Reporter Hella Winston and editor Robert Goldblum have received an Honorable Mention for their series “Child Sexual Abuse in the Ultra-Orthodox Community” by the The Journalism Center on Children and Families, which awards the Casey Medal for Meritoroius Journalism. The series ran in The Jewish Week (New York). The award citation reads: “The ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has a long history of handling ...

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock reports on why Alaska authorities had shelved the homicide investigation into the shooting death of a young boy, Durga Owens,  in a remote area north of Fairbanks. Listen to her two-part report on Alaska Public Radio. ...

It’s been an extraordinary year for journalists working with support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.  In recent months, ten FIJ-supported grantees have been recognized for exemplary work just completed, or in progress. Trevor Aaronson, writing for Mother Jones, won first place in the national/international category of the Data Journalism Awards, an international competition, for his article, “The Informants.” Aaronson ...

Reporting for MSNBC.com, Robert McClure of InvestigateWest finds that city and state parks around the country are being developed into golf courses, condominium – hotel complexes, and parking garages, all to raise funds for cash-starved government bodies. This, despite promises to maintain open and recreational space that relied on federal funds for land acquisition and improvements. The National Park Service has an oversight ...

Reporting for the Atlantic, Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellman describe the fate of girls in Pakistan: aborted and abandoned by families who prefer boys. The birth of a girl is cause for mourning in a country where parents calculate the cost of having male or female children. As their report explains: “A recent United Nations report on sex selection cites the Population Council’s research that ...

Kevin Heldman reports in Capital New York about the origins of a murderous Albanian crime syndicate: Tirana, Albania. He traveled there to meet their crew members, and has filed the first part in a series. He tracked down one of the crime syndicate’s former enforcers to a town two hours from Tirana: “He worked primarily as muscle and as a driver for ...

WASHINGTON – The Board of Directors of the Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded $104,000 in grants for 26 independent investigative projects in the United States and overseas. The grants provide the resources necessary to travel, interview sources, and research documentary evidence. The Fund’s grant-making program is made possible by support from the Park Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, the Ethics and ...

FairWarning’s investigation of the billboard industry and its regulators finds illegal, poisonous, tree-clearing practices: “Robert J. Barnhart was a crew chief for a billboard company, and a soldier in a war on trees. Trees were the enemy if they spoiled the view of a billboard. On days of an attack, Barnhart, 27, would arrive by dawn at Lamar Advertising Co. ...

(Mongolia) – As Daniel Grossman reports for Public Radio International’s The World: “Mongolia’s nomadic herders make up roughly half the country’s population, but their traditional lifestyle is seriously threatened by climate change.  ..Grossman recently met with a family of nomads who are being affected by the changes and an American scientist who’s chronicling them.” The sudden hot spells and cold ...