Boston Globe and Portland Press Herald partner for Spotlight report
For 50 years, the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team has published hard-hitting investigative work. Its 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning series on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was even turned into a Hollywood movie titled Spotlight in 2015 and bagged two Oscar trophies. Since the film came out, Boston Globe along with Participant, a co-producer of Spotlight have offered the Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship, which awards up to $100,000 to investigative reporters every year.
This year, Boston Globe is partnering with the Portland Press Herald in Maine to produce a multi-part investigative report that will be published by both organizations this fall. The partnership is the first for the program. Boston Globe opened applications to freelance reporters and other newsrooms and multi-reporter teams. From there, the paper selected the Press Herald’s Penelope Overton, who covers the lobster industry, and will be the lead reporter for the Maine newspaper.