In what it called “a powerful investment in journalism,” GateHouse Media announced it is creating a national investigative and data-driven reporting team of more than 30 editors and reporters who will be embedded in local newsrooms to boost their coverage.
“The team will report on high-impact national projects, elevate local news and experiment with innovative ways to shape the future of the industry,” GateHouse said in its announcement.
Heading the team will be Emily Le Coz, GateHouse Media’s first national digital projects editor. Among those on the new team is Michael Braga, who won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. GateHouse says it is recruiting nationally to expand the team.
“Extensive planning has gone into expanding our investigative reporting and data team,” said GateHouse CEO Kirk Davis in a statement. “We’re so proud of our news organization and the work they do every day. With this strategic investment in journalism that matters, we’re strengthening the ability of our newsrooms to focus on critical issues facing their communities and placing a renewed emphasis on entrepreneurial reporting.”
“This investigative team ensures precious local resources are maximized and provides readers with enterprising reporting that has long been the hallmark of legacy media companies like GateHouse Media,” said Bill Church, senior vice president of news. “This journalism rights injustice. It combats the threatening notion of fake news. It is the type of service journalism that is critical to our mission as one of the largest local media companies in the country.”
GateHouse Media publishes 156 daily newspapers, and operates in more than 615 markets across 39 states.