss the reporting progress and next steps. The editor will stay in touch with the newsroom leader to update the project and coordinate publication or airing.

Is this program open to multimedia and broadcasting investigative producers? Yes. Investigative Editing Corps welcomes editors/producers who can work in print/digital/television/radio.