Today, The Center for Investigative Reporting is taking another step in creating a sustainable and engaging platform for our work. We’re unveiling a newly designed website and expanding our radio and podcast brand, Reveal, to bring all of our journalism under one umbrella.
As you may have noticed, our website has moved to RevealNews.org. Under the Reveal banner, this site will feature investigations and news from our core team of journalists, along with Reveal radio segments and podcasts from our staff and journalism partners around the globe. You’ll find much of our past work here already, but in the coming weeks, we’ll be migrating all of CIR’s stories and investigations from our old website.
The official launch this month of the Reveal radio show and podcast with our partner, PRX, represents one of the most significant changes in the history of CIR, which was founded in 1977 at a small office in Oakland, California. Today, the organization is a 60-person (and growing) operation and produces a steady stream of high-profile investigations while constantly experimenting with new platforms to deliver the news.
California Watch, a CIR project that operated from 2009 to 2013, dug deeply into important stories in the Golden State, won a host of journalism awards and, most importantly, improved the lives of people who live in the state. Our merger with The Bay Citizen in 2012 brought us highly skilled reporters, engineers and others who helped CIR expand our coverage, perspective and manner in which we produced content.
Now, with our nationally broadcast public radio show, CIR is expanding its mission. Reveal and RevealNews.org will emphasize national and international reporting, while making those stories relevant to local communities. And we’ll engage people where they live and work for hours every day: online and on social media. Although the newsroom will continue to work with print and video partners to expand the audience for our stories, we want RevealNews.org to thrive as a vibrant hub for in-depth news and information you can’t get anywhere else.
At the same time, our newsroom is shifting to covering stories with a wider scope. We’re focusing on some exciting new areas with strong investigative potential – guns, religion and worker safety – and continuing our investigations into the environment, money and politics, national security and the treatment of veterans. Throughout the organization, we will employ the same methods we’ve always used: deep reporting, strong data analysis, interesting characters and storytelling techniques, and a quest for results and societal change.
Changing our news brand to Reveal and our website to RevealNews.org unifies what we do under a single name. But CIR will continue as the parent of Reveal, hosting public events and consulting with media organizations around the country to help them produce great investigative reporting.
“CIR has consistently adapted, grown and taken risks,” said Robert J. Rosenthal, CIR’s executive director. “With Reveal, CIR can feature our work under a brand and platform that goes directly to the audience. The goal is to continue our quality investigative reporting and drive even more impact from our journalism and that of our partners.”