What's the future of investigative journalism funding?

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jason Alcorn of American Journalism Project; Monika Bauerlein of Mother Jones; Sue Cross of Institute for Nonprofit News; Jennifer Preston of Knight Foundation; Ray Rivera of The Seattle Times
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 11:30am
  • Location: David Mitzner
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Everyone agrees on the value of investigative journalism, but how do you pay for it? Innovative approaches, new models and experiments offer some hope on the horizon. Learn about what's working, what has potential and what might emerge through creative collaboration.

Speaker Bios

  • Jason Alcorn is VP of operations for the American Journalism Project, the first venture philanthropy organization for local news. He is also the project director for NewsMatch. Jason previously served as associate director of the nonprofit investigative newsroom InvestigateWest and was an IRE award finalist in 2014. @jasonalcorn

  • Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones, the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Magazine of the Year. Previously, she served as co-editor with Clara Jeffery, who is now editor-in-chief. Together, they have spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by tenfold growth in audience and newsroom staff and signature investigations on beats such as political corruption, climate, and criminal justice. @MonikaBauerlein

  • Sue Cross is executive director and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a growing network of more than 200 investigative and public service news media across the U.S. that are strengthening the sources of trusted news for thousands of communities. Cross previously was a senior vice president for the Associated Press global news agency, a consultant on building revenue to support nonprofit missions and an award-winning journalist.  She is based in Los Angeles.

  • Jennifer Preston is vice president for journalism at Knight Foundation, providing funding for projects supporting local news and diversity, and advancing the First Amendment and the future of journalism. Before joining Knight in 2014, Preston was an award-winning journalist for The New York Times and the newsroom’s first social media editor. She previously worked at New York Newsday and the Philadelphia Daily News. @jenniferpreston

  • Ray Rivera is Managing Editor at The Seattle Times. He is a former staff reporter for The New York Times and The Washington Post and was the executive editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican.  He is also the founder and chairman of Searchlight New Mexico, a nonprofit news organization. He lives in Seattle with his wife and three children. 

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