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'California Watch' Launches First Investigation in 26 Papers

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'California Watch' Launches First Investigation in 26 Papers

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California Watch, the new unit of the non-profit Center for Investigative Reporting, launched its first project today that is being used in at least 26 newspapers around the state.

Robert Rosenthal, CIR executive director, said the investigation into the use, and misuse, of homeland security funds in California is drawing more interest than he hoped.

"This exceeds our expectations," says Rosenthal, a former San Francisco Chronicle managing editor. "The goal is to get this out to small news organizations, not just the big ones."

But apparently big ones are using it as well. Rosenthal said newspapers running the piece by reporter G.W. Schulz include the San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Daily News, The Sacramento Bee, Orange County Register, Oakland Tribune and Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. He said even La Opinion in Los Angeles is publishing it in Spanish.

"We are seeing a big mix and I am sure it will reach an audience of well over one million-plus," he said. …

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