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Nola Vie partners with public radio

Public broadcasters are finding new ways to engage in more local journalism, especially more investigative and enterprise journalism, than ever before. See how New Orleans does it.

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Carolina Public Press partners with all media in the state

CPP spearheads investigations, trains journalists from around the state, and shares content across the board with any news organization that wants it.

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Jeanne Pinder


Jeanne Pinder is a seasoned journalist who worked for The New York Times for 23 years before founding ClearHealthCosts. She gained a 360-degree view of journalism from working as an editor, reporter and human resources executive before volunteering for a buyout in late 2009 and becoming a web entrepreneur.

ClearHealthCosts has a mission of transparency: We are going to be the best online source of health-care pricing. What we know, we know for sure; what we don't know, we're trying to find out. We're helping people find out what things cost, and making a place where people can share their information -- to build a body of knowledge that is useful for all.

At The Times she was a ranking editor on the foreign desk, a reporter on the business desk and deputy founding editor of the Circuits technology section, among other posts. Before founding CHC, and before The Times, she worked at The Des Moines (Ia.) Register, The Associated Press and The Grinnell (Ia.) Herald-Register, a proudly independent community newspaper that is run by her sisters, the third generation of her family to steward the paper.

Pinder took an academic sojourn in Russian and Slavic studies, spending almost two years in the former Soviet Union, a place as opaque as the health-care marketplace.

She graduated from Grinnell College and also attended Leningrad State University and Indiana University.

The McCormick Foundation grant is her third such award. She created with the help of two $20,000 grants: one from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (where her lead professors were Jeff Jarvis of "What Would Google Do?" and "Public Parts," and Jeremy Caplan, director of education, Tow-Knight Center) and one from the International Women's Media Foundation, where Liza Gross and her team have been strong supporters of the ClearHealthCosts concept.

Among the strongest supporters of ClearHealthCosts are Pinder’s twin daughters, who are soon to graduate from high school.

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