Our mission is to promote the public good by pursuing in-depth, underreported and high-impact journalism which exposes injustice and explores its consequences. Our reporting will investigate the truth, hold those in power accountable, and seek solutions.
Eye on Ohio was incorporated in the state of Ohio in August 2012 to advance the practice of non-profit investigative journalism. We received our status as an independent 501c3 organization in April 2014.
As has been well-documented, investigative journalism has been under siege for many years. Traditional for-profit newspapers and broadcast media, facing increasing competition from digital news outlets and pressure to boost profit margins, have been reducing reporting staff and resources spent on in-depth stories.
Because in-depth and investigative stories are expensive – they require time, experienced reporters, resources such as data-base subscriptions, mileage, costs associated with records searches, legal expenses, etc. – far too often they are on the chopping block when media companies look to trim budgets.
These are precisely the stories that are most important to our democratic society; they serve to expose wrongdoing by government, businesses or other institutions, shed light on issues vital to communities and human lives, and can lead to changes in policy, practices and legislation.
Non-profit news dates back more than three decades, with the establishment of the national Center for Investigating Reporting in Berkeley, California in the late 1970s; and the Center for Public Integrity, founded in 1989; both remain major sources of in-depth news and information. Statewide and local non-profit news organizations proliferated in the 2000s. There are dozens in New York, Wisconsin, Iowa, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and many more states.
As these centers – operating on-line but often in conjunction with other media partners – have grown, so too has a support network to ensure their sustainability. The Investigative News Network, a trade association and technical support group, was founded in 2009 to provide resources and information to start-up centers. Eye on Ohio was accepted into the INN family in January 2013.
We are committed to using the best practices of other non-profit journalism organizations around the country, seek the advice of experts in this field, collaborate when possible with other media partners, and produce valuable, high-impact stories to serve the public good. Though we will use new technology and modern media platforms, our work will reflect the highest principles and standards of the best in traditional investigative journalism. Eye on Ohio adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.