Sara Fritz, a groundbreaking journalist, leader of journalism professional organizations, and friend, died of complications following surgery, October 16 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. Fritz served as president of the Fund for Investigative Journalism and served on its board for six years. Her professional accomplishments and personal advocacy for suicide prevention in honor of her son are reported in ...

From Trey Kay, radio documentary producer, “The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom,” a documentary premiering on KUT Radio, Austin, Texas that explores the culture wars over classroom curriculum in Texas. From the release announcing the premiere: “Long Game focuses on the fundamentally different mindsets that are pitted against one another when deciding how to educate the next generation. The ...

(Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce it has received $18,000 in support from the Gannett Foundation to further the Fund’s grant-making and mentoring programs. This grant marks the third year the Gannett Foundation has provided funding for the Fund’s grants for independent investigative reporters and for its mentoring program in partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors. ...

From Ken Silverstein for The Nation, an investigation of dirty foreign money, the luxury Miami real estate it buys, and the political fight to keep the money flowing to Florida. “…Florida’s political leaders have been spearheading the fight against a new Treasury Department rule mandating that foreign banks tell the IRS about accounts held by US taxpayers—and which would, reciprocally, ...

From Amy Lieberman for Women’s Enews, the final part in her series on the hazards faced by transgender women locked up while awaiting immigration and asylum hearings. For example: “ Vidal’s client lives in a dorm with about 20 men and has filed formal complaints alleging an attempted rape, as well as ongoing harassing comments by detainees and guards. ‘I am ...