The Fund for Investigative Journalism

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    Investigative Grants Awarded

    May 3rd, 2016

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $60,600 in grants to journalists working on 13 projects in the United States and around the world. Grants from FIJ help freelancers and reporters working for nonprofit news organizations cover expenses such as document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and equipment rental fees.

    The grantees are:

    Yvette Cabrera, investigative reporter and Voice of OC contributor

    Marianna Grigoryan, Yerevan based investigative reporter and editor

    Roy Gutman, freelance correspondent covering the Middle East

    Oscar Lopez, a Mexican-Australian freelance journalist

    Robert McClure, InvestigateWest, a Seattle-based investigative journalism center

    Lauren Mills, IowaWatch reporter and assistant editor

    Mark Olalde, Johannesburg-based freelance journalist from Chicago

    Eilis O’Neill, radio and print reporter

    Steve Rabey, veteran religion journalist and author

    Aaron Wiener, senior editor, Mother Jones magazine

    Kate Willson, a Portland-based freelance journalist

    Margaret Wright, freelance journalist based in New Mexico

    The next deadline for grant applications is Monday, May 16.

     

    Park Foundation Supports Investigative Journalism

    April 1st, 2016

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is proud to announce that it has received renewed funding from the Park Foundation, the Ithaca New York based foundation. The Park Foundation, a major supporter of public interest media,  environmental concerns, and other sustainability issues, has been an FIJ supporter since 2010.

    The Park Foundation awarded $50,000 which will allow FIJ to make eight competitively awarded grants and launch as many domestic investigations by independent investigative reporters during the coming year. The grants will be awarded during the course of three FIJ grant cycles starting in May and continuing through early 2017.

    During the past year, Park funding has been responsible for investigations by FIJ-supported journalists of immigration detention centers, failures of the criminal justice system, environmental hazards, and much more.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism, founded in 1969, makes grants to independent investigative journalists to cover the costs of reporting, such as document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and rental fees for multi-media production equipment. A typical grant is $5,000.

    In 2015, FIJ grantees produced more than fifty investigative stories in the United States and around the world.

    FIJ 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.

     

    $50,000 Grant to FIJ from craigslist Charitable Fund

    February 23rd, 2016

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the craigslist Charitable Fund.

    The charitable fund is financed by donations from Craigslist Inc., the online classified listings site founded by Craig Newmark in 1995.

    Based in San Francisco, the private foundation makes millions of dollars in grants each year to nonprofits active in areas such as environment, justice, non-violence, and journalism.

    The craigslist Charitable Fund has also contributed support to such venerable journalism organizations as ProPublica, the Sunlight Foundation, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and the Poynter Institute.

    The support received by FIJ was unsolicited and is unrestricted.

    “This gift is welcome support that helps us underwrite investigative journalism. Resources for such work are shrinking, while the need for sharp investigative reporting is only increasing. We are grateful for this recognition of our work in supporting talented, independent journalists,” said FIJ president Ricardo Sandoval-Palos.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism, founded in 1969, makes grants to independent investigative journalists to cover the costs of reporting, such as document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and rental fees for multi-media production equipment.

    In 2015, FIJ grantees produced more than fifty investigative stories in the United States and around the world.

    High-Impact Journalism

    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.

    The grantees include: Read the rest of this entry »

    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: Read the rest of this entry »

    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.