From David Krajicek for The Crime Report, an investigation of long sentences that test the question: how much punishment is enough? Focusing on Aaron Johnson of Alabama, convicted after a fourth trial for a 1994 murder, Krajicek writes: “His story is an example of the enduring after-effects of the politicization of American justice through legislated sentencing mandates. A generation ago, ...

The Fund for Investigative Journalism is sending six training fellows to conferences and symposiums across the globe. Marianna Grigoryan, the editor-in-chief and an investigative reporter for MediaLab.am in Yereven, Armenia, recently attended the Logan Symposium in Berlin, which was organized by the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ).   Thoughts About Today and Tomorrow From the Logan CIJ Symposium By Marianna Grigoryan I ...

From Camila Osorio for The New Republic. Is it a new day in Colombia for the millions of peasants who were forcibly displaced from their land by paramilitaries or guerrilla groups during the past several decades? A land restitution law and peace process are in place, but for many, who have been threatened, and know of activists who were murdered, ...

From Estacio Valoi, for Foreign Policy and 100Reporters, the story of violence, including shootings and deaths of small scale miners who dig for rubies on a foreign concession in Montepuez, Mozambique. Photo credit: Estacio Valoi ...

(Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $60,600 in grants to journalists working on 13 projects in the United States and around the world. Grants from FIJ help freelancers and reporters working for nonprofit news organizations cover expenses such as document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and equipment rental fees. The grantees are: ...

(Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism is currently accepting applications for its Monday, May 16 (5 pm Eastern time) deadline. Applications are submitted online. The online form and instructions are available here: Apply for a Grant.  The deadline for the Fall grant cycle is September 26, 2016. The Fund for Investigative Journalism makes grants to freelance and independent reporters who ...

From Pearly Tan, the e-book Cholera in Haiti and the International Coverup exposes how the United Nations initially avoided responsibility for the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti by circulating false information, which also delayed response to the crisis. The source is now known to be the UN peacekeepers who carried the disease from Nepal. When they set up camp in Haiti, the ...

From Maya Dukmasova and Meribah Knight for the Chicago Reader, the story of how political interference halted a promising housing integration program before it had a chance. Dukmasova and Knight are fellows in the Social Justice News Nexus, a program at Northwestern University’s Medill journalism school that brings together graduate students and professional reporters to work on in-depth stories. Credit: Sunshine ...