From Madeline Ostrander, reporting for The Nation, the story of California’s Cap-and-Trade program, and whether it will be fair to communities suffering from the state’s worst air pollution. Excerpts: “California has been nearly alone in its efforts to curtail greenhouse gases, after attempts to pass federal climate legislation collapsed in Congress in 2010 and several states abandoned plans to pursue ...

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The Future Journalism Project, in an interview with Executive Director Sandy Bergo, reports on how the Fund for Investigative Journalism began, and how it continues to make grants to support investigative reporters. Applications for the current round of grants are due today, March 11. Click here to listen to the 10 minute interview.   ...

Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce the continuing generous support  from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, based in Oklahoma City. The Foundation has given a $100,000 grant to support a program of assistance to investigative reporters who are pursuing stories in the public interest, but need funding to cover the expenses of reporting. The ...

From Leah Samuel for PublicSource, the story of “Lottery Losers” and broken promises to use a substantial portion of Lottery proceeds for programs that assist the elderly. An excerpt: “Lottery ticket sales have increased by five percent over the past five years, according to the Pennsylvania Lottery. But funding has decreased overall for county agencies that are supposed to receive lottery proceeds, resulting ...

From Rome, Jason Berry reports for GlobalPost on the battle between the Catholic Church leadership, and the nuns in the United States. In a series of reports entitled, “A New Inquisition: The Vatican’s Investigation of American Nuns,” Berry reports that the Bishops investigating US nuns have poor records on sex abuse cases and that disinformation permeates the Vatican crackdown. From his series: ...

Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce The Herb Block Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support the Fund’s grant-making program for independent investigative reporters. The grant underwrites a program that pays the reporting expenses of reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but lack the resources to complete their projects. ...