the kdmcinfo weblog

News Start-Up Run by Alums Profiled in CJR

The Columbia Journalism Review published a profile of the accomplishments of InvestigateWest's first year of operation. The CJR article commends the Seattle-based investigative news site, co-founded by KDMC@Berkeley workshop graduates Rita Hibbard (Dec '09) Robert McClure (Jan '10) and Kristen Young (Jun '10), for establishing respectability and esteem from news partners in the region. Rita Hibbard is also an alum of KDMC@USC’s news entrepreneurship bootcamp and a fellow at its leadership institute workshop.

The independent, non-profit InvestigateWest has partnered and placed several in-depth health, environmental and investigative news stories with MSNBC.com, The Seattle Times, the PBS affiliate TV station KCTS 9, the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review , KUOW-FM radio and the seattlepi.com, the news company each of the alums worked for prior to launching InvestigateWest.

The CJR story details the fine line, shifting priorities and focus the organization has negotiated along its path toward developing a new model for supporting investigative and narrative journalism.

Salute to the InvestigateWest team!