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By Eric Ferrero, Executive DirectorNobody noticed when 8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared from the Washington, DC, homeless shelter where she was living with her family in 2014. By the time authorities finally declared her missing, 18 days had passed since anyone had seen her. Relisha has never been found.A new podcast, “Through the Cracks,” revisits Relisha’s disappearance – asking whether it ...

Fund will provide expedited review for urgent stories on any topic and follow-up grants after initial investigations runWASHINGTON, DC, February 11, 2021 – To help investigative journalists increase the impact of their reporting, the Fund for Investigative Journalism announced today that it is launching two new grantmaking initiatives: expedited grants for urgent stories and follow-up grants for timely stories after initial ...

The Fund for Investigative Journalism partnered with the Native American Journalists Association to hold an online forum on localizing the “Land Grab Universities” story.The groundbreaking investigative report, by grantees Tristan Ahtone and Robert Lee showed how colleges and universities continue to benefit from nearly 11 million acres of land taken from Native Americans in the 1800s. This forum includes tips, insights ...

By Eric Ferrero, Executive Director Johnathan Hettinger’s five-year investigation for the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting showed that Monsanto launched a new system of weedkillers knowing they would damage fields and farms across the U.S., but they pushed forward anyway in order to corner the soybean and cotton markets. Hettinger’s reporting, published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch “provides the most comprehensive picture ...

The Fund for Investigative Journalism is accepting proposals for grants of up to $10,000 for stories on any topic that break new ground and uncover wrongdoing in the public or private sectors. Proposals are due Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Journalists whose proposals are accepted will be notified (and receive first payment) in March.Grants are paid directly to ...

By Eric Ferrero, Executive Director“We Keep the Dead Close,” by Becky Cooper, was published in November and quickly became one of the most acclaimed books of the year. Digging into a 1969 unsolved murder at Harvard, Cooper pulls back the curtain on misogyny in academia and true-crime culture — and takes readers inside a decade of dogged investigative journalism.Cooper applied ...

WASHINGTON, DC, December 9, 2020 – The Fund for Investigative Journalism today announced that its Board of Directors has elected officers for 2021 and re-elected members to serve additional terms on the board. Board officers were elected as follows:Mark Greenblatt was re-elected President. Greenblatt is senior national investigative correspondent for the Scripps Washington Bureau. He has received Peabody, duPont, Murrow, Livingston ...

Fund and partner organizations provide training to support individual journalists and strengthen fieldWASHINGTON, DC, December 3, 2020 – The Fund for Investigative Journalism today announced that it is launching an ongoing series of capacity-building training sessions for its current and past grantees.The training sessions will be conducted with partner organizations to help investigative journalists – particularly freelancers and those working ...

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 ...