Center for Investigative Reporting partners with Univision to produce videos for Spanish-speaking audiences

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has partnered with Univision News to create investigative video stories aimed at Spanish speakers in the United States and Latin America, according to LA Observed.

A collaboration between the largest and oldest non-profit news organization and the leading Hispanic media company, the partners will "produce investigations that not only inform Hispanics on important civic issues, but that will also further engage and empower them to act and bring positive change to their communities," explained Univision. Hispanics currently make up about 16 percent of the U.S. population, and Univision, one of the top five TV networks overall in the country, reaches about 96 percent of Hispanic households in the United States, Univision said.

CIR will offer Univision access to investigative stories and full-length documentaries focused on Latin America and Hispanics in the United States, as well as other reports that will be available for translation into Spanish.

Nonprofit news organizations like CIR increasingly are joining forces with for-profit media companies like Univision. For example, earlier this month CIR partnered with YouTube to launch an investigative news channel called I Files. And the Ford Foundation recently awarded a $500,000 grant to the Washington Post for government accountability coverage, and in May, the Ford Foundation gave the Los Angeles Times $1 million to hire five journalists.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.