In 2009, a small group of Connecticut residents, concerned about the decline in watchdog journalism, formed the Connecticut News Project, Inc.
A few months later, after securing start-up funding and hiring some veteran journalists, CNP launched The Connecticut Mirror, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet with a very clear mission: Produce deep reporting on government policies and politics, to become an invaluable resource for anyone who lives, works or cares about Connecticut, and to hold our policymakers accountable for their decisions and actions.
The Mirror’s staff consists of award-winning editors and reporters with decades of experience in Connecticut newsrooms or working for other national or state news operations. We are the only state news organization with a full-time reporter in Washington, D.C.
More than 8,500 stories later, we start our fifth year with a still powerful sense of our mission.
With this, our new website, we are continuing to ramp up our coverage of Connecticut and issues important to our state, as well as to provide more of a platform for readers and decision-makers. We try to be here for you, for our state. Please join us, and the conversation, by logging on to www.ctmirror.org.
What is the Connecticut News Project, Inc.?
The Connecticut News Project, Inc., is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization -- a 501(c)(3) -- created in 2009 to reinvigorate coverage of state government, public policy and politics. Our primary goal is to ensure that the people of Connecticut are better informed about their government so they can more effectively participate in the development of public policy and hold officials accountable for addressing the state's needs. Through original reporting presented on our website, www.ctmirror.org, and distributed through various platforms and technologies, we are reasserting the “watchdog” role of the media. And, through internships, CNP is helping to help train a new generation of journalists.
Why is this project needed?
Years of declining revenues have forced most traditional news organizations in the state to cut back coverage in all areas, including government and public policy. One indicator is the number of reporters covering the state Capitol: In 1989, two dozen reporters representing most of the daily newspapers in the state covered the Capitol full time; today, less than a third remain. Another indicator is the news space allotted to this coverage, which also has declined with the size of newspapers overall. Meanwhile, the pressures and responsibilities of state governments everywhere have increased enormously. The Mirror now has the largest Capitol bureau in the state.
What exactly is CTMirror.org?
The Connecticut Mirror is a nonpartisan news site that aims to combine the best of traditional and digital media. Because of our staff’s years of experience in journalism, we often lead the state on breaking news stories, setting the pace for the rest of the state’s media. With the launch of our new website, we are also offering an enhanced platform for the exchange of ideas among residents, policymakers and anyone who cares about our state and nation.
Are you competing with other Connecticut media?
Yes and no. Every news organization wants to be first with the best story, and we're no different. If that competition invigorates news coverage, the public wins. But we have also formed partnerships with other organizations, including WNPR, Connecticut’s largest public radio station, and with most of the legacy newspapers in the state. You may see our content in other media outlets, as well as on several other online news websites.
How is the Mirror financed?
The project has received funding from a wide variety of foundations and individuals. Now in our fifth year, The Mirror continues to receive funding from many different sources and to build a sustainable business model. The success of the enterprise, of course, depends on continued contributions from groups and individuals who understand the importance of a strong, nonpartisan press in a democracy.
What is the Board of Director's role in shaping news coverage?
None. Board members share a commitment to public service through their work in various nonprofit and educational organizations. They also share a belief that vigorous coverage of government and public policy is essential to the common good. It is that belief, rather than commitment to any particular cause, that has led them to contribute their time and expertise to the Connecticut News Project.
Do you accept advertising?
Yes, in addition to sponsorships and underwriting, we do accept advertising, although it is not our primary source of funding. This is a way of associating you or your organization with the highly valuable service of providing news, information and knowledge to all Connecticut residents so they can make informed decisions that impact their communities, their families and themselves. For more information, please contact Publisher at Brett Orzechowski email@example.com at or 860-218-6380.
How do I submit a commentary piece or a Letter to the Editor?
There are directions at the end of each story on how to post a comment. Our comment policy is available here, and it will require you to comment through your Facebook account.
Commentary and letters to the editor are published on our companion website, CTViewpoints.org. Links to commentary pieces also appear on the CTMirror.org home page.
To submit a commentary item, please use the special online form and instructions found here.
We are interested in original, unpublished items that address state or national issues, politics or policies as they affect Connecticut residents. A commentary item should generally be under 750 words long, but shorter is better.
The online submission form asks contributors to include a brief biographical sentence (i.e. Sally Doe is director of the Do Good Things Association of Connecticut and lives in Madison), and, if you wish, a head shot for publication. It will also ask you to include a phone number where we can reach you with any questions. You may also include original, unpublished photos or graphics that illustrate your text.
Questions should be directed to Assistant Editor Paul Stern (firstname.lastname@example.org). CTMirror reserves the right not to publish your piece and to edit it as necessary for style and length.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Connecticut News Project, Inc. is supported by individual contributions, major gifts, corporate sponsorships and foundation grants.