The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) seeks proposals for investigative projects from independent journalists for grants to cover travel and other reporting expenses. The next deadline has been pushed back to Monday, October 21, 2013, at 5pm EDT. FIJ is interested in proposals that break new ground and expose wrongdoing. Projects from ethnic media are strongly encouraged. FIJ is now accepting applications for domestic and overseas ...

 From author Jennifer Margulis, “The Business of Baby,” published by Scribner. An excerpt: “As this book will show you, time and time again corporate profits and private interests trump what is best for moms and babies. The science is consistently ignored, and practices proven to be harmful are continued. Doctors – even though most have the best possible intentions – often unwittingly ...

Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce that The Reva & David Logan Foundation has awarded $50,000 to support the fund’s grant-making program for independent investigative reporters around the world. In making the donation, The Foundation cited the Fund’s role in “helping to develop the journalistic talents of the future,” as one reason for supporting its grant-making ...

From Steve Fisher for New America Media, the story of an element needed for cell phones, weapons, and hybrid cars – available to be mined in Alaska. Its discovery brings hope to the unemployed, but concern for the environment: “Dysprosium, a “rare-earth” element, is essential in the production of technologies as varied as iPhones, wind turbines, smart bombs and predator drones. China currently ...

From Lee van der Voo, for InvestigateWest and the New York Times, the investigation of a federal anti-poverty program for Alaska fishing communities, which finds that lavish salaries for program leaders and a lack of oversight has undermined progress. Some villages still lack basic necessities such as sanitary toilet facilities for its public health care clinic. An excerpt: “..the results on the ground, ...

From Susan Greene for The Colorado Independent and Huffington Post, the story of the devastating impact of the wide scale use of solitary confinement in US prisons. Her article draws a connection between the recent murder of the chief of Colorado prisons and an inmate who was released after being confined for years in solitary. An excerpt: “Combing through Colorado’s data, Clements ...

From San Francisco Public Press, a series on cap-and-trade, California-style. Among the findings: car pollution will increase, carbon offsets could mean pollution-as-usual, low-carbon power in California could increase emissions elsewhere, and plans to replace forest with tree farms could backfire. But there is good news in some areas, where carbon credits provide incentives for preservation. Start reading the series here. Photo credit: ...

From Hella Winston for The Jewish Week, the Brooklyn DA’s office says it needs more time to prepare its prosecution of an Orthodox Jewish whistleblower who reported sexual abuse. An excerpt: “With the Brooklyn district attorney’s case against chasidic sex abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner seemingly falling apart amid mounting evidence that Kellner’s main accuser may have been manipulated and paid to lodge ...