The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

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    Monday May 11, 2015 - 5pm Eastern time
  • How FIJ Helped to Uncover the My Lai Massacre

    Seymour HershClick here to hear veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh tell how – with financial support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism – he learned about the massacre of civilians in Vietnam, how he tracked down Lt. William Calley and, in so doing, changed the world’s perception of American intervention in Southeast Asia. It demonstrates how small grants from our fund have enabled talented journalists to produce big, important stories, changing the course of history.

    No End to Oil Train Explosions

    March 12th, 2015

    compressed for webpagesIn a column for the New York Times, Marcus Stern explains why oil trains keep blowing up across America. A 2014 investigation of the train explosions by Stern and Sebastian Jones for InsideClimate News, the Weather Channel, and the Investigative Fund was financed, in part, by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Park Foundation.

    Photo credit: Jason Rudge / The Weather Channel

    Discrepancies in Nursing Home Staffing Reports

    March 10th, 2015

    Jon-LowensteinFrom Jeff Kelly Lowenstein for the Center for Public Integrity and Hoy Chicago, an investigation of nursing homes’ staffing levels. Lowenstein found that most nursing homes tell different stories to the public and to the government. They tell the public that staffing levels are higher than what they report on official documents filed with the federal government. Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Jon Lowenstein


    The Elusive Goal of “Housing First”

    February 28th, 2015

    homeless_sleepFrom the San Francisco Public Press: a series on the difficulty fulfilling a 10-year-old promise of finding homes for the city’s neediest residents, and why the jail has become the city’s psychiatric institution of last resort.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Anna Vignet

    The Vatican’s Loophole

    February 22nd, 2015

    From Jason Berry, for GlobalPost, a story about the limits to Pope Francis’ power to make good on his pledge of “zero tolerance” towards clergy who abuse children. In a follow-up piece, Berry explores the issues surrounding demands for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.]

    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.

    U. S. Seed Introduced to Africa, Through 4-H Clubs

    February 10th, 2015

    4H_A_630-2From Kiera Butler for Mother Jones, the story of high quality – but expensive – seeds planted in Africa by 4-H club members, funded by the USDA and corporate sponsor DuPont. Will African farmers get hooked on DuPont’s “Pioneer” seed? If so, who will pay? Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Peter DiCampo

    America’s Guilt Mill

    February 9th, 2015

    Jernigan LineupFrom David J. Krajicek for The Crime Report, a groundbreaking investigation of the many thousands of wrongful convictions for crimes such as robbery – cases that have been overlooked because advocates focus on suspects who face the death penalty or life in prison. One woman spent seven years in prison for an Arizona bank robbery — until the real robber was found. “If it can happen to me,” Rachel Jernigan told Krajicek, “it can happen to anyone.” Click here for the main story, the history sidebar, and the local court sidebar.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Unjustified Police Shootings in the Dominican Republic

    February 9th, 2015

    18 degrees northFrom Ezra Fieser for 18 Degrees North: A report on suspects who are shot and killed by police in the Dominican Republic. Human rights researchers say 15 percent of all homicides there are committed by law enforcement officers.

    Watch the report here.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Fishermen Use DDT to Catch Fish From Volta Lake

    February 9th, 2015

    Photo1906From Adu Koranteng for New Crusading Guide Newspaper and Modern Ghana News: It’s banned, but practiced by fishermen in Ghana who are desperate to make a living. They kill fish with poisons such as DDT; the fish are later sold in markets. One local man told Koranteng: “We have seen them do it in the night but you cannot go close to them since some of them wield machetes… they will try to sink your canoe or kill you.” Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Green Park Foundation and The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Adu Koranteng



    Meltdown in Haditha

    February 6th, 2015

    Meltdown_coverFrom Kenneth Englade, the account of the failure of military to exact justice in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians – including six children – at the hands of a U. S. Marine squad. Read more.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Park Foundation.]