The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

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    Monday February 1, 2016 - 5pm EST
  • Grantees’ Work

    Slums Homes Gone; Justice Sought in Lagos

    September 24th, 2015

    IMG_7155 copyFrom Allyn Gaestel for Al Jazeera America, homes for the poor burn to the ground in Lagos as luxury apartments and commercial districts take their place. In extreme cases, impoverished residents have murdered; thugs are blamed but long time residents suspect a connection with the real estate developments that are pushing them out.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Green Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Allyn Gaestel

    Municipal Taxes: How Millions are Confiscated

    September 24th, 2015

    Locka-Vendor StallsFrom Christian Locka for Info-Afrique, the story of private contractors hired to conduct raids to collect taxes.  Local vendors complain the tactics used are illegal and the money collected does not improve roads or schools in Cameroon.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Christian Locka

    The Polluted Drinking Waters of Ghana

    September 24th, 2015

    ogyam2From Kwabena Adu Korenteng for NewsGhana, the story of polluted waters caused by the dumping of toxic waste and human excrement. The pollution threatens the health of four million people who rely on the River Densu for basic drinking water.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Alex Bentil

    Cracks in the Foundation of a Charter School System

    September 2nd, 2015

    N.O.SchoolFrom Colleen Kimmett for In These Times, an investigation of  post-Katrina New Orleans schools. Under new management, most New Orleans public schools are now charter schools. The schools operated by the state-run Recovery School District represent the first all-charter district in the nation. The results so far? Graduation rates are up. Test scores are up. But discipline is strict, leading to high expulsion rates. What else is lost: community control, African-American teachers, special needs students, and neighborhood-centered schools.

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

    FEMA Fails to Adapt to Climate Change

    August 20th, 2015

    FEMAnewbridge-336x224From Elizabeth Shogren for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and Al Jazeera America: when it comes to disaster relief, FEMA leaves communities vulnerable to the greater disasters to come due to climate change. Its policies are rooted in the outdated assumption that the climate of tomorrow will resemble the climate of yesterday. For example, it routinely pays to replace old, failed structures, rather than upgrade them with stronger construction that can withstand rising sea levels and greater downpours.

    Vermont Public Radio invited Shogren as a guest to talk about her investigation.

    [Sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Elizabeth Shogren

    The Real Cost of Bank Trustees

    August 19th, 2015

    2202_NPQ Summer_cover-72dpi copyFrom Rick Cohen, reporting for Nonprofit Quarterly, an investigation of the conflict of interest involving bank trustees – who both serve on charitable foundation boards and charge the foundations large, sometimes excessive, fees to manage their investments, assets, and even operations.

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


    No Lawyers Allowed

    July 29th, 2015

    PrisonFrom Alisa Roth for Life of the Law: There are some places where defendants have no right to legal representation. Prison, for example.

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

    Photo credit: Nancy Mullane

    The Fight for Transgender Rights in Jail

    July 27th, 2015

    From Nicole Pasulka for BuzzFeed, the fight for respect for transgender people – in jail.

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

    Seeking Better Care for Texas Foster Kids

    July 24th, 2015

    Cortez-NeavelFrom Beth Cortez-Neavel for The Texas Observer, and the radio show Texas Standard, an investigation of the “highly dysfunctional” and severely underfunded mental health services that foster children are forced to rely upon in Texas.  Many who suffered childhood traumas receive inadequate treatment, with consequences that follow them through life.

    [Sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Beth Cortez-Neavel


    Oakland Police Misconduct

    July 20th, 2015

    occupyarrestFrom the team at Oakland Local, a comprehensive look at police accountability, using public records including civil court filings and judgments. The “Oakland Police Beat” database allows public access to original documents and data on wrongful deaths and other police misconduct.

    Photo credit: Elijah Nouvelage

    [Reporting sponsored by The Green Park Foundation.]