InvestigativeMEDIA’s John Dougherty finalist for Virg Hill Journalist of the Year

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Today, the Arizona Press Club announced that John Dougherty of Investigative Media is one of three finalists for the 2014 Virg Hill Journalist of the year award. Dougherty was recognized for his reporting on the Yarnell Hill Fire tragedy which resulted in the deaths of 19 firefighters last June. His stories were published in the New Times and on the Investigative Media website.

Dougherty is a three time winner of this award and a runner up twice.  The winner will be announced on May 31 in Phoenix, Arizona.

InvestigativeMedia Announces Online Digital Release of "Cyanide Beach"

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Rimrock, AZ -InvestigativeMEDIA, LLC is pleased to announced that its documentary “Cyanide Beach” is now available for free public distribution.

“Help us make this video go viral as part of our effort to inform the public about the shady business background of the speculators who want to destroy the Santa Rita Mountains with a massive open-pit copper mine,” filmmaker John Dougherty said. [Read more…]

UPDATE: August 23 screening of “Cyanide Beach” is at capacity; Additional screening scheduled for August 27th in Tucson

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[Update: All seats for the August 23 premiere of “Cyanide Beach have reserved.  An additional screening is scheduled for, Monday, August 27 at 7:00 PM, at the Crossroads Theater.  Admission is free, but RSVP today to secure your seat. InvestigativeMEDIA founder John Dougherty will answer questions following the screening.]

What does a small town in Sardinia, Italy have in common with the pitched battle over the proposed Rosemont copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson?

The same Canadian mining speculators that are now seeking government permits to blast a mile-wide, half-mile deep hole in the Santa Rita Mountains and dump waste rock and mine tailings on more than 3,000 acres of the Coronado National Forest once owned and operated an open-pit gold mine in Sardinia.

What happened near the iconic Sardinian farming town of Furtei provides crucial insight into what could happen here, in southern Arizona.

InvestigativeMEDIA, LLC’s 23-minute video documentary “Cyanide Beach” tells an important and timely story that anyone interested in the Rosemont copper mine project needs to know.

Please attend one of our future showings or contact us if you would like to show Cyanide Beach to your group. Also, be sure to be added to our mailing list to receive notice of future screenings.

Sheriff Joe’s world crumbles

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The controversial Arizona cop is prepping for a possible trial. But already, his closest allies have fallen.

By John Dougherty

PHOENIX–With fresh calls for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to face a federal criminal trial, many are predicting the end of his controversial career. What few people realize outside metropolitan Phoenix is how much Arpaio’s world has already fallen apart around him.

Continue reading the story that first appeared in Salon.com here.