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Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism exists to provide coverage of the issues that directly affect our local communities and the people who live, work and go to school in them. Our journalists will strive to provide a particular focus on the inequities in our systems and attempt to give voice to those whose voices are not being heard and to shine light into systems that are currently opaque.


Read our first series, Leveling the Playing Field, here.

We hope to be able to fill some of the gaps in local news coverage -- gaps created by shrinking news staffs at area media outlets that rely on advertising revenue with both longform and more immediate stories.  


PINJ is based on the BINJ Model, which exists to:

  • Provide a platform of support and mutual aid to existing community publications
  • Train up-and-coming journalists through immersive internships
  • Collaborate on reporting and civic-engagement initiatives
(Photo by Jake Mysliwczyk)

Photos by Jake Mysliwczyk

(Photo by Jake Mysliwczyk)

The PINJ team Brittany Hailer, Mary Niederberger, Jody Diperna, and Jake Mysliwczyk.


We have a small staff of freelance reporters, but plan to emphasize the importance of community-based storytelling. Our  nonprofit status allows PINJ to seek funding sources that enable us to investigate, research, and write stories and allows us to keep our independence. 


We plan to provide coverage of the City of Pittsburgh with long-term and long-form enterprise and investigative reporting.


PINJ is made possible by a partnership with our fiscal sponsor The Alternative News Foundation. 

Vist our Board of Directors here. 


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The Majesty and the Underbelly of Pittsburgh in Ed Simon's New Book, "An Alternative History of Pittsburgh"

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Recent focus on the death of incarcerated individuals at the Allegheny County Jail raises questions:

Are all incarcerated deaths reported?

And how many details are released?

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The ex-wife of Allegheny County Jail resident with psychiatric disability pushes for answers to questions about his death

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Man jumps from entrance bridge of Allegheny County Jail upon release

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County Officials realease few details on a holiday weekend death at the Allegheny County Jail

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Hunter McGowan’s journey through higher ed has been one of preparedness, patience and perseverance

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Best advice from students with disabilities as they move through their higher education journey

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Getting appropriate accommodations is a make-it-or-break-it factor for college students with disabilities

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