The Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley just announced that it will be launching an investigative news channel on YouTube with $800,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The center will curate contributions from NPR, ABC News, the New York Times, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Center for Public Integrity and other members of the Investigative News Network. Submissions from freelance video journalists and independent filmmakers from around the globe may be sought. Launch is targeted for July.
"One of the goals of this partnership will be to raise the profile and visibility of high impact story telling through video," says executive director Robert J. Rosenthal.
The center operates California Watch, which recently reported on poor, unincorporated communities around California that lack basic services such as clean water and sewers.