A months-long investigation by WAMU reporter Patrick Madden and a team of graduate students from the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University found evidence that many gun possession cases – nearly 4 in 10 – were dismissed in court, raising questions about police tactics in gun searches. The investigation “Collateral Damage” focused on the impact of the Washington police department’s ...

The September 24 deadline to apply for FIJ grants has passed, but it’s not too late to apply for a diversity fellowship. That deadline is Monday, October 1. FIJ will award up to four diversity fellowships in partnership with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting,  InsideClimate News, and the Marshall Project. Details of this fellowship opportunity are here: http://fij.org/fij-launches-new-collaborations-for-next-round-of-diversity-fellowships/ The next ...

As America’s population ages, the need for homecare workers increases as well. FIJ and Schuster Institute Fellow Linda Matchan investigated this burgeoning industry in Massachusetts and found both a shortage of people willing to work in these low paying jobs, as well as a lack of oversight of the people taking care of the state’s elderly and homebound. Matchan covers ...

In the September/October issue of Ebony Magazine (subscription required), FIJ and Schuster Institute Fellow Chandra Thomas Whitfield takes an in-depth look at the troubling statistic that Black women are more likely than any other group of women in the country to be killed in domestic violence incidents. She writes that while media reports tend to highlight crimes committed by strangers, research ...

Grant recipient Maria E. Martin has completed a bilingual web and radio project examining the effects of the Trump administration’s deportation policies on Guatemala. According to her reporting, approximately 200,000 Guatemalans leave for the United States each year. And for the past two years, more than 50,000 Guatemalans have been deported annually. It is estimated that between 1.5 and 2 ...

The Fund for Investigative Journalism seeks Director of Operations The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is seeking a Director of Operations to help the organization fulfill its mission of supporting freelance and independent investigative journalists. The Director of Operations oversees all office operations and procedures to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency and reports directly to the Executive Director. Founded in ...