The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Deadline: May 13, 2019 (11:59 pm Eastern)

  • Addicted in Puerto Rico, Homeless in Chicago

    SONY DSCFrom Adriana Cardona-Maguigad, a fellow at the Social Justice News Nexus, at Northwestern University, reporting for This American Life and WBEZ-Chicago: the government of Puerto Rico buys one-way tickets to send drug addicts to Chicago, with promises of drug treatment and housing. But the addicts get no treatment and no housing. If they want to go back home, they’re on their own.

    [Major funding for this report was provided by the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation and The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, with additional funding from The Gannett Foundation and the Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Adriana Cardona-Maguigad

    “Dirty Little Souvenirs”

    Off-Rio-Bravo2From Kent Paterson for Frontera NorteSur, part one of an investigation of the legacy of a demolished 100-year old plant in El Paso Texas. The Asarco smelter is gone but the metal contamination in surrounding neighborhoods lives on. In part two and part three, Paterson investigates the impact on workers’ health.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Bob Chessey

    Fund for Investigative Journalism – Logan Fellows Announced

    (Washington) Four journalists whose work has been supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) are headed next week to the 2015 Logan Symposium, hosted by the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program.

    Over the course of three days, invited journalists, academics, government officials, and philanthropists will hear presentations by new players in the field of investigative journalism – such as The Marshall Project, Gawker Media, BuzzFeed, and First Look Media – learn about innovative storytelling techniques, and discuss the state of nonprofit investigative reporting.

    A generous grant from the Reva and David Logan Foundation allowed the Fund for Investigative Journalism – Logan fellows to attend the 2015 Symposium.

    The Reva and David Logan Foundation, one of FIJ’s major supporters, also endowed a chair in investigative journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, now held by Lowell Bergman.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism – Logan fellows are:

    *Zahra Burton, founder of Global Reporters for the Caribbean, which reported on police shootings in the Dominican Republic with grant support from FIJ.

    *Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern, co-authors of Eternal Harvest, a book documenting the enduring hazards of bombs dropped over Laos by the American military during the Vietnam War. Those bombs are still exploding today, and have killed or injured more than 20,000 Laotian people since the end of the war. Coates and Redfern were supported by an FIJ grant.

    *Camila Osorio, a New York University graduate student whose FIJ-sponsored investigation will appear in both New York and Colombian news outlets.

    Chinese Factory Workers: Poisoned and Unprotected

    chinahealthcare-932x621From Michael Blanding and Heather White for Wired, the story of workers at many electronics factories in China: exposed to toxic industrial chemicals, then abused by the workers’ compensation system. Responsibility is buried along many tiers of sub-contractors. Heather White’s video dramatizes the human cost.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Green Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Sim Chi Yin

    Park Foundation Supports Investigative Journalism Grants

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is pleased to announce that The Park Foundation has awarded $50,000 in support of FIJ’s grant-making program for independent investigative reporters. This marks the fifth year the Foundation has supported investigative projects screened and selected by FIJ’s board of directors.

    During the past year, with Park Foundation backing, reporters have exposed how rare it is for the federal government to prosecute corporate environmental crime, the pay-to-play culture connecting political money and government contractors in the District of Columbia, and the hazards of transporting explosive crude oil across America by train – along the country’s aging railroad tracks and trestles.

    The Park Foundation support helps underwrite FIJ’s program of grants for independent reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but need help with travel and other expenses.

    Headquartered in Ithaca New York, The Park Foundation’s media program supports investigative journalism, public broadcasting programs, and documentaries. The Foundation also supports higher education, environmental causes, animal welfare, community needs and sustainability initiatives in and around Ithaca.

    Juvenile or Adult Court? In Louisiana, It Varies

    JoshFrom Caitlin McNally for the New Orleans Advocate: In Louisiana, the decision to try a juvenile as an adult depends on the Parish where the crime took place, and the prosecutor in charge. At stake: adult sentences are longer; prison time is served with adult criminals. McNally reports on the fate of one teen charged with armed robbery. View the video and story here. The Advocate’s investigation finds that young offenders in New Orleans are much more likely to face adult court, and adult time. Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Caitlin McNally

    The Herb Block Foundation Supports Investigative Reporting

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is pleased to announce The Herb Block Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant in support of FIJ’s grant-making program for independent investigative reporters.

    The award was made as part of The Herb Block Foundation’s “Defending Basic Freedoms” program, which supports projects that work to safeguard freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, that fight against prejudice and discrimination, and that hold the government accountable to the public.

    The Foundation was established with funds bequeathed by The Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herb Block, whose life’s work was devoted to exposing abuses of power. The cartoonist won three Pulitzer Prizes and shared in a fourth.

    This marks the second year that The Herb Block Foundation has granted general support for FIJ’s grants for investigative reporters.