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Veteran journalists launch venture to publish investigations, analyses

An investigative reporting center involving veteran Buffalo journalists soon will begin publishing in print and online.

Investigative Post is collaborating with college journalism programs to produce and distribute investigations and analyses on issues confronting Buffalo and Western New York.

James Heaney, an award-winning investigative reporter formerly with The Buffalo News, is spearheading the venture as editor and executive director.

"We're going to produce hard-nosed investigations and in-depth analyses intended to help shape the debate over how to get this community back on its feet," said Heaney, a former Pulitzer Prize finalist who left The News in August to launch Investigative Post.

"Investigative Post intends to be an integral part of the local media landscape and the greater community," Heaney said. "We're new media for a new day."

Investigations and analyses will be published on investigativepost.org, in addition to being shared with other media outlets.

The website is expected to be up and operating today.

In addition, Investigative Post will share selected content with WBFO-FM and WNED-AM, the region's National Public Radio stations; The Buffalo News; and Artvoice. Heaney also expects to have a relationship with a local television station soon.

Investigative Post's coverage initially will focus on government and politics; the economy and economic development; the environment; and problems associated with poverty.

The website will be updated daily with other content.

Heaney will reprise the award-winning blog he wrote for The News, and Tom Toles will share his editorial cartoons and daily blog produced for the Washington Post. Members of the board of directors include Toles, who won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning with The News before joining the Washington Post, and Lee Coppola, an award-winning newspaper and television investigative reporter and former dean of the School of Journalism at St. Bonaventure University.

Investigative Post also is teaming up with the journalism programs at St. Bonaventure University, the University at Buffalo and Medaille College. The objective is to promote the development of young journalists, particularly those of color.

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