The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Application Deadline

    Monday September 21, 2015 - 5pm Eastern time
  • Grantees’ Work

    Addicted in Puerto Rico, Homeless in Chicago

    April 16th, 2015

    SONY DSCFrom Adriana Cardona-Maguigad, a fellow at the Social Justice News Nexus, at Northwestern University, reporting for This American Life and WBEZ-Chicago: the government of Puerto Rico buys one-way tickets to send drug addicts to Chicago, with promises of drug treatment and housing. But the addicts get no treatment and no housing. If they want to go back home, they’re on their own.

    [Major funding for this report was provided by the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation and The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, with additional funding from The Gannett Foundation and the Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Adriana Cardona-Maguigad

    “Dirty Little Souvenirs”

    April 16th, 2015

    Off-Rio-Bravo2From Kent Paterson for Frontera NorteSur, part one of an investigation of the legacy of a demolished 100-year old plant in El Paso Texas. The Asarco smelter is gone but the metal contamination in surrounding neighborhoods lives on. In part two and part three, Paterson investigates the impact on workers’ health.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Bob Chessey

    Chinese Factory Workers: Poisoned and Unprotected

    April 9th, 2015

    chinahealthcare-932x621From Michael Blanding and Heather White for Wired, the story of workers at many electronics factories in China: exposed to toxic industrial chemicals, then abused by the workers’ compensation system. Responsibility is buried along many tiers of sub-contractors. Heather White’s video dramatizes the human cost.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Green Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Sim Chi Yin

    Juvenile or Adult Court? In Louisiana, It Varies

    April 2nd, 2015

    JoshFrom Caitlin McNally for the New Orleans Advocate: In Louisiana, the decision to try a juvenile as an adult depends on the Parish where the crime took place, and the prosecutor in charge. At stake: adult sentences are longer; prison time is served with adult criminals. McNally reports on the fate of one teen charged with armed robbery. View the video and story here. The Advocate’s investigation finds that young offenders in New Orleans are much more likely to face adult court, and adult time. Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Caitlin McNally

    Last Stop Before Eviction

    March 17th, 2015

    Cropped Bronx Housing CourtFrom Kate Pastor, for City Limits, a series on Bronx Housing Court, overwhelmed with cases, with little help available for tenants about to lose their housing.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Adi Talwar

    No End to Oil Train Explosions

    March 12th, 2015

    compressed for webpagesIn a column for the New York Times, Marcus Stern explains why oil trains keep blowing up across America. A 2014 investigation of the train explosions by Stern and Sebastian Jones for InsideClimate News, the Weather Channel, and the Investigative Fund was financed, in part, by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Park Foundation.

    Photo credit: Jason Rudge / The Weather Channel

    Discrepancies in Nursing Home Staffing Reports

    March 10th, 2015

    Jon-LowensteinFrom Jeff Kelly Lowenstein for the Center for Public Integrity and Hoy Chicago, an investigation of nursing homes’ staffing levels. Lowenstein found that most nursing homes tell different stories to the public and to the government. They tell the public that staffing levels are higher than what they report on official documents filed with the federal government. Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Jon Lowenstein


    The Elusive Goal of “Housing First”

    February 28th, 2015

    homeless_sleepFrom the San Francisco Public Press: a series on the difficulty fulfilling a 10-year-old promise of finding homes for the city’s neediest residents, and why the jail has become the city’s psychiatric institution of last resort.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Anna Vignet

    The Vatican’s Loophole

    February 22nd, 2015

    From Jason Berry, for GlobalPost, a story about the limits to Pope Francis’ power to make good on his pledge of “zero tolerance” towards clergy who abuse children. In a follow-up piece, Berry explores the issues surrounding demands for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.]

    U. S. Seed Introduced to Africa, Through 4-H Clubs

    February 10th, 2015

    4H_A_630-2From Kiera Butler for Mother Jones, the story of high quality – but expensive – seeds planted in Africa by 4-H club members, funded by the USDA and corporate sponsor DuPont. Will African farmers get hooked on DuPont’s “Pioneer” seed? If so, who will pay? Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Peter DiCampo