In line with our mission to experiment with new economic models for creating and delivering investigating reporting, the Workshop has made two of its investigations available on Amazon's Kindle platform.
Kindle users can now download Measuring Impact, our look at how nonprofit newsrooms can gauge their impact, and the Koch Club, our analysis of five years of political and charitable donations from Charles and David Koch.
This report seeks to answer the two-pronged question, “What is ‘impact,’ and how can it be measured consistently across nonprofit newsrooms?” A review of recent, relevant literature and our informal conversations with experts in the field reveal growing ambitions toward the goal of developing a common framework for assessing journalism’s impact, yet few definitive conclusions about how exactly to reach that framework. This is especially the case when journalism’s “impact” is defined by its ultimate social outcomes — not merely the familiar metrics of audience reach and website traffic.
The Koch Club
The Investigative Reporting Workshop reviewed and analyzed five years of political and charitable donations from Charles and David Koch, their five charitable foundations and Koch Industries to scores of federal candidates, 89 nonprofit public-policy organizations and 221 U.S. colleges and universities. The billionaire brothers' organizations cumulatively spent $134 million, and “The Koch Club” specifically reveals precisely how and to whom the money was targeted.