The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is unveiling a new effort to provide immediate emergency grants to U.S.-based freelance investigative journalists working on stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public or private sector. We know the budgets of some journalism news outlets may be stressed during these uncertain economic times, potentially affecting freelance ...

The board of directors of the Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded $91,000 in grants to 11 investigative projects in its most recent round of funding. The grants will help cover the costs of reporting, such as travel, document fees, and other expenses. The grant recipients are: Dagmar Thiel, Frank LaRue, independent journalists based in Washington, D.C. Geoffrey Cain, investigative ...

A small police training company owned by Chicago officers, the International Tactical Training Association (ITTA), has been training units of the police of El Salvador in the use of force, according to a recent report by FIJ grantee Danielle Mackey. According to Mackey’s investigation, the training has no oversight from either the U.S. or Salvadoran governments, although ITTA appears to ...

A counter-extremism grant program funded and administered by the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security lacked transparency and deepened government mistrust among some minority communities it targeted, according to a report by FIJ grantee Julia Harte in The Nation magazine.  As Harte reports, two-thirds of the applications chosen by the Trump administration focused on immigrants or Muslims, mostly ignoring domestic ...