(Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is proud to announce that Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation has awarded $100,000 for FIJ’s support of independent investigative journalists. FIJ is one of 19 journalism organizations to receive significant grants from the Oklahoma City-based foundation. Most of the foundation’s grants this year were awarded for nonprofit investigative reporting, and “are primarily start-ups with exciting new business models, each filling a void left by traditional news organizations,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of the Foundation.
The support for FIJ will provide grants and editorial guidance for independent investigative reporters, financially support accountability reporting in the U.S., and help address the gap in coverage once offered by traditional media. The Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of FIJ for the past several years.
“We are grateful that the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation shares the mission of the Fund for Investigative Journalism and continues to demonstrate its faith in FIJ’s grantmaking program for independent reporters,” said board president Brant Houston. For more than forty years, FIJ has made grants that cover the expenses of reporting for investigative journalists who have great story ideas, but need resources to complete their work.
The Foundation also granted $150,000 for the investigative fellowship program operated by the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. The Schuster Institute, founded by Florence Graves, recently formed a partnership with FIJ that has already resulted in fellowships for seven FIJ grantees.
Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s stated mission is to “invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.”
Read details on the $1.5 million in grants just awarded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation here.