(Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism is proud to announce that Idris Akinbajo, whose investigation of mismanagment of Nigerian government programs to fight poverty and meet basic standard-of-living goals, called “Millennium Development Goals,” was supported by the Fund, has been honored as “Nigerian Investigative Journalist of the Year 2012.” The announcement, made in Abeokuta, Nigeria, said this about Akinbajo: “The judges said he brought ...

WASHINGTON – The Board of Directors of the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $60,000 in grants for 16 independent investigative projects in the United States and overseas. The grants pay expenses such as travel, document collection, and small stipends. The Fund’s grant-making program is made possible by support from the Park Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence ...

Isaiah Thompson, reporting for the Philadelphia City Paper, exposes how law enforcement authorities seize money from innocent people. Here is an excerpt: “By way of a process known as “civil asset forfeiture,” carried out in Philly by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the DA may sue to take ownership of confiscated property and, if successful, keep it. The law’s intent is ...

Barbara Moran, reporting for the Connecticut Health I-Team, discovers a toxic, overlooked environmental concern in industrial laundry facilities. An excerpt: Laundering shop and print towels, which are cloths used to wipe oil, solvent and other chemicals off machinery can fuel the release of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) above federal limits. The use and processing of shop towels is largely under-regulated, despite ...