The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Application Deadline

    Monday Sept. 26, 2016 - 5pm Eastern Time
  • How FIJ Helped to Uncover the My Lai Massacre

    Seymour HershClick here to hear veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh tell how – with financial support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism – he learned about the massacre of civilians in Vietnam, how he tracked down Lt. William Calley and, in so doing, changed the world’s perception of American intervention in Southeast Asia. It demonstrates how small grants from our fund have enabled talented journalists to produce big, important stories, changing the course of history.

    Blood Rubies: A Troubling Pattern of Violence

    May 11th, 2016

    Rubi scenes DSC_0114 (4)From Estacio Valoi, for Foreign Policy and 100Reporters, the story of violence, including shootings and deaths of small scale miners who dig for rubies on a foreign concession in Montepuez, Mozambique.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Estacio Valoi

    Investigative Grants Awarded

    May 3rd, 2016

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $60,600 in grants to journalists working on 13 projects in the United States and around the world. Grants from FIJ help freelancers and reporters working for nonprofit news organizations cover expenses such as document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and equipment rental fees.

    The grantees are:

    Yvette Cabrera, investigative reporter and Voice of OC contributor

    Marianna Grigoryan, Yerevan based investigative reporter and editor

    Roy Gutman, freelance correspondent covering the Middle East

    Oscar Lopez, a Mexican-Australian freelance journalist

    Robert McClure, InvestigateWest, a Seattle-based investigative journalism center

    Lauren Mills, IowaWatch reporter and assistant editor

    Mark Olalde, Johannesburg-based freelance journalist from Chicago

    Eilis O’Neill, radio and print reporter

    Steve Rabey, veteran religion journalist and author

    Aaron Wiener, senior editor, Mother Jones magazine

    Kate Willson, a Portland-based freelance journalist

    Margaret Wright, freelance journalist based in New Mexico

    The next deadline for grant applications is Monday, May 16.

     

    Investigative Reporting Grants: Application Deadline Approaching

    May 3rd, 2016

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism is currently accepting applications for its Monday, May 16 (5 pm Eastern time) deadline. Applications are submitted online. The online form and instructions are available here: Apply for a Grant.  The deadline for the Fall grant cycle is September 26, 2016.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism makes grants to freelance and independent reporters who have ideas, sources, and tips, but need resources to pursue investigative stories. A typical grant is $5,000 and covers reporting costs such as travel and data retrieval; small stipends are also considered.

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    Cholera in Haiti and the International Coverup

    May 3rd, 2016

    haitipic1From Pearly Tan, the e-book Cholera in Haiti and the International Coverup exposes how the United Nations initially avoided responsibility for the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti by circulating false information, which also delayed response to the crisis. The source is now known to be the UN peacekeepers who carried the disease from Nepal. When they set up camp in Haiti, the disease spread to the main river that flows through the country, the source of water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. From Haiti, cholera has since spread to other countries, and killed at least 9,000 people.

    The e-book is available through ITunes.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Pearly Tan

    The Desegregation Plan That Never Had a Chance

    May 2nd, 2016

    Erika at the Jackson Red Line with street performers in the background.From Maya Dukmasova and Meribah Knight for the Chicago Reader, the story of how political interference halted a promising housing integration program before it had a chance. Dukmasova and Knight are fellows in the Social Justice News Nexus, a program at Northwestern University’s Medill journalism school that brings together graduate students and professional reporters to work on in-depth stories.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Credit: Sunshine Tucker / Chicago Reader

    Prestigious Journalism Awards Honor “No-Jail Jailers” Series

    April 22nd, 2016

    County-Jailer-Boone-Mahon-800x533The “No-Jail Jailers” investigation from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has been honored with two top news industry awards: a national Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for radio investigative journalism, and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

    The investigation exposed a system in Kentucky that wasted $2 million a year, paying 41 elected jailers and deputies in counties that have no jails. The investigation was supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, with funding from The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    IRE judges commented: “The project stood out for the thorough data-driven reporting and the way its engaging interviews made for good radio.”

    Photo credit: Jacob Ryan

    Secret Meetings? Who’s to Know?

    April 13th, 2016

    Save Our FarmsMiranda Spivack for the Columbia Journalism Review documents the decline of local news coverage, and the rise of community activists to fill the vacuum.  She examines the impact on small town governance: less accountability to open meetings laws, diminished  coverage of meetings, and more single source reporting.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Miranda Spivack

    It’s Not Just Elephants Being Slaughtered; Smaller Animals are Caught by Poachers, Too

    April 11th, 2016

    Patrol_01From Laura Krantz for Takepart.com, the story of bushmeat poaching, its effect on Africa’s ecosystems and what’s being done to stop it.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Laura Krantz

    Park Foundation Supports Investigative Journalism

    April 1st, 2016

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is proud to announce that it has received renewed funding from the Park Foundation, the Ithaca New York based foundation. The Park Foundation, a major supporter of public interest media,  environmental concerns, and other sustainability issues, has been an FIJ supporter since 2010.

    The Park Foundation awarded $50,000 which will allow FIJ to make eight competitively awarded grants and launch as many domestic investigations by independent investigative reporters during the coming year. The grants will be awarded during the course of three FIJ grant cycles starting in May and continuing through early 2017.

    During the past year, Park funding has been responsible for investigations by FIJ-supported journalists of immigration detention centers, failures of the criminal justice system, environmental hazards, and much more.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism, founded in 1969, makes grants to independent investigative journalists to cover the costs of reporting, such as document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and rental fees for multi-media production equipment. A typical grant is $5,000.

    In 2015, FIJ grantees produced more than fifty investigative stories in the United States and around the world.

    FIJ relies on the support of individuals and foundations. Donations can be made online, www.fij.org, or by mail to the Fund for Investigative Journalism, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th floor, Washington DC 20045.

     

    The Sex Abuse Scandal that Devastated a Megachurch

    March 22nd, 2016

    megachurch_featuredFrom Tiffany Stanley for Washingtonian Magazine, an investigation into child sexual abuse within a 40-year-old, global evangelical ministry. A scandal ensued after former church members accused pastors of mishandling abuse reports involving congregation members, for decades.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo of former Covenant Life Church member Pam Palmer and daughter Renee, by Kate Warren