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California Watch launched its first project today, an investigation into homeland security grant spending by agencies around the Golden State. Versions of this story ran in more than two dozen news organizations—newspapers, TV, and online news sites. It's the broadest release of a nonprofit news initiative to date, reaching more than a million newspaper subscribers. This is part of a collaborative project by California Watch, the Center for Public Integrity and CIR examining the effectiveness of America’s homeland security efforts.
This report by Dan Noyes ran on ABC KGO-TV:
Other news partners included The San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee, Contra Costa Times, Lodi News, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Los Angeles Daily News, Orange County Register and the Voice of San Diego.
A few of our media partners pitched in with valuable in-kind contributions to the project. Our friends at La Opinión translated the story into Spanish, and the Marin Independent Journal sent one of their photographers out to shoot the unopened boxes of equipment purchased and then shared their photos with all of the other outlets around the state running the story.
Thanks to all of our inaugural media partners for making this project such a success!