Consortium for Independent Journalism

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Consortium for Independent Journalism
Abbreviation CIJ
Formation 1995
Type news service
Headquarters Arlington, Virginia, United States
Director Robert Parry
Website www.consortiumnews.com

The Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is a non-profit US-based independent news service founded in 1995 by Robert Parry, which publishes consortiumnews.com. Contributors besides Parry, who (as of 2013) remains its editor, include Norman Solomon,[1] David Swanson[2] and Martin A. Lee.[3]

History[edit]

Robert Parry, a former journalist for Associated Press and Newsweek, launched consortiumnews.com in 1995, using funds derived from his retirement from Newsweek. He wrote in 2011 that he had become disillusioned with the mainstream media, in particular with the way that it had treated the Iran–Contra affair, on which Parry had made many contributions. "My insistence on getting to the bottom of this historically important story alienated me from my senior editors at Newsweek – and from many of my journalistic colleagues who simply wanted to keep their jobs and avoid trouble. ... The era of Watergate had come full circle. Instead of exposing crimes and cover-ups, the Washington press corps' job had changed into harassing and mocking serious investigators – the likes of Iran-Contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh – who stayed on the trail."[4]

In 1999 the Consortium for Independent Journalism was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to provide an institutional foundation for the news service.[4] However the organization attracted limited funding, and in 2000 Parry was forced to take the service part-time, taking an editing job at Bloomberg News, before quitting in 2004.[4] With George W. Bush's second term from 2004, CIJ "began developing what might be regarded as unlikely relationships with former CIA analysts, such as Ray McGovern, Peter Dickson, Melvin Goodman and Elizabeth Murray".[4]

Funding[edit]

In 2011 CIJ's budget was around $120,000 a year.[4] A non-profit 501(c)(3), it takes donations via its website.[5]

In 2013 CIJ received $10,000 from the Park Foundation.[6]

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