Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, GateHouse Media announce agriculture data journalism fellowship


GateHouse Media, LLC and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting have embarked on a new partnership through the creation of an agriculture data journalism fellowship funded by GateHouse.

The agricultural data reporter will be embedded in the newsroom of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and will focus on in-depth agribusiness investigative reporting.

This fellowship will provide resources needed for the Midwest Center to more aggressively report on agribusiness and its impact on rural communities. The fellowship also will provide GateHouse with priority access to this reporting and to the Midwest Center's robust archives and databases – enhancing the coverage of GateHouse newsrooms across the country. This strategic partnership will further empower GateHouse newsrooms, particularly in the Midwest and West, by providing additional highly focused and unique resources and content, as the newsrooms continue to develop products and services that target rural audiences.

The partnership follows GateHouse's June announcement of the company's investment in a national investigative and data-driven reporting team.

"This partnership further illustrates GateHouse's commitment to enterprising journalism," said Kirk Davis, GateHouse Media CEO. "It's critical coverage that will bolster existing teams in newsrooms across GateHouse, and provide valuable reporting that our colleagues throughout the industry can build from."

The fellowship strengthens the partnership between the two news organizations, as newsrooms such as the Peoria Journal Star and Austin American-Statesman have previously used content shared by the Midwest Center.

"The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting has an established record of high-impact journalism," said Bill Church, GateHouse senior vice president of news. "Investigations that result from this fellowship will break new ground, reveal untold stories and help reshape the conversation on the business of agriculture in America and beyond."

As part of the hiring process for the fellowship, the GateHouse investigations team will work with the Midwest Center to evaluate qualified candidates.

"We're thrilled to have GateHouse's generous support, and for the opportunity to explore data and document-driven stories on a whole new level," said Pamela Dempsey, Midwest Center executive director. "The combined power of GateHouse's investigative DNA and the Midwest Center's vast institutional knowledge of the agricultural landscape will undoubtedly result in landmark storytelling."

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