What is "impact journalism"?™
The mission of The American Independent News Network is to investigate and disseminate news that impacts public debate and advances the common good. This is a qualitative measure of success, and we call this “impact journalism."™ AINN’s reporting has generated two primary kinds of impact:
1. Pressure: A third party publicly pressures the subject of our reporting, based on the information AINN exclusively reveals, to accept responsibility, reform its ways, or otherwise take action.
2. Results: A subject of our reporting takes action to address the problems revealed by our coverage. It’s important that the action have political or policy consequences that address the underlying causes of a problem, rather than superficial symptoms.
Impact stories tend to share certain topics and angles that create a general profile of a successful story. These qualities include, but are not limited to: