"All the moves reflect an expanded vision and increased journalistic ambitions," Hilzenrath said.
POGO has a decades-long history of doing watchdog investigations, but traditionally it would give its research to a media organization to report or issue a press release on its findings.
"There are other options than just appearing in the mainstream media," POGO spokesman Joe Newman said.
Newman said POGO's shift reflects the emergence of nonprofit journalism as traditional media outlets have trimmed staff and resources. He emphasized that POGO is not taking any pleasure in seeing newspapers offering buyouts or laying off reporters, but that the group is trying to supplement the resulting loss of coverage.
"It's really opened up the door for new ways of approaching journalism," he said. "The times are changing, journalism is changing and we're looking at ways to fill the gap."
One aspect of POGO that separates it from traditional media outlets is that it maintains an advocacy side. Hilzenrath said the journalistic work would remain separate from any advocacy efforts, likening it to the division between the newsroom and the editorial page at a newspaper.
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