The JJIE.org is the newest member of the Investigative News Network, a consortium of more than 60 non-profit newsrooms in North America.
“We are excited about having JJIE and Kennesaw State University as part of the network,” Kevin Davis the CEO and Executive Director of the INN said in a press release. “Juvenile justice issues are chronically underreported by the mainstream media and we are delighted to help bring high quality and persistent coverage of this important area.”
The INN counts among its members the Washington, D.C.- based Center for Public Integrity, National Public Radio, OpenScerets.org and the Alicia Patterson Foundation, New York-based ProPublica, the Berkeley, Calif.-based Center for Investigative Reporting and Minneapolis-based MinnPost.com to name a few.
The stated mission of the Los Angeles-based INN is to help member “non-profit news organizations produce and distribute stories with the highest impact possible, and to become sustainable nonprofit organizations.”
“Joining the INN collaboration is a logical step in the JJIE.org’s movement into a national news organization covering youth justice issues,” said JJIE.org Executive Director Leonard Witt, who calls juvenile justice the civil rights issue of our time.
Being a member of INN provides advantages for the JJIE because it allows members to share resources and stories, Witt explained. Although based in Atlanta, the JJIE strives to cover aspects of juvenile justice in all parts of the country. Partnering with other members can help to bring about stronger, more comprehensive stories on juvenile justice issues, he said.
“Of course, we will be exchanging stories with INN organizations coast to coast and editor John Fleming is planning cooperative reporting and investigative journalism projects with interested INN members,” Witt added. “We are confident everyone will prosper by this relationship.”
The JJIE is a division the Center for Sustainable Journalism housed at Kennesaw State University. Located just outside of Atlanta with 22,000 students, it is Georgia’s third largest university. The Center is made possible thanks to a sustainable gift from the Harnisch Foundation.