ArizonaWatch.org, is the primary website for The Arizona Center for Investigative Journalism, Inc.
The Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Arizona corporation and will not engage in any form of political advocacy. The Center received formal approval from the IRS in January 2014 and all contributions are fully tax deductible.
The Center’s mission is to conduct independent investigative reporting on matters of the highest public interest and disseminate the information to the general public through the ArizonaWatch.org website, documentary films and published reports.
A recent example of investigative reporting supported by the Center is InvestigativeMEDIA’s investigation of the Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30, 2013.
The Center will help fill the increasing void of investigative reporting resulting from the collapse of the traditional newspaper industry.
The Center may enter into agreements with major media outlets and university journalism schools to conduct joint investigative reporting projects for publication on the Center’s website and with media and university partners.
The Center will also provide an important training ground for young journalists on state and federal public records laws, open meetings laws and access to business information.
The Center will focus on major investigative reporting projects and will not cover day-to-day events. However, the Center will report on the underlying issues that shape much of the daily news coverage.
Energy production and distribution, natural resource exploitation, water supplies and distribution, environmental issues, urban growth and development, transportation, international trade, immigration policies, criminal justice issues, public and private education and campaign finance are among the topics the Center will examine.