The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded a $1.7 million grant to The Center for Public Integrity.

The Center for Public Integrity said it will use the funds from the grant to hire chief digital officer John Solomon, who led investigative teams at the Associated Press and The Washington Post; develop new ways to select, produce, and deliver stories; redesign its Web site; launch the Ujima Project, an open-source computer-assisted reporting tool for investigative reporters internationally; help produce at least 30 new major reporting projects over the next two years; and experiment with new fundraising models and for-profit revenue streams.

Center for Public Integrity executive director Bill Buzenberg said, “The Center is now poised to deliver its brand of investigative journalism faster and better than ever before while creating new revenue streams for additional investigative staffing and sustainability.”

Knight Foundation vice president for journalism Eric Newton added, “America needs investigative journalism, and investigative journalism needs new funding sources. The Center for Public Integrity will use digital technology to turn those needs into an opportunity to show what can be done.”