The Lens is primarily a Web-based news outlet, but we realize people get their news in different ways. That’s why we collaborate with print, television and radio outlets to reach as many people as possible, including those without broadband Internet service.
The Advocate, a newspaper based in Baton Rouge, frequently publishes Lens stories in its daily New Orleans edition.
Founded in 1989, The Center for Public Integrity is one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Its mission is to reveal abuses of power, corruption and dereliction of duty by powerful public and private institutions in order to cause them to operate with honesty, integrity, accountability and to put the public interest first. The Lens has provided local coverage of several national issues identified by the Center.
The organization is a consortium of more than 60 nonprofit newsrooms across the country that have access one another’s stories. The Lens’ website is built with INN’s Project Largo.
The Lens collaborated on a groundbreaking story that examined broadband Internet access across the country, with our story focusing on successes and failures in Louisiana.
One of the country’s oldest newspapers targeting an African-American audience, the New Orleans-based newspaper frequently features stories from The Lens on its front page, ensuring that our work reaches a diverse audience.
In 2013 and 2014, The Lens operated a second office in the School of Mass Communication building. This provided The Lens with access to interns and freelance reporters, and it gave students the chance to learn from professionals.
Next American City is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting cities and informing the people who work to improve them. Lens founder Ariella Cohen is now the executive editor of the publication, and we’re continually exploring joint reporting efforts.
Every Monday at noon, Lens stories from the previous week are featured on New Orleans’ full-time reading service. Listen at 88.3 FM.
From 2010 to mid-2014, The Lens was based in the newsroom of WVUE-TV FOX 8, though the two remained editorially independent. The Lens periodically published stories in conjunction with the station’s on-air reports, and staff appeared on newscasts to discuss their stories.
WWL published The Lens’ live election results maps online for the congressional election in December 2014 and the gubernatorial primary in October 2015. Editor Steve Beatty offered analysis during the station’s live coverage.
The Lens occasionally works with the region’s NPR affiliate on text and audio reporting packages. In a Knight Foundation-funded collaboration, The Lens produced feature stories that aired during local portions of “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.”
New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage nonprofit radio station was a partner with The Lens in Insight New Orleans, an effort to add community voices to our stories.