Wausau Pilot & Review is pleased to announce its membership with the Institute for Nonprofit News, the broadest network of independent investigative and public service newsrooms in the country.

As a member, Wausau Pilot & Review joins a group of more than 100 investigative news agencies nationwide, including the ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Mother Jones, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, and other prestigious outlets. WP&R is one of just two members in Wisconsin.

Membership is highly competitive, and member organizations must adhere to strict ethical and editorial standards.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us,” said Shereen Siewert, Wausau Pilot & Review executive editor and publisher. “We see this as a major step forward in keeping our community engaged and involved, while promoting a positive future for Wausau.”

The INN shares best practices, collaborates on stories, pools resources and receives cutting-edge training in professional, organizational and business development. Together, the group has managed to increase the reach and impact of their work as they seek to inform communities, hold the powerful accountable and help keep our democracy free.

Their newsrooms are composed of reporters, editors and producers that have been recognized by a constellation of news-industry awards, including Pulitzers, Emmys, Peabodys, DuPonts and laurels from the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors and many others.

Their high-impact stories have exposed corruption and inspired legal and policy reforms; alerted the public to environmental perils, financial scams and faulty products; and informed communities about the issues of business and government that affect daily life.

The INN members do this work at a time of tectonic shifts in media technology, culture and economy. They do it because journalism’s mission of public service demands nothing less from them. They do it because a viable, sustainable Fourth Estate is essential for a healthy democracy.