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    Kogod Professor Advises FIJ

    April 4th, 2014

    Riddick_LeighAmerican University Kogod School of Business magazine, Kogod Now, profiles associate professor Leigh Riddick, who provides pro bono business and finance advice to the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

    An excerpt from the profile:

    Sustaining a news organization is no easy feat. Riddick knows this firsthand. Her grandfather, James Bland, bought the Times-Dispatch [in Arkansas] in 1921. She worked for her grandfather and later her uncle (James Jr.) in the summers and after school. She covered trials, weddings, obituaries—and [the occasional] scandal. Her cousin John Bland runs the newspaper now….

    Like the Times-Dispatch, the FIJ contributes to the public good in a way Riddick admires.

    “I’ve been impressed with the level of organization and detail,” she said. “[They are] very frugal, clearly saving the money to put into grants.”

    Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Renews Support

    March 26th, 2014

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is proud to announce that the Oklahoma City – based Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation has renewed its support for the Fund’s grant-making program.

    The Foundation has combined a $75,000 grant with a Challenge Grant to support the Fund’s assistance to investigative reporters who have tips, sources, and know-how, but need resources to cover the expenses of reporting.

    The Foundation is committed to supporting new and innovative investigative newsrooms, while challenging nonprofit journalists to grow and sustain their work by identifying new sources of revenue.

    The grant from Ethics and Excellence challenges the Fund for Investigative Journalism to raise $25,000 in new and increased sources of revenue by early next year. If the fundraising deadline is met, the Foundation will increase its annual support of the Fund for Investigative Journalism to $100,000.

    Please help us meet our Challenge Grant goals.

    You can make a donation to the Fund online, http://fij.org/donate/, or by mail to the Fund for Investigative Journalism, 529 14th Street NW – 13th floor, Washington DC 20045.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is grateful for the support it receives from The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Nara Fund, and individual donors, many of them referred by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

    Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC, a national commercial law firm with a broad portfolio of community service and pro bono clients.

    Pro bono business advisory services are provided by Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor of Finance at The American University’s Kogod School of Business.

    The Fund is currently accepting grant applications for investigative reporting projects. The next deadline is Monday May 5 at 5pm Eastern time.

    FIJ-Supported Author Wins “Izzy” Award

    March 18th, 2014

    Kill Anything That Moves

    Author Nick Turse, who wrote Kill Anything that Moves with support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, has shared in the 2014 I.F. Stone “Izzy” Award for his relentless investigations into civilian war deaths. The Award was established by the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College.

    The award citation for Turse:

    In news pieces and a book published last year, Turse has given human form and voice to civilian victims of U.S. wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan. His acclaimed best-seller, “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam,” relied on classified Pentagon documents and fresh first-person interviews to reveal that violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was “pervasive and systematic — the predictable result of official orders.” A journalist, historian and Nation Institute fellow, he monitors current U.S. military interventionism in articles for TomDispatch.com (where he is managing editor) and The Nation, for which he coauthored the special report “America’s Afghan Victims.”

    Said Izzy judge Robert McChesney, “Nick Turse combines the fastidiousness of a serious historian and a journalist’s intuition for the big story, along with an uncompromising commitment to the truth, wherever it leads.”

    Boardman Elected to FIJ Board

    March 17th, 2014

    (Washington DC) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism announced today that David Boardman, dean of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, has been elected to its Board of Directors.

    Previously, Boardman was executive editor of the Seattle Times, which he led to four Pulitzer Prizes for investigative reporting, breaking news, and national news.

    He is president of the American Society of News Editors, a member of the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a member of the Board of Directors of the California-based Center for Investigative Reporting, and a charter member of the Advisory Board of ProPublica, the national investigative journalism nonprofit. He also serves on the board of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, based in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

    Boardman has also served as president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a national professional development and membership organization of investigative reporters.

    He joins a board that also recently elected members Marcia Bullard, former President and Chief Executive Officer of USA WEEKEND, and Milton Coleman, retired Senior Editor of the Washington Post.

    Ricardo Sandoval-Palos, president of The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s board, praised Boardman for his contributions to journalism.

    “For decades David has been a source of inspiration for journalists who favor the deeper story, guiding a generation of investigative reporters toward effective ways of delivering important stories to evolving audiences. David’s experience and leadership will help FIJ remain a leader in the fight to keep investigative journalism alive and relevant.”

    For more than forty years the Fund for Investigative Journalism 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.

    In the past two years, the Fund has awarded more than $400,000 in investigative reporting grants. The typical grant is around $5,000.

    The Fund receives support from foundations and from individuals. Its foundation supporters are The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Reva & David Logan Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, and The Nara Fund.

    Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC, a national commercial law firm with a broad portfolio of community service and pro bono clients.

    Pro bono business advisory services are provided by Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor of Professor of Finance at The American University’s Kogod School of Business.

    Remembering Joel Brinkley

    March 13th, 2014

    Friends and colleagues of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Joel Brinkley are remembering his range as a national, foreign, and investigative reporter, his lucid writing, and his sense of humor. Brinkley has died at age 61. Brinkley won a Pulitzer Prize as a young reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal, went on to report for the New York Times for more than twenty years, write several books, and teach journalism at Stanford University. He also served as a member of the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism from 2000 until 2005.

    You can read more about his life in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

    Call for Investigative Grant Proposals

    February 28th, 2014

    (Washington)

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is calling for applications for grants to support independent investigative reporting. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document production and equipment rental. Small stipends may be considered as a part of the grant. The typical grant is $5,000.

    The deadline for applications is Monday, May 5, at 5pm Eastern time.

    The Board of Directors looks for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power - in the public and private sectors.

    Visit the FIJ website for detailed instructions and on-line application form: http://fij.org/grant-application/. FIJ welcomes calls and emails with questions about the application process. Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required. Phone: 202-662-7564.

    Park Foundation Supports Investigative Journalism Grants

    February 25th, 2014

    Washington (February 25, 2014) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Park Foundation, marking the fourth year the Foundation has supported the Fund’s grant-making program for independent journalists.

    During the past year, with Park Foundation backing, reporters have uncovered stories ranging from crop failures on Midwest farms brought about by climate change, to the lack of transparency and accountability required of lobbyists in Florida, to the nationwide shortage of nutrients needed for prematurely born children.

    The Park Foundation support helps underwrite the Fund’s program of grants for independent reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but need help with travel and other expenses.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is also supported by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Nara Fund, and individual donors, many of them referred by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

    Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC, a national commercial law firm with a broad portfolio of community service and pro bono clients.

    Pro bono business advisory services are provided by Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor of Finance at The American University’s Kogod School of Business.

    The Fund makes grants three to four times a year. In the past two years, the Fund has awarded more than $400,000 in investigative reporting grants. The typical grant is around $5,000.

    The Fund depends on support from foundations and individuals. 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.

    Investigative Reporting Grants Awarded

    February 7th, 2014

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded $76,000 in grants to support 18 investigative reporting projects in the United States and abroad.

    The Fund makes grants three to four times a year, averaging $5,000, to journalists who have ideas and sources, but need financial resources to conduct interviews and gather public records and data.

    The next deadline to submit grant proposals is Monday, February 10, at 5pm Eastern time. Check the website, fij.org, for application instructions. For more information, call Sandy Bergo, 202-662-7564, or send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s grant-making program is supported by individual donors, and by the following foundations:  The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Nara Fund, and The Herb Block Foundation.

    Grants for overseas reporting were made possible by support from The Reva and David Logan Foundation and The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.

    The journalists awarded grants are:

    Mudasir Ahmed, Kashmir-based journalist specializing in environmental and wildlife issues

    Lisa Desai, journalist specializing in public health and investigative stories

    R. G. Dunlop, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

    Sarah Gross, multi-media journalist with focus on international and investigative stories

    Roza Hovhannisyan, Armenia- based investigative journalist

    David Krajicek, journalist specializing in crime and justice issues

    Rebecca Rosen Lum, San Francisco-based reporter

    Francesca Lyman, Seattle-based reporter, editor, and author

    Jennifer Margulis, Ashland, Oregon-based investigative journalist and author

    Timothy McGirk, Investigative Reporting Program, University of California – Berkeley

    Lauren Mills, IowaWatch reporter and data analyst

    Kent Paterson, a journalist who covers the U.S.-Mexico borderland and the Southwest

    Audrey Quinn, Brooklyn-based multimedia journalist

    Yasmeen Qureshi, New York City-based documentary producer

    Ana Radelet, Washington correspondent, The Connecticut Mirror

    Sidi Sarro, Kenya-based multimedia reporter specializing in health and human rights

    Jenka Soderberg, KBOO Community Radio, Portland Oregon

    Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones, investigative reporters

    Laurie Udesky, San Francisco-based investigative reporter

    Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC, a national commercial law firm with a broad portfolio of community service and pro bono clients.

    Pro bono business advisory services are provided by Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor of Finance at The American University’s Kogod School of Business.

    The John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the Journalism Department in the College of Media at the University of Illinois has also supported the Fund.

    Fund Announces New Board Members

    February 3rd, 2014

    (Washington DC) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism announced today that two distinguished leaders in the journalism profession have been elected to its board of directors.

    The new board members are:

    • Marcia Bullard, former President and Chief Executive Officer of USA WEEKEND, current chair of America’s Charities.
    • Milton Coleman, retired Senior Editor of the Washington Post, past president of the American Society of News Editors and of the Inter-American Press Association.

    In 1982, Bullard was one of the founding editors of USA TODAY. She served as Editor, then for 14 years as President and CEO of USA WEEKEND, which is distributed in more than 700 newspapers. In 1992 while leading the magazine, Bullard founded the Make A Difference Day, which has grown to engage more than three million Americans in volunteer service on the fourth Saturday of October. She was honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2005. Bullard started her reporting career at age 17, and now serves on the advisory board of the Southern Illinois University School of Journalism, and on the boards of three nonprofits, including America’s Charities, a national organization that promotes and facilitates workplace giving. Bullard is currently a consultant based in Washington DC.

    Coleman was a reporter and editor for the Washington Post for more than three decades, hired in 1976 to cover local government and politics, promoted to City Editor in 1980, then joined the national staff as a reporter, and later served as Assistant Managing Editor for Metropolitan News and Deputy Managing Editor. Coleman has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism. In 2010, Coleman was elected president of the American Society of News Editors – the nation’s top membership organization for newspaper editors and other news media leaders. In 2011, he was elected president of the Inter-American Press Association, which defends press freedom and the rights of journalists in North and South America.

    The board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism also elected Ricardo Sandoval-Palos as its president.  Sandoval-Palos is a DC-based writer and consultant, working most recently with Human Rights Watch and the Center for Public Integrity. From 1997 to 2006, Sandoval-Palos was a Latin American correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and the San Jose Mercury News. His investigative reporting has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association, the Loeb Awards for business journalism, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

    Sandoval-Palos replaces outgoing president Brant Houston, who had served as president for four years. Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois, will continue to serve the Fund for Investigative Journalism as a member of the Advisory Board.

    For more than forty years 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 Fund receives support from foundations and from individuals. Its foundation supporters are The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Reva & David Logan Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Herb Block Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, and The Nara Fund.

    Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC. Pro bono business advisory services are provided by Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor of Finance at The American University’s Kogod School of Business.

    Grant Proposal Deadline: Monday February 10, 2014

    December 27th, 2013

    Washington – The next deadline for grant applications to the Fund for Investigative Journalism has been set for Monday, February 10, 2014, at 5pm Eastern time.

    For application instructions, visit the Fund’s website, www.fij.org; click on Apply for a Grant.

    For further information about the grant application process, call Sandy Bergo, 202-662-7564, or send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.