The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Application Deadline

    Monday May 16, 2016 - 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.

    Dying for Dollars: For-Profit Health Care in KY Jails

    December 28th, 2015

    PrintFrom the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and reporter R.G. Dunlop, the story of  dangerously subpar health care for prisoners in Kentucky.

    An excerpt: “Jails buy medical care they can afford. Companies like Southern Health Partners make a profit. But promised and required services are not always provided. Inmates suffer as a result. And virtually no one is doing anything about it.”

    Part two of the series examines the state’s role: “DOC (Department of Corrections) rarely probes deeply when a jail inmate dies. And it apparently has not sanctioned a single jail in connection with the more than 140 inmate deaths that have occurred during the past five-and-a-half years.”

    A Lexington Herald Leader editorial called the findings “horrific… political expediency is no excuse in the face of unnecessary deaths, costly legal settlements and insults to our concept of basic human rights.”

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

    Support Investigative Journalism

    December 22nd, 2015

    Make a tax-deductible donation today to the Fund for Investigative Journalism through the Catalogue for Philanthropy-Greater Washington, which vets and promotes selected DC-area nonprofits for their “great programming and sound finances.”

    Thank you and Happy Holidays!

    Overcrowded Prisons in Armenia

    December 15th, 2015

    RozaFrom Roza Hovhannisyan for, the story of overcrowded prisons in Armenia, a country that is loath to allow prisoners out on parole. Inside, the conditions are breeding grounds for corruption, too, with prisoners paying staff to obtained banned items such as telephone cards and mobile phones.

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

    Photo credit: Roza Hovhannisyan


    Happy Holidays!

    December 7th, 2015

    Season’s greetings from the Fund for Investigative Journalism!

    During this holiday season, we at FIJ wish you joy and good health. As 2015 comes to a close, we hope you will reflect on all the good things that have transpired over the year.

    We at FIJ are especially grateful for the work done by investigative reporters across the country and the globe – dedicated watchdogs who have made our world a better place because of their reporting.

    Imagine a world without investigative journalists. Investigative reporting exposes wrongdoing, advances reform, enlightens and informs decisions. It also has the potential for changing lives.

    The sad news, of course, is that there are fewer people doing this kind of work because traditional newsrooms continue to reduce their commitment to investigative journalism.

    As a result, freelance reporters have had to fill the void – sometimes financing their projects out of their own pockets.

    donateThat is why we are so thankful for the generosity of our funders – and to friends and colleagues like you –who have contributed to FIJ over the past year. Because of you, FIJ in 2015 awarded 50 grants, averaging $4,400, to investigative reporters hailing from Brooklyn to Seattle, and from Mexico City to Ibadan, Nigeria.

    FIJ grant recipient Ana Arana used her award to help finance six months of reporting on the violence that has plagued Juarez, Mexico.

    Read the rest of this entry »

    Now Accepting Grant Applications

    December 3rd, 2015

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is now accepting applications for its Monday February 1, 2016 (5pm Eastern time) deadline. Please read the application instructions with care; some have changed. The new instructions are available here:

    Giving Thanks

    November 20th, 2015

    With gratitude for their advice, hard work, and financial backing, the board and staff of the Fund for Investigative Journalism would like to acknowledge the many individuals and organizations that have supported the work of investigative reporters throughout the year.

    Major Supporters:

    The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

    The Reva & David Logan Foundation

    The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation

    The Park Foundation

    The Green Park Foundation

    The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation

    The Gannett Foundation

    The Nara Fund

    The Herb Block Foundation

    Connie Rydberg and Nirav Kapadia

    Shari and Charles Pfleeger

    Sally Collier and Bob Caiola


    David Biello

    Michael Beckel

    Rose Ciotta

    Marla Cone

    Dianna Hunt

    Chuck Lewis

    Ingrid Lobet

    Fiona Macleod

    Josh Meyer

    Deborah Nelson

    Ron Nixon

    Judy Pasternak

    Ricardo Sandoval Palos

    Michael Sorkin

    Steven Rich


    Catalogue for Philanthropy – Greater Washington

    Investigative Reporters and Editors

    Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University

    Society of Environmental Journalists


    Eric Fingerhut, Pro Bono Attorney, Dykema

    Leigh Riddick, Pro Bono Financial Advisor, Kogod School of Business, American University

    Bobby Caina Calvan

    Bridget Gallagher

    Bev Orr

    Thanks to all!

    Investigative Reporting Grants Awarded

    November 20th, 2015

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $67,750 in grants to journalists working on 17 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. A typical grant is $5,000.

    The grantees include: Read the rest of this entry »

    Breast Cancer, Money, and a Myth

    November 6th, 2015

    Nancy Stein illustrationPeter Byrne, writing for Point Reyes Light, has dug into the math and science that created the myth of a disturbing breast cancer cluster plaguing well-to-do women in Northern California. He reports on the myth, and the money that sustained it, in a continuing series.

    Part two: Demystifying the risk of breast cancer.

    Part three: The role of the media.

    Part four: Saturated with screenings.

    Part five: The role of hormone replacement.

    Part six: The perils of screening.

    Part seven: The Marin women’s study.

    Part eight: How to pay the bills.

    Part nine: Data riddled with errors.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Illustration by: Nancy Stein

    Report Questions Mexican Government’s Role in Student Abductions

    November 6th, 2015

    Steve Fisher photoFrom Steven Fisher and Anabel Hernández for Mexico’s Spanish-language Proceso magazine, an investigation into the Mexican government’s role in the disappearance of 43 students after a clash on Sept. 26, 2014 in the streets of Iguala. According to the Huffington Post, the duo’s work for Proceso “contradicts claims by the administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, which has repeatedly said the military was not in the streets of Iguala the night the students were abducted” and found “evidence that soldiers from the 27th battalion of the Mexican army may have fired at the students.”

    [Reporting sponsored by individual donors referred by The Catalogue for Philanthropy – Greater Washington.]

    Photo credit: Steve Fisher

    Delays in Blood Testing Put Children at Risk

    November 6th, 2015

    BabyJeremy Chapman for the Montana Center for Investigative Reporting:  Some healthcare facilities in Montana aren’t getting blood samples for newborns to the labs on time, putting children at risk because of delays in administering life-saving treatment. The center pushed reluctant officials at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to release newborn screening records.

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

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt Eric Sheler