The Lens

TaglineInvestigative reporting on The Big Easy
Year Founded2009
Type or CoverageInvestigative
CityNew Orleans
Business TypeNon-profit
Revenue SourcesDonations
Revenue SourcesEvents
Revenue SourcesGrants
Institutional SupportKnight Foundation
Institutional SupportOpen Society Institute
Institutional SupportOther Foundation
Staff Size (Business)6-10
Staff Size (Editorial)6-10
Active Volunteers1-10
AffiliationsWVUE-TV FOX8 a television station in New Orleans; The Investigative News Network; The Louisiana Weekly one of the oldest African American newspapers in the country; The Jambalaya News a dual language bi-monthly newspaper for the Hispanic community; The Trumpet a monthly publication of the Neighborhood Partnership Network a grassroots activist group in New Orleans; Zeitoun Foundation.
Mappin LocationNew Orleans - Louisiana
Principal StaffSteve Beatty
Principal StaffJed Horne
Principal StaffAriella Cohen
Principal StaffKaren Gadbois
DescriptionLaunched in January 2010 The Lens is an eight-person nonprofit investigative news website partnered with weekly papers and a local television station in New Orleans. The site aims to fill the gaps that are no longer being covered by New Orleans’s cash-strapped traditional news operations. Right now The Lens’s goal is to produce big investigative stories every two weeks and to fill the gaps with daily web updates on stories it has already done.
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