Description:

The American Independent News Network investigates and disseminates news that impacts public debate and advances the common good. Our reporting emphasizes the positive role of democratically elected government in securing the common good and social welfare, and the continuing benefits of our founding culture of egalitarian government by the people, for the people.

Begun:

May 2006 (originally founded as the Center for Independent Media; changed to its current name in January 2010)

Website:http://tainews.org/
Office Location:1825 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 625 Washington, DC
Structure:

501(c)(3) organization

Founder:

David Bennahum (President and CEO)

Executive Director:

Blake de Pastino (executive editor)

Approximate number of full-time staff:

22

Number with prior professional journalism experience:

17

Annual operating budget:

$2.4 million (2011)

Annual salaries posted, or accessible via 990 form:

No

Editorial/ethics policy statement:

Yes

Diversity statement:

Yes (although it is not listed on AINN’s website)

IRS 990 form posted on website:

No

Major donors disclosed:

Yes

INN Member:

No

Awards:

Four 2011 awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (Minnesote, DC Metro); three 2010 awards form Society of Professional Journalists (Minnesota); five 2010 awards form the Association of State Capitol Reporters and Editors, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico; the ACLU of New Mexico's 2010 "First Amendment" award; two 2009 awards from teh Association of State Capitol Reporters and Editors, Iowa, New Mexico; four 2009 Society of Professioal Journalists awards (Minnesota); and numerous others.

Contact:

202-387-3669



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