Investigative Post announced today an editorial partnership with City & State, an award-winning political website and magazine based in Manhattan.
As part of this collaboration, Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney will write a monthly column in City & State magazine about politics and government in Western New York. City & State will also publish other Investigative Post content, including original reporting developed exclusively for C&S, as well as articles originally written for Investigative Post’s website.
“Investigative Post is an ideal partner for City & State in our effort to expand our coverage of Western New York and the relationship between New York and Canada,” said City & State’s Publisher Andrew Holt.
“As Western New York has increasingly become a focus of Albany, it only makes sense that there is a news organization that directly connects the power brokers and interest groups in the Capitol with the movers and shakers of Buffalo and Erie County.
“Jim Heaney and Investigative Post have the reportorial chops and institutional knowledge to help give our readers the insider’s perspective of Western New York politics they have come to expect from City & State’s coverage of Albany and New York City,” Holt said.
Founded by Heaney, a former investigative reporter for The Buffalo News, the two-year-old Investigative Post is dedicated to covering Western New York’s government, politics, economy and environment.
It distributes its reporting through its website; WGRZ-TV, the NBC affiliate for Buffalo; and Artvoice, the region’s alternative newsweekly. Selected content is also distributed through WBFO FM, the region’s NPR outlet, and The Buffalo News. Through this distribution network, Investigative Post stories reached an accumulated audience of 6 million readers, viewers and listeners last year, double that of 2012.
“I’m excited at the prospect of partnering with another independent news organization,” Heaney said. “Investigative Post and City & State might be the two fastest growing news organizations in New York and we’re thrilled at the prospect of teaming with them to reach a statewide audience.”
Over the past two years, City & State has broadened its coverage to focus more specifically on Western New York. In 2012, C&S hosted a free all-day Candidate College in Buffalo that taught the ins and outs of running for office. City & State also hosted a night of primary debates that covered two Assembly races and the Democratic contest for State Senate between the incumbent Tim Kennedy and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.
More recently, City & State TV went on location to Western New York, filming in-depth video interviews with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo City Council Darius Pridgen, Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy and Buffalo Niagara Partnership President & CEO Dottie Gallagher-Cohen.