9 NEWS and Rocky Mountain PBS Create Investigative News Partnership
Denver, CO – Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – 9NEWS and I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS announced today a multi-year cooperative agreement joining the Dupont award-winning investigative skills of 9Wants to Know with the depth and impact of I-News, creating Colorado’s premier broadcast investigative news unit. The arrangement will allow journalists from both 9NEWS and I-News to collaborate on in-depth investigative projects that will be seen on all broadcast, web and digital platforms of each respective organization.
“This partnership brings together the best storytelling, writing and production aspects of what we do at 9NEWS with the depth and breadth of research talent from I-News to offer our consumers a unique investigative experience unlike anything else in Colorado,” said 9NEWS President and General Manager Mark Cornetta. “Our commitment to this partnership shows how serious both organizations are to bringing Coloradans the kind of in-depth investigative journalism that can truly make a difference to people’s lives.”
“We are thrilled to have 9NEWS collaborate with I-News to allow greater service to the people of Colorado,” said Doug Price, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain PBS. “Reporting from both investigative teams has inspired the public to action in the past. We can expect even greater impact in the future.”
I-News journalists further will appear as experts in 9Wants to Know and 9NEWS stories and will contribute content to all broadcast, web and digital platforms of the Networks of 9NEWS. 9NEWS content will be similarly featured on Rocky Mountain PBS.
9NEWS Vice President and News Director Patti Dennis said, “This agreement will allow both organizations to demonstrate the remarkable depth of their storytelling abilities. We were both great organizations before, but I am eager to see what these talented investigators can do for our viewers and for the people of Colorado.”
“This agreement makes Colorado a model for how to increase important public-service journalism,” said Laura Frank, Vice President of News at Rocky Mountain PBS.
The agreement goes into effect January 1, 2014.