Center for Investigative Reporting

For The California Watch Project

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  • Date Awarded
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    12 Months
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In 2009, the Hewlett, Irvine, and Knight foundations helped seed a new reporting initiative, California Watch. This step launched a new model of journalism, forming California’s largest team of experienced reporters and producers, working in Sacramento and around the state. The California Watch model includes a broad distribution network of traditional and new media outlets to publish its stories and features. A Web portal makes content freely available and aggregates the best reporting from around the state, and innovative tools and resources engage the public. Three years into this initiative, California Watch is seen as a leader for its creativity in collaborations (for example, cost-sharing for a reporter) and innovations in distribution (for example, translating stories into other languages and forging relationships with ethnic media). California Watch would continue its high-impact work with this renewal grant.
About the Grantee
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Grants to this Grantee
for StoryWorks’ Teaching the Constitution Through Theater program  
The Center for Investigative Reporting's Teaching the Constitution Through Theater program at StoryWorks develops transformative educational theater experiences that provide students with the opportunity to examine our country’s civil rights history. The program engages students and educators in experiential learning that inspires deeper reflection and higher-order questions about the historical underpinnings behind contemporary issues, including racial and economic inequality. This grant will allow StoryWorks to expand access to Teaching the Constitution Through Theater to new schools and communities with increased racial and economic diversity. (Strategy: K-12 Teaching and Learning)
for general operating support  
Founded in 1977, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) was the first nonprofit organization in the nation devoted to independent, high-quality investigative journalism. In 2012, CIR merged with The Bay Citizen, a Bay Area member-supported news organization that promotes journalistic innovation and citizen engagement. Today, CIR is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative reporting organization in the country, developing in-depth local, regional, national, and international stories. It is also the only nonprofit journalism organization nationwide with the in-house ability to fully produce stories on multiple platforms: print/text, video, radio, interactive databases, and social media. In prior years, Hewlett Foundation funding for CIR focused on its California Watch program, which the Foundation helped to seed in 2009. This grant would constitute CIR’s first general operating support from the Foundation, enabling work beyond California Watch.

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