June 27, 2011

Oklahoma Watch Joins INN

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Oklahoma Watch is pleased to announce it has been accepted for membership into the Investigative News Network, a growing consortium of award-winning watchdog journalistic organizations serving the public interest to benefit our free society throughout North America.

“We are very pleased to welcome Oklahoma Watch to the Network,” said Kevin Davis, CEO and executive director of INN. “Oklahoma Watch represents a new breed of news organization that is not for profit, targeted on serving the information needs of the public in a key region and collaborates to produce journalism of the highest quality.”

INN’s members produce nonpartisan investigative and public service journalism on a local, regional and national basis. Its 53 members create long-form and ongoing stories that keep communities informed on the issues they most care about. For more information, go to www.investigativenewsnetwork.org.

“We are excited about the opportunity to be associated with INN and its partners as we reaffirm the role in-depth reporting and investigative journalism plays in Oklahoma and across the nation,” Tom Lindley, Oklahoma Watch editor, said. “It is our belief that an informed citizenry and public accountability help democracy flourish, and this is another step in that direction.”

Oklahoma Watch is an independent, non-profit reporting team that has forged a unique collaboration with news organizations and higher education in Oklahoma to produce multi-media content that focuses on critical state issues. Oklahoma Watch’s principal funders are the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation of Oklahoma City, the Tulsa Community Foundation and the Knight Foundation.

Its current topics include “Women in Prison: Why Oklahoma leads the nation,” “Tax Breaks and Their Consequences” and “Immigration, Jobs and Citizenship.” Since its formation in November of 2010, Oklahoma Watch and its media partners have produced more than 40 stories and videos examining the costs to taxpayers, the burden the criminal justice system places on children of incarcerated parents, the particularly long prison sentences handed out to non-violent female offenders and the lack of alternative sentencing measures.

Oklahoma Watch’s media partners include The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, the Oklahoma Press Association, Griffin Communications, the Journal-Record, OETA- the Oklahoma Network and the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange.

The Investigative News Network (INN) is dedicated to helping our member non-profit news organizations produce and distribute stories with the highest impact possible, and to become sustainable nonprofit [organizations. Its aim is to provide support for its members, by incubating and fostering new non-profit newsrooms, providing opportunities for editorial collaboration and creating distribution channels to reach the widest audience possible.

Thomson Reuters recently INN’s long-form investigative journalism to its media platform as part of its mission to create a one-stop news shop for publishers and broadcasters globally.

“Publishers are telling us investigative news is extremely valuable, but seems to be the first thing cut when resources get tight,” said Chris Ahearn, president of Media for Thomson Reuters. “The new relationship with INN is another step towards addressing the market’s need and providing our clients with stories they won’t find anywhere else.”