(Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded nearly $80,000 in grants to support journalists working on 18 projects in the United States and abroad. The journalists are investigating negligence, corruption, and abuse of power in fields such as mental health, government contracting, and criminal justice.
Since 1969, FIJ has supported independent investigative reporters with grants that cover the cost of reporting, such as travel, document fees, equipment rental; smalls stipend are also considered as part of the overall grant. A typical grant is $5,000.
The following reporters received FIJ awards:
Mark Betancourt, DC-based multimedia journalist
Mariah Blake, Mother Jones
Adriana Cardona-Maguigad and Rafael Franco Steeves, fellows with the Social Justice News Nexus at Northwestern University
Beth Cortez-Neavel, Austin-based multimedia and data journalist
Allyn Gaestel, international freelance journalist
Wanjohi Kabukuru, Kenya-based journalist
Jeff Kelly-Lowenstein, journalist and Columbia College of Chicago journalism professor
Jeremy Knop, Montana Center for Investigative Reporting
Christian Locka, multi-media investigative reporter
Claudine LoMonaco, Berlin-based freelance reporter and radio producer
Daniel McGraw, Cleveland-based investigative reporter and author
Caitlin McNally, documentary filmmaker
Christopher Richard, LA-based investigative reporter
Mark Richardson, investigative reporter specializing in government and politics
Joseph Sorrentino, Albuquerque-based photographer and journalist, focused on the US-Mexico border region
Loren Stein, DC-based investigative journalist
Estacio Valoi, Mozambican investigative journalist
WAMU-Radio investigative staff
The Fund for Investigative Journalism is supported by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Nara Fund, and individual donors, many of them referred by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.
Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC, a national commercial law firm with a broad portfolio of community service and pro bono clients.
Pro bono business advisory services are provided by Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor of Finance at The American University’s Kogod School of Business.
UPCOMING DEADLINE: FIJ is currently accepting applications for its next round of grant-making. The deadline is Monday, September 8, at 5pm Eastern time.