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A New Voice for
Independent Journalism

The Hatch Institute, created as the Contently Foundation in 2014, exists to nurture the craft of investigative journalism.

Our Mission

The Hatch Institute, created as the Contently Foundation in 2014, provides a forum for the next generation of public-service journalists and mentors those new to investigative work. Our goal is clear: empower independent reporters by giving them the financial resources and guidance required to tell great stories, hold the powerful to account and uncover uncomfortable truths.

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The Hatch Institute, created as the Contently Foundation in 2014, exists to nurture the craft of investigative journalism.

The Hatch Institute provides a forum for the next generation of public-service journalists and mentors those new to investigative work. Our goal is clear: empower independent reporters by giving them the financial resources and guidance required to tell great stories, hold the powerful to account and uncover uncomfortable truths.

Success came early. Our first published piece, which detailed how young women play an unwitting role in the deadly blackmarket trafficking of handguns, got the 2015 Donald Robinson Memorial Award for investigative reporting, given by the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

We went on to expose secrets of the erotic massage industry; a fight to stop fracking waste from polluting a small town in rural Pennsylvania; hidden conflicts of interest in the judiciary; and unequal pay for women in public service.

These stories were co-published with an array of news organizations, including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New York Post, Fusion, Medium and more.

At a time when the traditional news business continues to struggle financially — and investigative units in particular face severely depleted funding — we believe that investment in truly independent journalism is one of the most powerful ways we can serve the common good.

But there’s been a power shift in the industry. As venerable publications find themselves in the hands tech billionaires and retail giants, we feel strongly that the American media must strive to remain completely free of corporate influence.

The Hatch Institute seeks funding from a variety of donors, many of them acclaimed foundations with a history of backing independent journalism, an approach we believe positions the Institute to develop in a way most news organizations can not.

We strive to be a model for the teaching and training that young reporters need to succeed in the demanding enterprise of investigative reporting.

Editor-in-chief

Brad Hamilton

Award-winning investigative reporter and editor with more than 30 years experience. Recipient of three New York Press Club awards.

Managing Editor

Scott Simone

Former associate editor of Westchester Magazine whose investigative reporting has appeared in the New York Post, the Guardian, and others.

Founder/Reporter

Shane Snow

Writes for the New Yorker, Wired, Fast Company and Advertising Age. Business Insider named him one of the “100 Coolest People in Tech.”

Founder/Reporter

Sam Slaughter

Writes about technology for the New York Times. Writes for Digiday, Adweek and the Philadelphia Weekly.

Our Advisors

Pete Hammill

Renowned journalist and former editor of the New York Daily News and New York Post, with more than 20 published books. Honored with the George Polk Career Award for his distinguished lifetime of work.

Brendan Keefe

Award-winning investigative reporter for the NBC News affiliate in Atlanta and winner of 66 regional Emmys. He received the George Foster Peabody Award, broadcast journalism’s highest honor.

Pete Madden

Editor for the ABC News Investigative Unit, which contributes coverage of national security, political corruption and human rights to Good Morning America, World News Tonight with David Muir, Nightline and 20/20.

Contributing Journalists

Dan Patterson, Sara Stewart, Danielle Shapiro, Marcus Baram, Peter Green, Stefanie Cohen, John Mazor, Tamarra Kemsley, Chris Francescani

Volunteer Staff

Philip Garrity, Kristen Poli, Erin Nelson, Ines Tamaddon, Maria Vinokurov

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At The Hatch Institute, we’re dedicated to empowering investigative journalists through resources, financial support, and guidance. When you register with The Hatch Institute, you'll receive exclusive access to the LexisNexis database, journalistic resources, mentorship, and more.

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