American Media Institute

The independent source of high-impact investigative journalism

Our “First and Fearless” News Process

News Process

American Media Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) news service, founded by editors from The Wall Street Journal and Reader’s Digest.

American Media Institute: Driving Readers, Reputation and Revenue for News Outlets

The American Media Institute offers investigative news stories on an exclusive basis to major news outlets —for $1 per year. We present thoroughly reported stories (in AP style) that challenge the conventional wisdom, woo readers and win advertisers. We creatively promote our stories to drive readers, reputation, and revenue for news outlets.

American Media Institute: Holding the Powerful Accountable

Fewer reporters are watching the powerful than at any time since Watergate. Our urgent mission is to use investigative reporting to hold accountable all of those in public life—be they in governments, businesses or interest groups.

Our Mission

We use investigative reporting to hold accountable all of those in public life—be they in governments, businesses or interest groups. We provide the stories that news outlets need, but can no longer afford to produce or purchase.

Our Difference

“First and fearless” is our motto and we mean it. We deliver scoops and don’t care who minds. Unlike AP, we offer our stories exclusively. We promote our stories to drive readers, reputation and revenue to our subscribing news outlets.

Why It Matters

The reach of governments, corporations and interest groups is growing faster than ever while fewer journalists are holding them accountable. If no one watches the powerful, abuses multiply. We report and expose and correct.