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Colleagues,I was 23 years old and working for an underground weekly newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona, when I reported on prison guards routinely beating and torturing men held at the state prison in Florence.After my first few articles, the prison warden banned me from visiting inmates, and he ordered the prison staff to cut my articles out of newspapers before they ...

Colleagues,I was freelancing in Latin America 20 years ago when I got a tip about the massacre of 25 women and children in the Amazon rainforest. The government and local media blamed the killings on historical tribal conflicts, but my sources suggested that the logging industry might have played a role.I knew it could be a big story, but I ...

It all starts with our grantees – the reporters and investigative journalists who commit their lives to uncovering, unraveling and documenting the stories that impact the world most. From migrant abuse at the border to the Flint, Michigan, water crisis and beyond, our grantees reported on a diverse array of issues in 2019. Below, we give you a breakdown of ...

FIJ’s Board Member, Clarence Page, is celebrating his 50th-year anniversary as a syndicated columnist at the Chicago Tribune. “Few writers across the country approach politics, culture, and race with the depth and scholarship that Page brings to each of his columns,” Tribune editors wrote in an editorial celebrating Page’s tenure. His long-time editor, Marcia Lythcott, who retired from the Tribune ...

At the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference, Houston, June 14. Executive Director Sandy Bergo explained to a roomful of journalists the ins and outs of applying for a Fund for Investigative Journalism grant. In the tradition set forth by founder Philip Stern, who launched FIJ in 1969, Bergo described how the Fund awards up to $10,000 to reporters to pursue ...

Angelika Albaladejo, a Fund for Investigative Journalism Diversity Fellow working with The Marshall Project, was featured in a panel at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Houston on June 13. The panel focused on how to report on people from marginalized communities. Albaladejo, who has a background in foreign policy, talked about her experience as a freelance journalist in ...

(On a break from the Reva & David Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting at the campus of the University of California – Berkeley.) At the conference we heard Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists describe “how the sausage is made,” that is, how reporters come up with ideas, get interviews with reluctant sources, report in war zones, verify facts, and work with editors. ...

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 ...

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Amelia Nitz, Reporters Committee, anitz@rcfp.org Sandy Bergo, Fund for Investigative Journalism, sbergo@fij.org Reporters Committee and Fund for Investigative Journalism announce partnership to support independent journalists The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is partnering with the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) to offer legal support to FIJ grantees completing investigative reporting projects across the ...