The Fund for Investigative Journalism

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    “Private Violence” Airs Tonight on HBO

    October 20th, 2014

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is one of the proud sponsors of “Private Violence,” a documentary praised in today’s New York Times for illuminating the “entrenched” problem of domestic violence in “shocking clarity.” Quoting from the review: “[the film's] objective is to change the presumptions so that victims are not fighting an uphill battle from the beginning.”

    Private Violence airs tonight at 9pm on HBO.

     

    Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation Renews Support

    October 3rd, 2014

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation has renewed its support of the Fund’s grant-making program for independent investigative reporters.

    The $25,000 in support from The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation will underwrite grants for reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but lack the resources to complete their projects.

    For more than forty years, the Fund has paid reporting expenses of journalists who produce in-depth, exclusive stories that have impact. In 1969, one of the first grants from the Fund helped freelance reporter Seymour Hersh break the story of the My Lai massacre.

    In addition to support from The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, the Fund receives support from The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Nara Fund, The Reva & David Logan Foundation, The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, from private family foundations, and from individual donors, many of them referred by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

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

    The Fund also offers a mentoring program for grantees, in partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors and with the Society of Environmental Journalists – which recruit mentors from among their members.

    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 for Investigative Journalism makes grants three to four times each year. Potential applicants are invited to contact the office by email, email hidden; JavaScript is required, or phone, 202-662-7564, with questions about the Fund’s grant-making program and to sign up for email notifications of application deadlines.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism relies on donations, which can be made online, www.fij.org, or by mail to the Fund for Investigative Journalism, 529 14th Street NW – 13th floor, Washington D.C. 20045.

    FIJ Awards Grants to Investigative Reporters

    August 11th, 2014

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded nearly $80,000 in grants to support journalists working on 18 projects in the United States and abroad. The journalists are investigating negligence, corruption, and abuse of power in fields such as mental health, government contracting, and criminal justice.

    Since 1969, FIJ has supported independent investigative reporters with grants that cover the cost of reporting, such as travel, document fees, equipment rental; smalls stipend are also considered as part of the overall grant. A typical grant is $5,000.

    The following reporters received FIJ awards:

    Mark Betancourt, DC-based multimedia journalist

    Mariah Blake, Mother Jones

    Adriana Cardona-Maguigad and Rafael Franco Steeves, fellows with the Social Justice News Nexus at Northwestern University

    Beth Cortez-Neavel, Austin-based multimedia and data journalist

    Allyn Gaestel, international freelance journalist

    Wanjohi Kabukuru, Kenya-based journalist

    Jeff Kelly-Lowenstein, journalist and Columbia College of Chicago journalism professor

    Jeremy Knop, Montana Center for Investigative Reporting

    Christian Locka, multi-media investigative reporter

    Claudine LoMonaco, Berlin-based freelance reporter and radio producer

    Daniel McGraw, Cleveland-based investigative reporter and author

    Caitlin McNally, documentary filmmaker

    Christopher Richard, LA-based investigative reporter

    Mark Richardson, investigative reporter specializing in government and politics

    Joseph Sorrentino, Albuquerque-based photographer and journalist, focused on the US-Mexico border region

    Loren Stein, DC-based investigative journalist

    Estacio Valoi, Mozambican investigative journalist

    WAMU-Radio investigative staff

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is supported by 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 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.

    UPCOMING DEADLINE: FIJ is currently accepting applications for its next round of grant-making. The deadline is Monday, September 8, at 5pm Eastern time.

    Grants Available for Investigations

    August 8th, 2014

    (Washington)  The Fund for Investigative Journalism is currently accepting grant proposals to investigate stories in the United States and abroad. The Fund supports work done in all media.

    The deadline for applications is Monday, September 8 at 5pm Eastern Time.

    From this home page, click on “Apply for a Grant” for detailed instructions. If you have further questions about the application process, call 202-662-7564 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

     

     

    The Reva and David Logan Foundation Supports Investigative Journalism

    July 29th, 2014

    Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce that The Reva and David Logan Foundation has awarded $75,000 to help underwrite the Fund’s grant-making program for independent journalists around the world.

    This is the second year that the Fund has received a grant from The Reva and David Logan Foundation.

    The Logan family foundation’s donation in 2013 was instrumental in expanding the Fund’s grant-making program beyond the United States; it helped finance critically needed reporting of abuses around the globe, in places such as Armenia, Fiji, and Kashmir.

    “We are grateful for the support from the Logan family foundation, which comes at a time when investigative reporting is needed more and more around the world,” said Ricardo Sandoval Palos, president of the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. “The Logan contribution will not only underwrite investigative work of journalists abroad, but will help us make training on investigative tools and methods available to a number of promising journalists.”

    The Logans’ generosity also helps the Fund meet a Challenge Grant goal.  The net result is a matching $25,000 donation to the Fund from The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    The Reva and David Logan Foundation supports several high-impact investigative journalism organizations, including The Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, The Centre for Investigative Journalism in London, FRONTLINE and The Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California – Berkeley.

    The Foundation has also endowed a distinguished chair in investigative reporting at UC – Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, held by veteran investigative journalist, Lowell Bergman. The Foundation also sponsors the annual Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting at the university. The 2014 Symposium brought together reporters, editors, students and philanthropists to discuss legal, safety, and financial risks faced by investigative reporters and their sources.

    When asked why his charitable giving supported investigative journalism, The Foundation’s founder, David Logan, said he considered journalism “the guardian of the public interest.”

    David Logan passed away in 2011.

    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.

    In addition to Hersh, many renowned journalists received grants from the Fund early in their careers, including Lowell Bergman, Elizabeth Drew, Alan Berlow, Sandy Close, and Daniel Zwerdling.

    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. The next deadline for applications is Monday, September 8, 2014. The typical grant is around $5,000.

    During the past two years, the Fund has awarded $460,000 in investigative reporting grants.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism also receives support from The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism 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 individual donors — many 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 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.

     

    Applications Due September 8

    July 9th, 2014

    (Washington) The upcoming deadline for applications is Monday, September 8 at 5pm Eastern Time. The Fund for Investigative Journalism is currently accepting proposals to investigate stories in the United States and abroad. The Fund supports work done in all media, as long as the applicant can provide a letter from an executive of a media outlet, committing to run the story – as long as it fulfills the proposal and meets the outlet’s journalistic standards.

    On this home page, click on “Apply for a Grant” for detailed instructions. If you have further questions about the application process, call 202-662-7564 or email fundfij@gmail.

     

    Green Park Foundation Supports Investigative Journalism

    June 9th, 2014

    Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce The Green Park Foundation has awarded $25,000 to support the Fund’s grant-making program for independent journalists around the world.

    The Foundation grant underwrites the Fund’s program in the United States and abroad to pay expenses 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 Green Park Foundation’s support over the years has been responsible for enterprise reporting on climate change issues, including the investigation of an energy project in Papua New Guinea that triggered a deadly landslide – and which received US financial backing despite being at cross purposes with President Obama’s pledge to phase out fossil fuels.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is also supported by 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 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 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.

    Award for Mental Health Investigation

    June 6th, 2014

    Stuy auditoriumRong Xiaoqing of the Chinese-language Sing Tao Daily has won a Deadline Club Award from the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, for her story: “The Dark Corner in an Elite High School – Mental Health of Successful Students Needs More Attention.” Rong’s story was a deeply reported examination of the mental health consequences for some students at the highly competitive Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan.

    Rong also placed second in the Ippies Award for investigative reporting. The award, sponsored the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, honors work by ethnic and community media in New York. The judges’ comment: “The story showed diligent research on a sensitive and rarely examined subject.”

    FIJ Announces Grant Awards

    May 1st, 2014

    (Washington)

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded $62,700 in grants to support journalists working on 14 projects in the United States, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. The journalists are investigating corruption, malfeasance, and abuse of power in the public and private sectors.

    Since 1969, FIJ has supported independent investigative reporters with grants that cover the cost of reporting, such as travel, document fees, and equipment rental. Recently FIJ has begun to award small stipends as part of the overall grant. A typical grant is $5,000.

    The following reporters received FIJ awards:

    Jason Berry, author and freelance journalist

    Roddy Boyd, financial investigative reporter

    Steve Brenner, sports journalist

    Maurice Chammah, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

    Ezra Fieser, foreign correspondent based in the Dominican Republic

    Celeste Fremon, LA-based writer and editor

    Joseph Mazige, Kampala-based investigative reporter

    Moises Mendoza, Shaminder Dulai, Urs Spindler, and Jason Witmer – based in the US and Germany

    Vivekananda Nemana and Ankita Rao, American multimedia journalists based in Hyderabad, India

    Christopher Pala, Washington DC-based investigative reporter

    Kate Pastor, Bronx-based journalist

    Alisa Roth, editor, Life of the Law

    Khadija Sharife, Africa-based writer

    Laird Townsend, director of Project Word

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is supported by 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 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.

    UPCOMING DEADLINE: FIJ is currently accepting applications for its next round of grant-making. The deadline is Monday, May 5, at 5pm Eastern time.

    FIJ makes grants three to four times a year.

    Application Deadline Approaching

    April 23rd, 2014

    (Washington) Reminder: the May 5, 2014 deadline is approaching to submit a grant application to the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ).

    Grants cover 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 Board of Directors looks for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public or private sectors. FIJ accepts applications for both domestic and foreign investigations.

    Visit the FIJ website for detailed instructions and the on-line application form: http://fij.org/grant-application/.

    Apply by May 5, at 5pm Eastern time to be considered for this round of funding. FIJ makes grants three or four times a year.

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