Maine Journalism Nonprofit About To Start Hiring

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has just secured a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, DownEast’s Al Diamon reports.

This means the center will “become a bigger factor in the state’s journalism community,” as Diamon says.

It also means that the nonprofit has the money to hire.

“It allows us to bring somebody on to do development, Web page improvements, produce more content for the Web – things we’d like to do, but don’t have the time to do,” said founder and senior editor John Christie, adding that the nonprofit will also be hiring freelancers.

Christie, a former newspaper publisher, founded the MCPIR in 2009, and was joined by Naomi Schalit a year later. Christie and Schalit, along with interns and j-students, produce all the content on the site.