Investigative Reporters and Editors and an innovative journalism newsletter have launched a new partnership to promote the best local investigative reporting across the country.

IRE’s sponsorship of the Local Matters newsletter, co-founded by Naples Daily News reporters Joey Cranney, Alexandra Glorioso and Brett Murphy, will expand the project’s audience to IRE’s network of more than 5,500 journalists.

“The Local Matters team is doing a tremendous service by spotlighting watchdog stories in markets large and small across the country,” IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix said. “We’re eager to help extend the reach and impact of their newsletter to our full network of journalists, educators, students and supporters.”

Local Matters launched in December 2016 and has gained more than 2,200 subscribers. The weekly newsletter curates a list of the best local watchdog and investigative reporting from more than 100 daily newspapers.

“We want to highlight those important pieces of investigative journalism that otherwise would likely have been missed,” Cranney said. “For that purpose, there is no better partner than IRE. They are perhaps the most widely admired and respected organization among the country’s local reporters and editors that go to work every day as the watchdogs for their communities.”

Local Matters contact: Joey Cranney. joseph.cranney@naplesnews.com215-285-9083.

IRE contact: Doug Haddix, doug@ire.org614-205-5420.