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    Grants, Fellowships Transform Careers

    August 12th, 2016

    AAJA panel(Las Vegas) Directors of journalism grant and fellowship programs described the “transformative” impact the programs have on reporters’ careers, during a panel discussion at the 2016 national convention of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), being held August 10-13 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

    Among the panelists, Sandy Bergo of the Fund for Investigative Journalism described how its four decades-long grants program has helped reporters break big stories, such as the My Lai massacre.

    And she introduced a new diversity initiative that will award grants and fellowships with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism to women and journalists of color, to help address the lack of diversity in the field of investigative reporting.

    The FIJ/Schuster initiative is funded by the Ford Foundation. Read the rest of this entry »

    Grants Awarded

    August 8th, 2016

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $52,000 in grants to support the expenses of 14 investigative journalists working on stories 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, and equipment rental.

    The grantees are: Read the rest of this entry »

    Finding Funding for Investigative Projects

    August 4th, 2016

    IMG_0693(Washington) If you’ve got a great story, you can find the funding to get it done. That was the message from Phillip Martin, WGBH-Boston senior investigative reporter and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.

    “There’s always a place for good journalism and there’s always funding for good journalism,” he told a packed conference room at the 2016 convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists, held in Washington DC this week.

    Martin has won several grants and fellowships that allowed him to pursue stories that he wanted to do but his employer could not afford. His stories on human trafficking were honored with the national Edward R. Murrow Award. A 2012 fellowship from the International Center for Journalists financed the travel.

    If a grant or fellowship application is turned down, “do not give up,” said Martin. Oftentimes, an applicant can find out why the proposal was rejected, do extra research, resubmit and get the grant.

    Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) president Ricardo Sandoval Palos moderated the panel on “Finding Funding,” and announced that several organizations have launched initiatives this year to provide training, grants and fellowships, specifically targeted for journalists of color, to address the “embarrassing dearth” of investigative reporters of color in the U. S.

    Partnering with the Schuster Institute, FIJ has launched one of those initiatives, financed by the Ford Foundation, offering $9,000 grants paired with Schuster fellowships to women and journalists of color. Applications are being taken now through October 1 at investigate.submittable.com. Read the rest of this entry »

    FIJ Grantee from Kenya Reports on Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference

    July 13th, 2016

    Rosalia at IREBy Rosalia Omungo

    NEW ORLEANS — It all began with a tweet from a lady working in an organization concerned about governance of water bodies such as rivers. On responding to the tweet, she informed me of the danger that was being posed to Lake Turkana in Kenya due to the construction of Gibe 111 dam in Ethiopia, urging me to follow up on the story. I went a notch higher and presented a proposal to the Fund for Investigative Journalism to investigate the story, which was accepted. It is because of this investigative series that highlighted the plight of Kenyans and even Ethiopians that I landed an opportunity to attend the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in New Orleans in June 2017.

    It was a time for the crème de la crème in investigative reporting globally to converge in New Orleans to share their work and share ideas on how to make investigative reporting better. Sessions explored several themes ranging from data journalism, health reporting freelancing and business journalism. I was happy to be a panelist in the session on uncovering stories on the environmental beat, alongside other journalists from the Society for Environmental Journalists (SEJ). I was able to share my work in environmental reporting in Kenya with conference participants.

    My presentation focused on Gibe III dam in Ethiopia, its connection to Lake Turkana in the North of Kenya and the predicament facing residents who rely on the Lake for water for domestic purposes. The audience applauded the Turkana reporting for the series #Lake TurkanaUnder Siege, saying it was an important avenue for the vulnerable community to share their plight. Read the rest of this entry »

    “Writing That Makes a Difference”

    June 24th, 2016

    project_thrift_12 (1)Francesca Lyman’s investigation of a for-profit thrift store chain which does more than $1.2 billion in business a year, while masquerading as a charity, has won an Arlene Award for Writing that Makes a Difference. The award comes from the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), which honors outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis each year.

    The story was reported for InvestigateWest with support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

    ASJA is the professional association of independent nonfiction writers, founded in 1948, with more than 1200 members who have each met exacting standards of professional achievement.

    June 1st, 2016

    FIJ and Schuster Institute Launch Initiative
    for Diversity in Social Justice Investigative Reporting

     

    Without greater diversity in journalism, some very important stories are never pitched, some assignments never made, facts never gathered, and serious abuses of power never uncovered.

    Through a collaboration underwritten by a Ford Foundation grant, The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University have joined forces to broaden opportunities for independent investigative reporting by women and journalists of color. Four independent, U.S.-based reporters with strong proposals to investigate significant systemic or social justice issues will be selected.

    The selected journalists will receive competitively awarded grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, which will provide up to $9,000 to pay the expenses of reporting a specific investigative story, covering costs such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small stipends.

    Recipients will also be awarded Schuster Institute fellowships, which will give them access to paid research assistance, the extensive offerings of Brandeis University’s library and technology services, mentoring, editorial guidance, and opportunities for pro bono, media-related legal advice from a major New York firm. The Schuster Institute will help publicize the fellows’ work through press releases, social media and the Institute’s websites. As a fellow, they will join our “Newsroom Without Walls,” a community of Schuster Institute fellows and research scholars who regularly share ideas, advice and support. The fellowships do not require residency at Brandeis University and the fellows are not paid.

    The work must be completed within one year.

    Read the rest of this entry »

    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: Read the rest of this entry »

    Investigative Reporting Grants: Application Deadline Approaching

    May 3rd, 2016

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism is currently accepting applications for its Monday, May 16 (5 pm Eastern time) deadline. Applications are submitted online. The online form and instructions are available here: Apply for a Grant.  The deadline for the Fall grant cycle is September 26, 2016.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism makes grants to freelance and independent reporters who have ideas, sources, and tips, but need resources to pursue investigative stories. A typical grant is $5,000 and covers reporting costs such as travel and data retrieval; small stipends are also considered.

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    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.