(Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is calling for applications for grants to support independent investigative reporting. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document production and equipment rental. Small stipends may be considered as a part of the grant. The typical grant is $5,000. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 5, at 5pm Eastern time. The Board ...

Washington (February 25, 2014) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Park Foundation, marking the fourth year the Foundation has supported the Fund’s grant-making program for independent journalists. During the past year, with Park Foundation backing, reporters have uncovered stories ranging from crop failures on Midwest farms brought ...

From Audrey Quinn, for Life of the Law, the story of mothers who give birth in prison. An excerpt: A Department of Corrections study found having a baby in a prison nursery makes a woman twice as likely to stay out of prison later. Byrne decided to conduct her own research, following sixty of the babies from the Bedford prison nursery ...

The documentary “Private Violence,” directed by Cynthia Hill, has debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film tells the story of two women, a domestic violence advocate who was victimized herself years ago, and a young mother who, with the advocate’s help, fought in court to keep her abusive ex-husband in prison. The documentary will air on HBO this fall. For ...

From Rong Xiaoqing, for Sing Tao Daily, translated into English for Voices of NY, a deeply reported story of the mental health consequences for some American students at one highly competitive high school in New York City. An excerpt: “For many academically competitive students, Stuyvesant is the ultimate goal. But once you get in, everyone is so competitive. You have to stay at ...

From Rocco Rorandelli for CNN World, the story of teens working in American tobacco fields. An excerpt: In many states, children as young as 12 can legally work on a farm as long as it’s after school and they have their parents’ permission. “It doesn’t specify whether the farm is producing corn or tobacco, but … the kid who works in ...

The Miami Herald has picked up BrowardBulldog.org’s investigation of lobbyists operating in the shadows of Florida government. The in-depth report found broad loopholes in otherwise tough requirements for lobbyist disclosure and registration in Florida. (An excerpt):  .. Florida’s independent special districts are a separate class of government — a hodgepodge of obscure taxing and other authorities that, with few exceptions, offer the public ...

(Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded $76,000 in grants to support 18 investigative reporting projects in the United States and abroad. The Fund makes grants three to four times a year, averaging $5,000, to journalists who have ideas and sources, but need financial resources to conduct interviews and gather public records and data. The next deadline to submit ...

(Washington DC) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism announced today that two distinguished leaders in the journalism profession have been elected to its board of directors. The new board members are: Marcia Bullard, former President and Chief Executive Officer of USA WEEKEND, current chair of America’s Charities. Milton Coleman, retired Senior Editor of the Washington Post, past president of the ...