When the calendar turns over into the new year, The Huffington Post Investigative Fund will merge with The Center for Public Integrity to establish one of the nation’s largest investigative newsrooms. On Jan. 1, 2011, the two organizations will combine their staffs, raising the total number of journalists at the Center for Public Integrity to over 50.
According to HuffPo’s press release, the partnership will form a well-rounded editorial team of “award-winning journalists, computer-aided reporting experts, and digital media producers.” HuffPo’s editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington revealed her motives for the merger:
“When we launched the Huffington Post Investigative Fund a year and a half ago, we set out to build a hybrid model for the future of investigative journalism – aligning a nonprofit journalism center with a large publishing platform. It exceeds all our expectations that we are so quickly able to scale up our small investigative fund by merging with a powerhouse like the Center. Too often, important stories are only covered after things go bad, as happened with the war in Iraq and the economic crisis. We need more stories uncovered before disaster strikes. I believe this partnership will help with this great project of uncovering.”
In addition to providing funding for this project, The Huffington Post has agreed to publish up to three of the Center’s stories each day. These posts will be found in a section on the site designated for investigative reporting.
HuffPo’s Investigative Fund employees joining The Center for Public Integrity include: Editor Keith Epstein, Executive Director Nick Penniman, and reporters Ben Protess, David Heath, Fred Schulte, Emma Schwartz, and health care analyst Wendell Potter.