(Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $79,000 in grants to journalists working on 19 projects in the United States and around the world. With FIJ grants, journalists investigate abuse of power in the public and private sectors. The financial support helps freelancers and reporters working for nonprofit news organizations cover the necessary costs of document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and rental fees for equipment used for multi-media story-telling. A typical grant is $5,000. FIJ grants may also include small stipends.
The following reporters and organizations have been awarded grants:
David Armstrong of Georgia News Lab, a collaborative investigative reporting initiative
Jeffrey Benzing, criminal justice reporter for PublicSource
Eliza Griswold, author
Roza Hovhannisyan, an investigative journalist in Armenia
Laura Kasinof, a freelance journalist working in East Africa and the Middle East
Colleen Kimmett, a journalist based in Canada
Adu Koranteng, a journalist based in Ghana
David Krajicek, who writes about crime and justice
Laura Krantz, a journalist based in Colorado
Christian Locka, an investigative freelance reporter in Cameroon
David Montero, an author who will examine health care in China
Madeline Ostrander, Seattle–based environmental journalist
Roman Romanovskiy, freelance journalist and analyst for Transparency International-Russia
Joseph Sorrentino, freelance writer and photographer
Michael Stoll, executive director and editor of the San Francisco Public Press
Grants are awarded three to four times a year.
The next deadline to apply for a grant is September 21, 2015.