The Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism invites news publishers in Virginia to subscribe to VCIJ’s Virginia News Service, a platform for distributing stories produced by VCIJ.org and student journalists.

The Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism is an independent, nonprofit news startup. Our core mission is to produce stories covering underserved communities in Virginian, and distribute these stories to local news outlets for free.

VCIJ practices open and transparent journalism, allowing citizens deep insight into the reporting process. We enforce a clear ethics policy, based on the high standards and practices of ProPublica and the Institute for Nonprofit News. Our policy denotes clear rules for corrections, use of anonymous sources, and a firewall between donors and editorial decisions.

We aim to reach every community in the commonwealth with our reporting. We also plan to create content in a variety of forms — print, radio and video — to reach Virginians where they get their news. We have several decades of experience in Virginia creating long- and short-form stories, photojournalism, video and documentary films and that content will be made available for your news organization to use under a rights managed license.

A central part of the VCIJ mission is to share content and collaborate with legacy and new media partners. Local news organizations remain vital and we aim to supplement the great reporting that already exists, not compete with it.

Due to the nature of investigative reporting, we will be sharing our content infrequently. But we will give ample advance of upcoming stories and content, giving news organizations opportunities to plan and potentially work with us.

We take a detailed and thoughtful approach to producing our journalism, some of which is done in collaboration with colleges and universities around the state.

We also welcome other Virginia nonprofit news organizations to share their work on this distribution service.

VCIJ believes that through collaboration among all the news organizations around the state, we can provide citizens with the information they need to be engaged.

Several projects are already in the que and ready to publish with more on the way. Subscribe to Virginia News Service here: https://mailchi.mp/vcij/virginia-news-service-list

Questions? Feel free to reach out and share thoughts and ideas: chris.tyree@vcij.org, louis.hansen@vcij.org.

We look forward to working with you, and supporting local journalism throughout our commonwealth.

(Published courtesy of Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism)