The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Deadline: Sept. 24, 2018 (11:59 pm Eastern)

  • No Brother of Mine

    No Brother Of MineTodd Melby and Diane Richard’s radio documentary No Brother of Mine offers an unflinching look at U.S. sex offender policy that reaches beyond the headlines and into the lives of real people. Award-winning independent producers Todd Melby and Diane Richard dare to humanize men that society demonizes: convicted sex offenders. Melby and Richard were granted extraordinary access to interview four offenders, first while the subjects were incarcerated in a Minnesota prison, and after being released as they look for work and forge new relationships. Reported over a period of four years, the documentary examines the efficacy of in-prison treatment programs and provides a nuanced examination of law enforcement efforts to keep the public safe using online registration, residency restrictions and civil commitment. The one-hour program aired on public radio stations nationwide, including KFAI (Minneapolis/St. Paul), WBEZ (Chicago), NHPR (New Hampshire Public Radio), KUT (Austin, Texas), KUOW (Seattle) and Minnesota Public Radio. Click here to listen and here for the story behind the story.

    America’s Secret Afghan Prisons

    America's Secret Afghan PrisonsAnand Gopal’s article in The Nation exposed how innocent people were killed in U.S. military raids on homes in Afghanistan; others disappeared following the raids. Conducted at night, these raids are even more feared and hated than Coalition air strikes. Gopal also investigates detainee abuse in secret jails on US military bases in Afghanistan. He reports that prisoner mistreatment shifted to these remote secret “field detention sites” after abuses were exposed at the Bagram Air Base prison. The story, America’s Secret Afghan Prisons prompted a re-examination of U.S. battlefield detention methods in Afghanistan by U.S. military leadership.

    Seeds of Discord

    Seeds of DiscordKenyan Journalist John Kamau unearthed archival documents that for the first time revealed just how land initially occupied by white settlers in colonial Kenya was transferred to politicians and their allies shortly after the country became independent. These unjust land practices have had a lasting impact in Kenya, contributing to political violence after the 2007 elections. Kamau details how funds from both the World Bank and UK Government – meant to settle the landless in the 1960s – were squandered. The series of 22 articles, published by both Daily Nation and Business Daily, collected evidence, named those who masterminded this land-grabbing in Kenya, and demonstrated how this history informs current politics.

    The Suicide Belt

    The Suicide BeltTrevor Aaronson traveled to rural India to investigate the reasons why more than 200,000 Indian farmers have killed themselves in the last decade. Published in Columbia City Paper, The Suicide Belt examined how loans used to buy expensive, genetically modified cotton seeds are trapping subsistence farmers in a cycle of debt that ends in shame and, in the most tragic cases, suicide.

    A Story from Burma’s Never-Ending War

    A Story from Burma's Never-Ending WarMAC McCLELLAND – In the April 2010 issue of Mother Jones, Mac McClelland reports on refugees who are documenting cases of human rights violations, torture, and genocide in Burma. She also turned her research into the book For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question: A Story from Burma’s Never-Ending War, published by Soft Skull Press.

    Shadow of Doubt

    Shadow of DoubtShadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court, by Marites Vitug, is the first book to lift the veil off the elusive Philippine Supreme Court. It looks at the inner workings of the Court, the least scrutinized of the three branches of government, including how the Justices arrive at decisions and the dynamics between the Supreme Court and the executive branch. The secrecy surrounding the Court has a direct impact on the quality of appointments. Vitug writes that loyalty to the appointing power is more important than merit in selecting people for the Supreme Court in the Philippines.

    Human Trafficking

    Human Trafficking In Washington StateTIM MATSUIThe Seattle photojournalist traveled to Cambodia to document human trafficking. His photos and text vividly illustrate the sexual exploitation of poor young women and the labor exploitation of illegal migrant workers. When he returned to the United States, Matsui traveled widely to display his photography, and contributed to a multi-media investigative series on trafficking published online by KUOW Radio (Seattle).

    <b>TIM MATSUI</b> – <a target=blank class=more href=”http://www.timmatsui.com”>The Seattle photojournalist</a> traveled to Cambodia to document human trafficking. He contributed to a multi-media investigative series on trafficking <a target=blank class=more href=”http://www.kuow.org/specials/humantrafficking_resourcelist.php”>published online</a> by <i>KUOW Radio</i> (Seattle).

    Top Predator

    Top PredatorChristopher Pala investigated the activities of a Honolulu-based fishing advisory council called Wespac. He found that it liberally distributed grants and travel perks to leading politicians in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas for years to ensure their loyalty. They then obligingly backed Wespac in vociferously opposing the creation by President George W. Bush of the Marianas Trench National Marine Monument, which would have protected a corner of the Pacific archipelago from commercial fishing. Their campaign resulted in a much smaller protected area than the White House had first envisioned, with few practical benefits.

    TODD MELBY & DIANE RICHARD

    No Brother Of Mine2010 TODD MELBY & DIANE RICHARD – Their radio documentary No Brother of Mine offers an unflinching look at U.S. sex offender policy that reaches beyond the headlines and into the lives of real people. Award-winning independent producers Todd Melby and Diane Richard dare to humanize men that society demonizes: convicted sex offenders. Melby and Richard were granted extraordinary access to interview four offenders, first while the subjects were incarcerated in a Minnesota prison, and after being released as they look for work and forge new relationships. Reported over a period of four years, the documentary examines the efficacy of in-prison treatment programs and provides a nuanced examination of law enforcement efforts to keep the public safe using online registration, residency restrictions and civil commitment. The one-hour program aired on public radio stations nationwide, including KFAI (Minneapolis/St. Paul), WBEZ (Chicago), NHPR (New Hampshire Public Radio), KUT (Austin, Texas), KUOW (Seattle) and Minnesota Public Radio. Click here to listen and here for the story behind the story.

    ANAND GOPAL

    2010 America's Secret Afghan Prisons ANAND GOPAL — Anand Gopal’s article in The Nation exposed how innocent people were killed in U.S. military raids on homes in Afghanistan; others disappeared following the raids. Conducted at night, these raids are even more feared and hated than Coalition air strikes. Gopal also investigates detainee abuse in secret jails on US military bases in Afghanistan. He reports that prisoner mistreatment shifted to these remote secret “field detention sites” after abuses were exposed at the Bagram Air Base prison. The story, America’s Secret Afghan Prisons prompted a re-examination of U.S. battlefield detention methods in Afghanistan by U.S. military leadership.