A group of former Seattle Post-Intelligencer editors and reporters today launched Investigate West, a nonprofit that plans to do investigative stories from the environmental, social justice and health beats. To be sure, there is a lot of overlap, especially in the western states they plan to cover.
The new outfit plans to fund itself through a mix of foundation support, content sales and memberships, according to an article on Poynter Online. In the first year, $850,000 of the $1.35 million budget would come from foundations.
So far, Poynter reports, only a $3,000 grant is in hand. "We're not laboring under the illusion that all we have to do is set up shop, start doing great stories and everything will be all right," says Rita Hibbard, the executive director and editor.