Even after Hurricane Harvey, the best efforts by Harris County officials to purchase the most flood-prone homes won’t make a dent in the larger problem, according to the Texas Tribune in a collaboration with Reveal and ProPublica. Despite the obvious need and high demand, Harris County, home to Houston, is plagued by challenges endemic to buyout programs. Limited funds, competing ...

As more people seek information about opioid addiction and its consequences, finding unbiased information is extremely difficult, according to a new report by Cat Ferguson for The Verge. In fact, some popular publications that distribute information about addiction and treatment are doubling as marketing arms for treatment centers. Ferguson, who is pursing a broader investigation into how rehab marketers manipulate ...

Now more than ever, freelance and independent journalists are in a precarious position. They lack the protections and resources of major news outlets, and they don’t always have the funding to pursue their crucial investigations that improve our communities and strengthen our democracy. For a half century, the Fund for Investigative Journalism has supported freelance and independent journalists by providing ...

Leaf blowers and other gas-powered lawn and garden machines emit surprisingly large amounts of smog-forming chemicals. But scant research exists on the potential risks to the mostly low-paid immigrant workers who use the equipment for many hours each week. FairWarning commissioned tests that found that levels of hazardous ultra-fine particles were as much as 50 times higher around the machines ...

With gratitude for their service and support, the board and staff of the Fund for Investigative Journalism would like to acknowledge the many individuals and organizations that help investigative reporters hold powerful people and institutions accountable to the public. Major Supporters Reva & David Logan Foundation Jonathan Logan Family Foundation craigslist Charitable Fund Ford Foundation Ethics and Excellence in Journalism ...

Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded 16 new grants, totaling nearly $107,000, to support reporting projects on a host of topics. The money goes toward travel, document fees and other expenses incurred by the freelance and independent journalists so they can pursue their investigations. The journalists receiving grants include: Sandra Bartlett, a Toronto-based journalist Abby Ellis, a ...

The Fund for Investigative Journalism has begun recruiting mentors as part of a revamped mentorship program aimed at providing grant recipients access to some of the country’s best investigative journalists. The relaunched program comes with the financial backing of the Scripps Howard Foundation, which recently gave FIJ $5,000. The gift allows FIJ to offer its mentors modest honoraria for their yearlong commitment ...