CIR Launching YouTube Channel For Investigative News Video

The Center for Investigative Reporting will soon have a new way of sharing watchdog journalism with the masses: An investigative YouTube Channel.

The organization announced today that, in partnership with the Investigative News Network, it will use $800,000 from the Knight Foundation to create a channel that will feature video from contributors like NPR, ABC News, The New York Times, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Center for Public Integrity, American University Investigative Workshop, Independent Television Service and, of course, its own video.

According to a press release, CIR also plans to take submissions from freelance journalists and independent filmmakers.

Social media is a key element of the new project, which CIR and INN will use to engage an audience and promote the journalism. 

“This collaboration is poised to bring investigative reporting authoritatively onto the social web,” said Michael Maness, vice president for media innovation and journalism at Knight Foundation, in a press release. “We hope it will engage audiences and expand public appetite for visual story telling.”

Robert J. Rosenthal, executive director of CIR said in the same press release, “One of the goals of this partnership will be to raise the profile and visibility of high impact story telling through video. We hope this initiative generates revenue that supports the work of nonprofit organizations and independent filmmakers everywhere. Collaborative efforts like this are no longer the future of journalism, they are today’s reality.”

The YouTube channel will launch in July 2012.