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    December 30th, 2015


    FIJ Grant Recipients Continue Long Tradition of Uncovering Untold Stories


    The hundreds of journalists we’ve supported over the years have made a tremendous impact. But the most significant beneficiaries are the readers and communities who use the reports that grants from the Fund help produce to inform decisions, advance change, and support social progress.

    Beyond Seymour Hersh’s groundbreaking investigation of the My Lai massacre that marked one of the Fund’s first successes, projects we’ve supported deliver impact in communities across the country and around the world.

    In 2015, FIJ-sponsored reporters produced more than 50 investigative stories. We are proud of their work and the impact generated by recent stories.

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    Happy Holidays!

    December 7th, 2015

    Season’s greetings from the Fund for Investigative Journalism!

    During this holiday season, we at FIJ wish you joy and good health. As 2015 comes to a close, we hope you will reflect on all the good things that have transpired over the year.

    We at FIJ are especially grateful for the work done by investigative reporters across the country and the globe – dedicated watchdogs who have made our world a better place because of their reporting.

    Imagine a world without investigative journalists. Investigative reporting exposes wrongdoing, advances reform, enlightens and informs decisions. It also has the potential for changing lives.

    The sad news, of course, is that there are fewer people doing this kind of work because traditional newsrooms continue to reduce their commitment to investigative journalism.

    As a result, freelance reporters have had to fill the void – sometimes financing their projects out of their own pockets.

    donateThat is why we are so thankful for the generosity of our funders – and to friends and colleagues like you –who have contributed to FIJ over the past year. Because of you, FIJ in 2015 awarded 50 grants, averaging $4,400, to investigative reporters hailing from Brooklyn to Seattle, and from Mexico City to Ibadan, Nigeria.

    FIJ grant recipient Ana Arana used her award to help finance six months of reporting on the violence that has plagued Juarez, Mexico.

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    Giving Thanks

    November 20th, 2015

    With gratitude for their advice, hard work, and financial backing, the board and staff of the Fund for Investigative Journalism would like to acknowledge the many individuals and organizations that have supported the work of investigative reporters throughout the year.

    Major Supporters:

    The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

    The Reva & David Logan Foundation

    The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation

    The Park Foundation

    The Green Park Foundation

    The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation

    The Gannett Foundation

    The Nara Fund

    The Herb Block Foundation

    Connie Rydberg and Nirav Kapadia

    Shari and Charles Pfleeger

    Sally Collier and Bob Caiola

    Mentors:

    David Biello

    Michael Beckel

    Rose Ciotta

    Marla Cone

    Dianna Hunt

    Chuck Lewis

    Ingrid Lobet

    Fiona Macleod

    Josh Meyer

    Deborah Nelson

    Ron Nixon

    Judy Pasternak

    Ricardo Sandoval Palos

    Michael Sorkin

    Steven Rich

    Partners:

    Catalogue for Philanthropy – Greater Washington

    Investigative Reporters and Editors

    Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University

    Society of Environmental Journalists

    Advisors:

    Eric Fingerhut, Pro Bono Attorney, Dykema

    Leigh Riddick, Pro Bono Financial Advisor, Kogod School of Business, American University

    Bobby Caina Calvan

    Bridget Gallagher

    Bev Orr

    Thanks to all!

    Investigative Reporting Grants Awarded

    November 20th, 2015

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $67,750 in grants to journalists working on 17 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.

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    Apply for Investigative Reporting Grants

    September 11th, 2015

    (Washington) – The deadline for applying for a reporting grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is approaching. Apply by September 21, at 5pm Eastern time, to be considered in the next round of grant-making. The September deadline marks the last round of 2015. The following application deadline will be Monday, February 1, 2016.

    FIJ makes grants to independent and freelance reporters to cover reporting costs for investigative stories that expose wrongdoing. FIJ grants have been awarded for investigations of human rights abuses, corruption, exploitation, environmental degradation, abuse of power by public officials and powerful private institutions, inequality, and economic inequities. FIJ welcomes proposals on these topic areas, as well as others, with a particular interest in stories that break new ground.

    FIJ also encourages applications from ethnic media, and from journalists of color.

    Applicants will be notified of grant decisions in late October.

    The typical grant award is $5,000 and covers the expenses of reporting. Small stipends are also considered. For more detailed instructions, go to the online application form: http://fij.org/grant-application/. After reading the instructions,  you are welcome to direct questions about the application process to Sandy Bergo, email hidden; JavaScript is required.

    FIJ Grants Awarded

    July 21st, 2015

    (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.

    Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation Grant Supports Investigative Reporting

    July 20th, 2015

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is pleased to announce that the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation has renewed its support of FIJ’s grant-making program for a third year with a $30,000 donation.

    The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation’s journalism program supports press freedom around the world and seeks to improve the quality of journalism through grants to American journalism schools and investigative reporting projects and websites. The Foundation also supports education, community arts, public health, and environmental projects.

    The grant made to FIJ will underwrite freelance reporters writing for American media outlets on both domestic and foreign issues.

    For more than forty years, FIJ has paid reporting expenses of reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism but need resources to complete their projects.

    One of the Fund for Investigative Journalism’s board members, David Ottaway, also serves on the board of the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.

    Gannett Foundation Renews Support of Investigative Journalism

    July 16th, 2015

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce it has received $15,000 in support from the Gannett Foundation to help underwrite the Fund’s grant-making program.

    For the past five years, The Gannett Foundation has provided support for investigative reporters working with grants from the Fund. Those reporters have exposed wrongdoing and abuse of power in the United States, including stories of the callous treatment of new mothers in prison, the psychological damage caused by solitary confinement, the prevalence of returning women soldiers afflicted by PTSD, and traffic stops that target Hispanic motorists.

    The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation supported by the Gannett Co., Inc., owner of USA TODAY.

    For more than four decades, the Fund has paid reporting expenses of reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism but lack the resources to complete their projects.

    The Reva and David Logan Foundation Increases Its Support for Investigative Journalism

    July 16th, 2015

    Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce that The Reva and David Logan Foundation has awarded $85,000 to support the Fund’s grant-making program for independent journalists around the world.

    This is the third year that the Fund has received a grant from The Reva and David Logan Foundation, and represents an increased level of funding. The additional funds will be used to offer professional development opportunities to grantees of the Fund.

    The Reva and David Logan Foundation has a history of supporting high-impact investigative journalism organizations, including The Centre for Investigative Journalism in London, The Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California – Berkeley, and Reveal Radio – produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley.

    The Foundation also sponsors the annual Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting at the University of California – Berkeley.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is an independent, nonprofit organization that has supported hundreds of public service reporting projects since 1969, when it provided travel expenses for Seymour Hersh to investigate the massacre of civilians by American soldiers in My Lai, Vietnam.

    The Fund pays expenses and small stipends for independent reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but need resources to get the work done.

    The Fund makes grants three to four times a year, typically about $5,000. The next deadline for applications is September 21, 2015.

    The Fund relies on the support of individuals and foundations. Donations can be made online, www.fij.org, or by mail to the Fund for Investigative Journalism, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th floor, Washington DC 20045.

    FIJ Grantees Win Journalism Awards

    July 1st, 2015

    Journalists working with grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism have been honored with two awards from the 2015 National Press Club Journalism Contest.

    Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, a freelance reporter for the Center for Public Integrity was honored for his series, “Understaffed and Underserved: a Look Inside America’s Nursing Homes.” He won the Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics. The judges commented that Lowenstein’s series “exposed how some nursing homes are significantly understaffed, have pronounced racial disparities, and yet receive financial support from the federal government to expand and build new facilities. Using sophisticated techniques of data collection and reporting, the Lowenstein series shows how the information on a government site for consumers overstates the hours nurses are available to care for patients. And it documents cases of the same nursing homes getting financial help from the federal government for refinancing and rebuilding.”

    Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones, writing in collaboration with InsideClimate News, The Weather Channel, and The Investigative Fund, were also honored. Their series, “Boom: North America’s Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem” won the Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award. Judges commented: “Using a combination of analytical text, insightful graphics, and compelling video, ‘Boom’ tells how the unexpected success of oil drilling in places like North Dakota is creating unanticipated demand on an antiquated railway distribution system under lax regulation. One result: catastrophic derailment accidents in unsuspecting towns, some with frighteningly epic fiery explosions caught on mobile phone video and incorporated into the multimedia presentation.

    The Lowenstein series on nursing homes was also honored with a Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club for Best Non-Deadline Reporting Online.