About MTCIR

 

 

 

About the Center

The Montana Center for Investigative Reporting (mtcir.org) is an independent, nonprofit media organization dedicated to producing statewide accountability journalism in Montana. Our mission is to promote and produce investigative journalism in Big Sky Country through original and collaborative reporting, public outreach and training programs, dedicated to the advancement of Montana communities.

We accomplish this through quality, innovative and interactive investigative reporting that incorporates the collection, analysis and visualization of data and other media to produce robust content for multiple platforms including print, radio and television. Our content is published digitally on this site and through partnerships with other news organizations statewide.

MTCIR seeks to establish itself as a voice for investigative reporting in Montana, serving as both a content producer and core collaborator that highlights the need for exceptional accountability journalism. We are working hard to promote and build a diversified and sustainable ecosystem of collaborative investigative journalism, by which newsrooms can combine resources for greater impact.

MTCIR is a proud member in good standing (since 2013) with the Institute for Nonprofit News, Investigative Reporters and Editors (since 2012) and the Society of Professional Journalists (since 2009).

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The Institute for Nonprofit News is an organization dedicated to promoting the value and benefit of public-service and investigative journalism, and providing top-notch education and business support services to its nonprofit member organizations.

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Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting. IRE was formed in 1975 to create a forum in which journalists throughout the world could help each other by sharing story ideas, news-gathering techniques and news sources. The mission of IRE is to foster excellence in investigative journalism, which is essential to a free society.

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The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry and actively protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.

 

 

Staff

Chapman_bioJeremy Chapman is the founder and executive director/editor of the Montana Center for Investigative Reporting. An award-winning investigative reporter and multimedia journalist, Chapman’s work has focused on voting rights, healthcare, transportation, immigration and other key issues that educate the public about First Amendment rights and values. His work has been published with news organizations such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Center for Public Integrity and The Arizona Republic. Chapman holds a journalism degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Contributors

Swearingen_bioMarshall Swearingen is a part-time contributing reporter for the Montana Center for Investigative Reporting, based in beautiful Bozeman, Mont. Fittingly, much of Swearingen’s work as a freelance journalist and writer has focused on environmental issues such as public land and water access. He is also a regular contributor to High Country News in Colorado, a nonprofit biweekly news magazine “for people who care about the West.” In 2014, through several FOIA requests, Swearingen was able to expose threats and violence directed toward federal land managers just trying to do their jobs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College, and a Master’s in Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

Board of Directors

Mailloux_bioDennis Mailloux has been a video journalist and commercial producer in Big Sky Country for over 16 years. He has won many awards for not only his broadcast work, but for his musicianship as well, playing in numerous local bands that have thrived in the local music scene. Mailloux was born and raised in Billings, but had a short stint in South Dakota playing the Army brat during his high school years. Most days he can now be found spending quality time with his wife and three boys and enjoying everything Montana has to offer.

Chapman_bioJeremy Chapman is the founder and executive director/editor of the Montana Center for Investigative Reporting. An award-winning investigative reporter and multimedia journalist, Chapman’s work has focused on voting rights, healthcare, transportation, immigration and other key issues that educate the public about First Amendment rights and values. His work has been published with news organizations such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Center for Public Integrity and The Arizona Republic. Chapman holds a journalism degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

 

 

Journalism Advisory Committee

Swibold_bioDennis Swibold began teaching at the University of Montana in 1989 and joined the School of Journalism’s permanent faculty two years later. Swibold teaches courses in reporting, editing and ethics and supervises student coverage of state legislative sessions for a network of Montana papers. Before teaching, Swibold was a newspaper editor and reporter in Montana and Arizona. He was editor of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle before coming to the university, and he later worked summers as a copy editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Salt Lake Tribune.

He is the author of “Copper Chorus: Mining, Politics and the Montana Press, 1889-1959,” a history of Montana journalism that won the Western Writers of America’s 2007 award for best work of contemporary nonfiction. Swibold earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona in 1979 and a master’s in journalism from UM in 1991.

Doig_bioSteve Doig holds the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University, specializing in computer-assisted reporting and data journalism. He had a 23-year career as a newspaper journalist, including 19 years at the Miami Herald. His investigative projects have won major journalism prizes, including the 1993 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service. Doig is a political science graduate of Dartmouth College. He also graduated from, and later taught at, the Defense Information School and spent a year as a combat correspondent for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Eaton_bioJoe Eaton, an associate professor at University of Montana’s School of Journalism, joined the school’s faculty in the fall of 2013 after a professional career that included work as an award-winning investigative reporter and as a freelance writer for magazines such as National Geographic. Eaton teaches courses in public affairs reporting and editing, and investigative reporting.

Before joining UM, he worked as an investigative reporter at The Center for Pubic Integrity in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in database reporting on health care issues. In 2013, he won the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation’s Print Journalism Award for a series exploring rising Medicare costs. Eaton graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and earned his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

Kemmick_bioEd Kemmick is the founder and publisher of Last Best News. Kemmick has been a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist since 1980. Except for four years in his home state of Minnesota, he has spent his entire journalism career in Montana, working in Missoula, Anaconda, Butte and Billings. “The Big Sky, By and By,” a collection of some of his newspaper stories and columns, plus a few essays and one short story, was published in 2011.

 

 

Partnerships

MTCIR has several partnerships with organizations in Montana and around the country. If you would like to support our work by re-publishing stories or collaborating with us on a project, send us a message.

Our stories have been published with and/or MTCIR has the support of the following educational institutions, publications and news outlets:

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