– New England Center for Investigative Reporting – Reporters Sarah Favot, Kirsten Berg and Jenna Ebersole find profound inequities in the application of Massachusetts law passed to crack down on juvenile “super predators.’’ “One 16-year-old went looking for pot at a Brookline High School graduation party, then shot the guest of honor in the chest when he got a racial slur instead. The other 16-year-old stabbed ...

The cover story for the January 2012 issue of Harper’s Magazine is Christopher Ketcham’s “Stop Payment!” which discusses efforts to rally homeowners to fight back and file lawsuits, if their mortgages were packaged for sale as financial products. Leading the efforts, and Ketcham’s story, are the people behind the National Homeowners Cooperative and the website Protect America’s Dream. Ketcham also discusses the landmark Landmark ...

Portland, Maine – Colin Woodard’s fascinating investigative profile of Maine’s governor, written for The Portland Phoenix, explains how an improbable candidate and the Tea Party movement combined to win Paul LePage state-wide office. “ LePage’s actions in his first year in office suggest  that his poverty-to-power experience has led him to see the world from the top  down, and that helping the poor is best ...

Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is putting out a special call for proposals taking a sharply focused, investigative approach to two important public policy issues:  1) economic inequities in America, and 2) climate change. These special grant opportunities have been made possible with a $50,000 grant from the Green Park Foundation. Grant proposals will be reviewed and voted upon by the ...

Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism has moved to the National Press Club, on the 13th floor of the National Press Building in Washington DC. The office is located in the newly renovated Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, also home to the Press Club’s Journalism Institute which offers training, panel discussions and other professional development programs for journalists and ...

 The  American Journalism Review reports on the Schuster Institute’s initiative to create fellowships for Fund of Investigative Journalism grantees: “‘Until someone figures out how to get more hours into a day than 24, it is absolutely mandatory that we find ways to collaborate,'” says Florence Graves, founding director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. So about a year ago, when ...

The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) in Washington, D.C. announce the launch of the Schuster Institute & Fund for Investigative Journalism Fellowships, an innovative investigative journalism collaboration with reporting on vital social justice and human rights issues as its core mission—reporting now endangered in mainstream newsrooms. Based at Brandeis University’s ...

2011 Bob Butler and Jessica Williams report for The Lens – “Each day, after wrapping up work as a streetcar operator, Kisa Holmes drives by to check on the house she bought in the Upper 9thWard just weeks before Hurricane Katrina – a house that now sits empty, gutted and deteriorating because she can’t afford to fix it…. Before making the first ...

New Orleans – As Bob Butler and Jessica Williams report for The Lens, “Each day, after wrapping up work as a streetcar operator, Kisa Holmes drives by to check on the house she bought in the Upper 9th Ward just weeks before Hurricane Katrina – a house that now sits empty, gutted and deteriorating because she can’t afford to fix it…. ...

2011 Rob Gurwitt of the Connecticut Health I-Team – “Each time John Dempsey Hospital performs a cardiac valve surgery, the hospital receives a median payment of $82,589 from Medicare – about $23,000 more than the median paid to Danbury Hospital for the same surgical procedure. A pacemaker implant at Dempsey, part of the University of Connecticut, costs Medicare about $20,000—$2,200 more ...