The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

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

  • Prison Sexual Abuse

    In City Limits, an investigative magazine that covers New York City, Kelly Virella examines what sexual abuse reports reveal about how New York’s prisons track and investigate sexual misconduct, the history of legal wrangling and labor rules behind prison policies, and the nuances of sex and “romance” in women’s prisons. The investigation reveals facts crucial to understanding and preventing prison sex abuse.

    New York Prison Sexual Abuse

     2011 City Limits – In the May/June issue of City Limits, Kelly Virella examines what sexual abuse reports reveal about how New York’s prisons track and investigate sexual misconduct, the history of legal wrangling and labor rules behind prison policies, and the nuances of sex and “romance” in women’s prisons. The investigation reveals facts crucial to understanding and preventing prison sex abuse.

    Waste Land

    From North Carolina, Rebekah Cowell’s 3 part series reported on how low income communities get stuck with other people’s waste for Independent Weekly, the weekly paper covering The Triangle region of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.

    Part 1.  “The Waste Land: The people of Lincoln Heights live among three city dumps. This is the story of their war on trash.”

    Part 2. “Living on the Edge: Residents endure legacy of old Chatham County landfill.”

    Part 3. “Digging Deeper: In Orange and Guilford counties, neighbors fight landfill expansions.”

    Living on the Edge

    2011 Rebekah Cowell – Reporting a 3 part series in Independent Weekly, The Triangle’s Weekly in North Carolina.

    Part 1.  “The Waste Land: The people of Lincoln Heights live among three city dumps. This is the story of their war on trash.”

    Part 2. “Living on the Edge: Residents endure legacy of old Chatham County landfill.”

    Part 3.  “Digging Deeper: In Orange and Guilford counties, neighbors fight landfill expansions.”

    Chocolate Nations

    Orla Ryan’s Chocolate Nations exposes the true story of how the treat we love makes it onto our supermarket shelves. From bean to bar – where does your chocolate come from? The very word “chocolate” hints of the forbidden and a taste of the decadent. Yet the story behind the chocolate bar is rarely one of luxury. From the thousands of children who work on plantations to the smallholders who harvest the beans, Chocolate Nations reveals the hard economic realities of our favorite sweet. This vivid and gripping exploration of the reasons behind farmer poverty includes the human stories of the producers and traders at the heart of the West African industry. Orla Ryan shows how only a tiny fraction of the cash we pay for a chocolate bar actually makes it back to the farmers, and she sheds light on what Fairtrade really means on the ground.

    Chocolate Nations

    2011  Orla Ryan – From bean to bar – where does your chocolate come from?  Chocolate. The very word hints of the forbidden and a taste of the decadent. Yet the story behind the chocolate bar is rarely one of luxury. From the thousands of children who work on plantations to the smallholders who harvest the beans, Chocolate Nations reveals the hard economic realities of our favorite sweet. This vivid and gripping exploration of the reasons behind farmer poverty includes the human stories of the producers and traders at the heart of the West African industry. Orla Ryan shows how only a tiny fraction of the cash we pay for a chocolate bar actually makes it back to the farmers, and she sheds light on what Fairtrade really means on the ground. Provocative and eye-opening, Chocolate Nations exposes the true story of how the treat we love makes it onto our supermarket shelves.