The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Application Deadline

    Monday May 16, 2016 - 5pm Eastern Time
  • Grantees’ Work

    Cholera in Haiti and the International Coverup

    May 3rd, 2016

    haitipic1From Pearly Tan, the e-book Cholera in Haiti and the International Coverup exposes how the United Nations initially avoided responsibility for the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti by circulating false information, which also delayed response to the crisis. The source is now known to be the UN peacekeepers who carried the disease from Nepal. When they set up camp in Haiti, the disease spread to the main river that flows through the country, the source of water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. From Haiti, cholera has since spread to other countries, and killed at least 9,000 people.

    The e-book is available through ITunes.

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

    Photo credit: Pearly Tan

    The Desegregation Plan That Never Had a Chance

    May 2nd, 2016

    Erika at the Jackson Red Line with street performers in the background.From Maya Dukmasova and Meribah Knight for the Chicago Reader, the story of how political interference halted a promising housing integration program before it had a chance. Dukmasova and Knight are fellows in the Social Justice News Nexus, a program at Northwestern University’s Medill journalism school that brings together graduate students and professional reporters to work on in-depth stories.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Credit: Sunshine Tucker / Chicago Reader

    Prestigious Journalism Awards Honor “No-Jail Jailers” Series

    April 22nd, 2016

    County-Jailer-Boone-Mahon-800x533The “No-Jail Jailers” investigation from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has been honored with two top news industry awards: a national Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for radio investigative journalism, and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

    The investigation exposed a system in Kentucky that wasted $2 million a year, paying 41 elected jailers and deputies in counties that have no jails. The investigation was supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, with funding from The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    IRE judges commented: “The project stood out for the thorough data-driven reporting and the way its engaging interviews made for good radio.”

    Photo credit: Jacob Ryan

    Secret Meetings? Who’s to Know?

    April 13th, 2016

    Save Our FarmsMiranda Spivack for the Columbia Journalism Review documents the decline of local news coverage, and the rise of community activists to fill the vacuum.  She examines the impact on small town governance: less accountability to open meetings laws, diminished  coverage of meetings, and more single source reporting.

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

    Photo credit: Miranda Spivack

    It’s Not Just Elephants Being Slaughtered; Smaller Animals are Caught by Poachers, Too

    April 11th, 2016

    Patrol_01From Laura Krantz for Takepart.com, the story of bushmeat poaching, its effect on Africa’s ecosystems and what’s being done to stop it.

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

    Photo credit: Laura Krantz

    The Sex Abuse Scandal that Devastated a Megachurch

    March 22nd, 2016

    megachurch_featuredFrom Tiffany Stanley for Washingtonian Magazine, an investigation into child sexual abuse within a 40-year-old, global evangelical ministry. A scandal ensued after former church members accused pastors of mishandling abuse reports involving congregation members, for decades.

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

    Photo of former Covenant Life Church member Pam Palmer and daughter Renee, by Kate Warren

    Myanmar’s Child Laborers

    March 22nd, 2016

    Child LaborFrom Kay Lie, for DVB Multimedia, an investigation of child labor in Myanmar (Burma). Lie and his Myanmar (Burmese) documentary crew found children as young as 9 pot-trap fishing, working in tea shops, motorbike shops, and factories – even carrying stones on construction sites – rather than going to school. It’s against the law, but commonplace. Many parents who are poor or too sick to make a living send their children to work so the family can survive. New laws are in the making, but serious implementation of these laws is uncertain.

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

    Photo credit: (c) 2016 DVB Multimedia Group (Yangon)

    Pharma Profits; Taxpayers Pay

    March 17th, 2016

    ancir_logoFrom Khadija Sharife, an investigation by the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) published by the World Policy Journal and Financial Mail, of pharmaceutical companies’ secretive research and development costs. The conclusion: the extremely high costs of drugs developed in the United States and sold in Africa cannot be justified by the R&D costs. Instead drug companies use opaque intangible assets and tax havens to shift profits and spend vastly more on marketing and administration than on research and development. On top of that, the industry heavily relies on public funding and tax breaks to underwrite its development costs.

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

     

     

    Migrants Rack Up Debts to Chase Dreams

    March 17th, 2016

    IMG_3479.JPG GuatemalaFrom Zoe Sullivan, for Al Jazeera America, there is no justice when illegal lenders prey on desperate Guatemalans to pay coyotes for passage to the United States.

    Every day, hundreds of Guatemalan migrants attempt to reach the United States with the help of a human smuggler or coyote. Research suggests that nearly 80% of those making this journey have taken on debt to do so, and half of this number borrowed from an informal money lender. Yet in a country where interest rates are legally unregulated, borrowers are at the mercy of the financial system — whether informal or formal.

    Part Two: Why Guatemalans flee: poverty, kidnapping and extortion.

     

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

    Photo credit: Zoe Sullivan

     

     

    Half of Pittsburgh Murders Go Unsolved

    March 17th, 2016

    vigil1 (1)From Jeffrey Benzing of PublicSource, a two-part series on the failure to find killers plaguing Pittsburgh families and communities, and the stark division between the experience of black and white residents of the city.

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

    Photo credit: Ryan Loew/PublicSource