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Maine Center hires new executive editor

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The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has announced the hiring of award-winning journalist and new media executive Joshua F. Moore as the Center’s new executive editor. Moore, who began work June 6, takes over leadership of the nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news service from John Beaudoin, who had an unexpected health problem and had to resign in March. (Beaudoin is staying connected to the Center; he immediately joined the board after leaving the staff.) Continue Reading →

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Investigative center looking for new leader as founders take on reduced roles

After more than five years on the job, the co-founders of Maine’s only independent investigative news service are planning to reduce their roles and the organization is recruiting a top-notch journalist to take over running the organization. The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a non-profit, published its first investigative news story in January, 2010 and has since published more than 200 stories on its own website and with its 30 media partners across the state. Publisher and senior reporter Naomi Schalit, one of the two founders, will become a half-time senior reporter with the Center this fall. Editor-in-chief John Christie, the other founder, will remain in that position until the end of year, when he will become an advisory editor to the new executive editor. Nick Mills, the president of the Center’s board of directors, said both Schalit’s and Christie’s reduced roles were “strictly voluntary. Continue Reading →

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Center stories hit the airwaves

Two of the Center’s recent stories were featured on Maine radio news programs this past week. Senior Reporter John Christie was interviewed by MPBN’s Mal Leary for an MPBN version of Christie’s story about how Gov. Paul LePage inserted himself in a religious discrimination case against Moody’s Diner. You can listen to that story here. And Senior Reporter Naomi Schalit was interviewed by WERU’s Amy Browne about our story on Time Warner’s wining and dining of Maine legislators at a luxury hotel in Cape Elizabeth. You can listen to that extensive interview here — Schalit’s part of the program begins at 8:44 minutes into the recording. Continue Reading →

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Internet entrepreneur and a New York Times journalist join Center board

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting welcomes two new members to its board of directors: Fletcher Kittredge, founder and CEO of GWI in Biddeford,  a telecommunications company specializing in providing gigabit fiber networks and cloud telephone services to Maine, and Marie Tessier, Moderator and Op-Talk Blog Contributor at The New York Times. Before joining The Times in 2007, Tessier was an independent journalist specializing in coverage of violence against women, politics, and legal and financial affairs. Her work has appeared on the Women’s eNews and Women’s Media Center Web sites, in Ms. magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, in other papers and magazines, and on “Marketplace” radio and National Public Radio. She is the author of “Covering Aviation Safety: An Investigator’s Guide,” from Investigative Reporters & Editors and several book chapters. She is an independent writer whose work has been distributed throughout the English and Arabic-speaking world. Continue Reading →

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Leaving journalism’s false god behind

Editor’s note: This is an edited version of a lecture given on April 1, 2014, by John Christie, named the 2014 Donald M. Murray Visiting Journalist at the University of New Hampshire. Christie, the co-founder and editor in chief of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, is a media veteran whose 40-year career includes work in Massachusetts, Maine, and Florida as a newspaper writer, editor, general manager, and publisher. He has won numerous awards as a reporter and editor, including twice for best public service reporting in New England from the Associated Press, and he was the primary editor at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel of two Pulitzer Prize finalists. A native of Dover, N.H., Christie was a student of Professor Donald Murray and managing editor of The New Hampshire. Murray was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who started the UNH journalism program in 1963 and taught writing – especially the process of writing – to generations of students who then found work at some of the finest newspapers in the nation. Continue Reading →

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