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    Grants Awarded

    May 8th, 2015

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $71,300 in grants to journalists working on 15 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. FIJ also pays small stipends. A typical grant is $5,000.

    The following reporters and non-profit news organizations received grants:

    Ana Arana, Mexico City-based reporter

    Ken Armstrong, Seattle-based author

    Amy Bracken, Boston-based freelance reporter and radio producer

    Olga Ceaglei, investigative reporter from the Republic of Moldova

    Steve Fisher and Anabel Hernández, fellows, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley

    The Investigative Reporter Project of

    Kay Mastenbroek, Myanmar based journalist and film maker

    Jarrett Murphy, executive editor and publisher, City Limits

    Mark Olalde, Chicago-based investigative reporter

    Camila Osorio, Colombian investigative reporter based in New York.

    Christopher Pala, free-lance journalist based in Washington, D.C., with special interest in Pacific issues

    Miranda Spivack, Washington-based reporter specializing in accountability stories

    Kolawole Talabi is an independent storyteller based in Ibadan, Nigeria

    Lee van der Voo, author

    Nancy West, New Hampshire based investigative reporter

    The Fund’s program of grant-making for domestic stories is supported by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Park Foundation, and The Gannett Foundation. Domestic and foreign projects are supported by The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation and The Green Park Foundation. General support has been granted by The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nara Fund, The Herb Block Foundation, 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.

    Fund for Investigative Journalism – Logan Fellows Announced

    April 16th, 2015

    (Washington) Four journalists whose work has been supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) are headed next week to the 2015 Logan Symposium, hosted by the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program.

    Over the course of three days, invited journalists, academics, government officials, and philanthropists will hear presentations by new players in the field of investigative journalism – such as The Marshall Project, Gawker Media, BuzzFeed, and First Look Media – learn about innovative storytelling techniques, and discuss the state of nonprofit investigative reporting.

    A generous grant from the Reva and David Logan Foundation allowed the Fund for Investigative Journalism – Logan fellows to attend the 2015 Symposium.

    The Reva and David Logan Foundation, one of FIJ’s major supporters, also endowed a chair in investigative journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, now held by Lowell Bergman.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism – Logan fellows are:

    *Zahra Burton, founder of Global Reporters for the Caribbean, which reported on police shootings in the Dominican Republic with grant support from FIJ.

    *Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern, co-authors of Eternal Harvest, a book documenting the enduring hazards of bombs dropped over Laos by the American military during the Vietnam War. Those bombs are still exploding today, and have killed or injured more than 20,000 Laotian people since the end of the war. Coates and Redfern were supported by an FIJ grant.

    *Camila Osorio, a New York University graduate student whose FIJ-sponsored investigation will appear in both New York and Colombian news outlets.

    Park Foundation Supports Investigative Journalism Grants

    April 8th, 2015

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is pleased to announce that The Park Foundation has awarded $50,000 in support of FIJ’s grant-making program for independent investigative reporters. This marks the fifth year the Foundation has supported investigative projects screened and selected by FIJ’s board of directors.

    During the past year, with Park Foundation backing, reporters have exposed how rare it is for the federal government to prosecute corporate environmental crime, the pay-to-play culture connecting political money and government contractors in the District of Columbia, and the hazards of transporting explosive crude oil across America by train – along the country’s aging railroad tracks and trestles.

    The Park Foundation support helps underwrite FIJ’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.

    Headquartered in Ithaca New York, The Park Foundation’s media program supports investigative journalism, public broadcasting programs, and documentaries. The Foundation also supports higher education, environmental causes, animal welfare, community needs and sustainability initiatives in and around Ithaca.

    The Herb Block Foundation Supports Investigative Reporting

    April 1st, 2015

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is pleased to announce The Herb Block Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant in support of FIJ’s grant-making program for independent investigative reporters.

    The award was made as part of The Herb Block Foundation’s “Defending Basic Freedoms” program, which supports projects that work to safeguard freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, that fight against prejudice and discrimination, and that hold the government accountable to the public.

    The Foundation was established with funds bequeathed by The Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herb Block, whose life’s work was devoted to exposing abuses of power. The cartoonist won three Pulitzer Prizes and shared in a fourth.

    This marks the second year that The Herb Block Foundation has granted general support for FIJ’s grants for investigative reporters.

    Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Supports Investigative Reporting

    March 17th, 2015

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is proud to announce that the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation has renewed its support of the Fund’s grant-making program. The $100,000 donation from the Foundation will underwrite grants to independent reporters who have leads, ideas, and expertise, but need help paying the expenses of reporting.

    The Oklahoma City-based foundation has been a proud supporter of the Fund for many years, and more recently has aided the growth of many investigative reporting centers formed to serve urban and regional “news deserts” where metropolitan newspapers and broadcast stations once had robust, prize-winning investigative reporting teams.

    The financial assistance from the Fund – along with mentors recruited through partnerships with Investigative Reporters and Editors and with the Society of Environmental Journalists – helps independent investigative journalism thrive in an era of shrinking staffs and diminished newsroom resources.

    The Fund is grateful to the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation for its continued support of a grant-making program for freelancers, who bring local investigative news to communities throughout the United States.

    Application Deadlines

    March 12th, 2015

    Application deadlines for the next three grant cycles are as following:

    Monday, May 11, 2015, at 5pm Eastern Time.

    Monday, September 21, 2015, at 5pm Eastern Time.

    Monday, February 1, 2016 at 5pm Eastern Time.

    Grants Awarded

    February 23rd, 2015

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded $69,000 in grants to support journalists working on 17 projects in the United States and around the world. The journalists are investigating abuse of power by public officials and powerful private institutions. 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:

    Badruddoza Babu, Bangladesh based broadcast reporter

    Jeanne Baron, New York City based human rights reporter

    Tony Bartelme, book author

    Sandra Bartlett, Toronto-based investigative reporter.

    Marianna Grigoryan, Yerevan based investigative reporter and editor

    Stephanie Guyer-Stevens, California based reporter

    Adu Koranteng, Ghana-based investigative reporter

    Margaret Lucas, associate publisher, Oakland Local

    Carlos Mendoza, economic specializing in violence analysis

    Annie Murphy, journalist and radio producer currently based in Maine

    Francisco Rodriguez, political scientist and journalist at elPeriodico, Guatemala

    Elizabeth Shogren, independent reporter based in Washington DC area

    Dylan Smith,

    Santiago Villa, Beijing-based multi-media investigative journalist

    Zvezdana Vukojevic, investigative reporter

    Adam Wisnieski, Bronx-based investigative reporter

    Stephanie Woodard, for Indian Country Today Media Network





    Investigative Freelancer Survey Released

    February 17th, 2015

    Project Word has released a groundbreaking survey of investigative freelance reporters, called “Untold Stories.” Major finding: freelancers say they are forced to drop many investigative stories each year for lack of financial resources. Interested in the feedback the survey would produce, The Fund for Investigative Journalism helped out by notifying its grantees of the opportunity to participate.

    Deadline Extended to February 2

    January 6th, 2015

    (Washington) The January 15, 2015 deadline for applications has been extended to Monday, February 2, 2015 at 5pm Eastern time. The Fund for Investigative Journalism is currently accepting applications for domestic and foreign investigations.

    Deadline Extended

    December 19th, 2014

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism has extended its grant proposal deadline to Monday, February 2, 2015 – 5pm Washington DC time (EST).

    The typical grant is $5,000. Qualified grant expenses include out-of-pocket costs such as travel, document production and equipment rental. Small stipends may be considered as a part of the grant. FIJ is currently accepting proposals for domestic and overseas investigations.

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