The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Application Deadline

    Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 - 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.

    The Reva and David Logan Foundation Supports Investigative Journalism

    July 29th, 2014

    Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce that The Reva and David Logan Foundation has awarded $75,000 to help underwrite the Fund’s grant-making program for independent journalists around the world.

    This is the second year that the Fund has received a grant from The Reva and David Logan Foundation.

    The Logan family foundation’s donation in 2013 was instrumental in expanding the Fund’s grant-making program beyond the United States; it helped finance critically needed reporting of abuses around the globe, in places such as Armenia, Fiji, and Kashmir.

    “We are grateful for the support from the Logan family foundation, which comes at a time when investigative reporting is needed more and more around the world,” said Ricardo Sandoval Palos, president of the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. “The Logan contribution will not only underwrite investigative work of journalists abroad, but will help us make training on investigative tools and methods available to a number of promising journalists.”

    The Logans’ generosity also helps the Fund meet a Challenge Grant goal.  The net result is a matching $25,000 donation to the Fund from The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    The Reva and David Logan Foundation supports several high-impact investigative journalism organizations, including The Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, The Centre for Investigative Journalism in London, FRONTLINE and The Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California – Berkeley.

    The Foundation has also endowed a distinguished chair in investigative reporting at UC – Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, held by veteran investigative journalist, Lowell Bergman. The Foundation also sponsors the annual Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting at the university. The 2014 Symposium brought together reporters, editors, students and philanthropists to discuss legal, safety, and financial risks faced by investigative reporters and their sources.

    When asked why his charitable giving supported investigative journalism, The Foundation’s founder, David Logan, said he considered journalism “the guardian of the public interest.”

    David Logan passed away in 2011.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is an independent, nonprofit organization that has supported hundreds of public service reporting projects since 1969, when it provided travel expenses for Seymour Hersh to investigate the massacre of civilians by American soldiers in My Lai, Vietnam.

    In addition to Hersh, many renowned journalists received grants from the Fund early in their careers, including Lowell Bergman, Elizabeth Drew, Alan Berlow, Sandy Close, and Daniel Zwerdling.

    The Fund pays expenses and small stipends for independent reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but need resources to get the work done.

    The Fund makes grants three to four times a year. The next deadline for applications is Monday, September 8, 2014. The typical grant is around $5,000.

    During the past two years, the Fund has awarded $460,000 in investigative reporting grants.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism also receives support from The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Nara Fund, and individual donors — many referred by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

    Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC, a national commercial law firm with a broad portfolio of community service and pro bono clients.

    Pro bono business advisory services are provided by Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor of Finance at The American University’s Kogod School of Business.

    The Fund 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.

     

    In Fiji, a “Worthless” Precaution

    July 28th, 2014

    Fiji teacherReporting from Fiji, site of an $8.7 million get-away from rising sea levels in the Pacific, Christopher Pala reports the purchase had no clear purpose: “…while [Kiribati president Anote] Tong’s warnings of impending doom for atoll dwellers have brought him a measure of fame abroad and even a panel that nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize, in Kiribati they elicit confusion in some people and derision in others.

    “A lot of people now worry about climate change,” said Tealoy Pupu, a 20-year-old student, as she lay pandanus leaves out to dry. “We just don’t know what to think.”

    Tong’s predecessor as president, Teburoro Tito, had read the scientific studies on atoll dynamics. “The scientists tell us that our reefs are healthy and can grow and rise with the sea level, so there is absolutely no need to buy land in Fiji or anywhere else,” he said emphatically. “How can we ask for foreign aid when we spend our own money on such foolish things?”

    “We know that the whole reef structure can grow at 10 to 15 mm a year, which is faster than the expected sea-level rise,” confirmed Paul Kench, an atoll geo-morphologist at the University of Auckland.” 

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

    Photo credit: Christopher Pala/IPS

    Applications Due September 8

    July 9th, 2014

    (Washington) The upcoming deadline for applications is Monday, September 8 at 5pm Eastern Time. The Fund for Investigative Journalism is currently accepting proposals to investigate stories in the United States and abroad. The Fund supports work done in all media, as long as the applicant can provide a letter from an executive of a media outlet, committing to run the story – as long as it fulfills the proposal and meets the outlet’s journalistic standards.

    On this home page, click on “Apply for a Grant” for detailed instructions. If you have further questions about the application process, call 202-662-7564 or email fundfij@gmail.

     

    Green Park Foundation Supports Investigative Journalism

    June 9th, 2014

    Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce The Green Park Foundation has awarded $25,000 to support the Fund’s grant-making program for independent journalists around the world.

    The Foundation grant underwrites the Fund’s program in the United States and abroad to pay expenses for independent reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but need resources to get the work done.

    The Green Park Foundation’s support over the years has been responsible for enterprise reporting on climate change issues, including the investigation of an energy project in Papua New Guinea that triggered a deadly landslide – and which received US financial backing despite being at cross purposes with President Obama’s pledge to phase out fossil fuels.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is also supported by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Nara Fund, and individual donors, many of them referred by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

    Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC, a national commercial law firm with a broad portfolio of community service and pro bono clients.

    Pro bono business advisory services are provided by Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor of Finance at The American University’s Kogod School of Business.

    The Fund makes grants three to four times a year. In the past two years, the Fund has awarded more than $400,000 in investigative reporting grants. The typical grant is around $5,000.

    The Fund 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.

    Award for Mental Health Investigation

    June 6th, 2014

    Stuy auditoriumRong Xiaoqing of the Chinese-language Sing Tao Daily has won a Deadline Club Award from the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, for her story: “The Dark Corner in an Elite High School – Mental Health of Successful Students Needs More Attention.” Rong’s story was a deeply reported examination of the mental health consequences for some students at the highly competitive Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan.

    Rong also placed second in the Ippies Award for investigative reporting. The award, sponsored the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, honors work by ethnic and community media in New York. The judges’ comment: “The story showed diligent research on a sensitive and rarely examined subject.”

    Forced Labor Conditions in Thailand

    June 4th, 2014

    Pineapple fieldMatt Rusling reports from Kanchanaburi, Thailand for BorderlessNews on abusive labor brokers who supply workers for the food processing industry.

    An excerpt: “Aye” sat cross-legged on a concrete floor and described the violence she has witnessed since she started working at the fruit processing plant. “There are cases where people end up in hospitals – I’m talking broken legs, hands and fractured ribs,” she said, requesting that Borderless not use her real name out of fear of reprisals. “These abuses are always happening but committed secretly. It has been like that for a long time. Someone who dares inform about it can disappear,” she said.

     

     

    Millions Upon Millions Spent on Power Plants – But Never Built

    June 4th, 2014

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    The warning signs were there, but disregarded. Rone Tempest reports on state and federal dollars wasted on a failed Wyoming energy project that had promised to provide electricity throughout the American Southwest.

    An excerpt: The Two Elk saga is made up of intertwined stories: one man’s outsized dream; Wyoming’s desire to believe in energy castles in the air, kept aloft by taxpayer dollars; and the federal government’s failure to bring anyone down to earth, until millions of dollars in public money had been squandered. It is, in short, a case study of territorial ambition, personal greed, political nepotism, government malfeasance, and a highly creative interpretation of federal tax laws.

    FBI to Citizen: Inform, or Else

    May 7th, 2014

    Naji Mansour Mother JonesNick Baumann, for Mother Jones, tells the story of Naji Mansour, an American citizen living abroad who refused to become an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He and his family suffered the consequences.

    From the article:  Two weeks into his detention, Naji’s jailers escorted him from his cell into a clean, bright room, where at last he saw a familiar face, a fellow American. It was an FBI agent he’d met with in the past. The agent told Naji that he could end his nightmare. “Help me help you,” he said.

    And here is a transcript and audio of FBI agents interviewing Mansour.

    Photo credit: David Degner.

    Burn Wood to Save the Climate? In a Word: No.

    May 7th, 2014

    biomass_03From Robert McClure for InvestigateWest and The Tyee, of British Columbia Canada, an investigation of the green energy claims from backers of burning “biomass” for fuel. In theory, the plants and trees burned are renewable, and therefore “green” as a source of energy.  But the smoke produced clouds the sunny portrait of a carbon-neutral alternative.

    Photo credit: Paul Joseph Brown/ecosystemphoto.com

    How U. S. Loan Enabled Environmental Destruction

    May 6th, 2014

    07-Landslide From Ian Shearn, published in The Nation, the story of a U.S. government decision to make a $3 billion loan which contradicted President Obama’s pledge to address climate change by phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. Shearn uncovered evidence that the project was the cause of a deadly landslide and has continuing disastrous impacts on the local environment and communities of Papua New Guinea.

    The Huffington Post also ran a compelling short documentary on the story with interviews from local residents, and officials.

    An excerpt from The Nation article: “The ExxonMobil loan was hardly the only exception to [President Obama's] stated position. Since Obama took office, the Export-Import Bank has invested more than $27 billion in fossil fuel endeavors, while lending less than $2 billion to clean energy projects.”

    Photo credit: Olivier Pollet