Reporters rushed to parse through police records in California after new legislation made them public for the first time in nearly 50 years, but the task of filing and reviewing thousands of open-records requests was impossible for newsrooms that had seen budget cuts and lay-offs. That’s when grantees at SoCal Connected helped form the California Reporting Project, made up of some 40 ...

As states across the country fight the COVID-19 pandemic, a lead poisoning epidemic is raging in Connecticut, where weak state laws have done little to help the disproportionately Black and Hispanic victims, according to grantee Jenifer Frank’s new report.Although the state adopted CDC’s strict standards for lead poisoning almost a decade ago, its laws continue to require action only when ...

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 16, 2020 – The Fund for Investigative Journalism today announced that it is partnering with Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. The Ida B. Wells Society For Investigative Reporting is a news trade organization dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting.Under the partnership, three of the Fund’s ...

WASHINGTON, DC, November 13, 2020 – The Fund for Investigative Journalism today announced that its board of directors awarded grants to reporters for 18 new investigative projects in its most recent rounds of funding.The new grantees are working on local, state and national stories, and they are based in 11 states across the U.S. Some of the journalists received emergency ...

The Fund for Investigative Journalism is offering individual coaching and feedback sessions for reporters developing proposals for Diversity Grants that are due November 20.  The 30-minute sessions are an opportunity for reporters to share their proposals, ask questions and get suggestions on how to frame proposals before submitting applications.  To schedule a session, prospective applicants can email grants@fij.org with three blocks of time that ...

An ongoing series from the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting shows that two thirds of juveniles are sentenced to life in prison without parole, even though a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision says such sentences should be “rare.”Shirley Smith’s investigation examined the case of Brett Jones, a Mississippi man who appealed his resentencing to the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard oral ...

Sales of secondhand goods are booming, growing about 3 percent each year, faster than conventional retail. And market researchers project this multibillion-dollar industry will grow exponentially.This surge in secondhand shopping has opened new opportunities for the public to be misled about how much money for-profit retailers are making off the charities they brag about benefiting, according to grantee Francesca Lyman’s ...