The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Application Deadline

    Monday Sept. 26, 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.

    Diversity Initiative Supports Social Justice Reporting

    Through a collaboration underwritten by a Ford Foundation grant, The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University have joined forces to broaden opportunities for independent investigative reporting by women and journalists of color. Four independent, U.S.-based reporters with strong proposals to investigate significant systemic or social justice issues will receive competitively awarded grants up to $9,000 to pay for costs such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small stipends.

    Can Colombia’s Displaced Go Home Again?

    May 24th, 2016

    ColombiaFrom Camila Osorio for The New Republic. Is it a new day in Colombia for the millions of peasants who were forcibly displaced from their land by paramilitaries or guerrilla groups during the past several decades? A land restitution law and peace process are in place, but for many, who have been threatened, and know of activists who were murdered, the choice is not clear. “The expectations are high, but so is the fear,” writes Osorio.

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

    Photo credit: Camila Osorio

    Blood Rubies: A Troubling Pattern of Violence

    May 11th, 2016

    Rubi scenes DSC_0114 (4)From Estacio Valoi, for Foreign Policy and 100Reporters, the story of violence, including shootings and deaths of small scale miners who dig for rubies on a foreign concession in Montepuez, Mozambique.

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

    Photo credit: Estacio Valoi

    Investigative Grants Awarded

    May 3rd, 2016

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $60,600 in grants to journalists working on 13 projects in the United States and around the world. Grants from FIJ help freelancers and reporters working for nonprofit news organizations cover expenses such as document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and equipment rental fees.

    The grantees are: Read the rest of this entry »

    Cholera in Haiti and the International Coverup

    May 3rd, 2016

    haitipic1From Pearly Tan, the e-book Cholera in Haiti and the International Coverup exposes how the United Nations initially avoided responsibility for the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti by circulating false information, which also delayed response to the crisis. The source is now known to be the UN peacekeepers who carried the disease from Nepal. When they set up camp in Haiti, the disease spread to the main river that flows through the country, the source of water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. From Haiti, cholera has since spread to other countries, and killed at least 9,000 people.

    The e-book is available through ITunes.

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

    Photo credit: Pearly Tan

    The Desegregation Plan That Never Had a Chance

    May 2nd, 2016

    Erika at the Jackson Red Line with street performers in the background.From Maya Dukmasova and Meribah Knight for the Chicago Reader, the story of how political interference halted a promising housing integration program before it had a chance. Dukmasova and Knight are fellows in the Social Justice News Nexus, a program at Northwestern University’s Medill journalism school that brings together graduate students and professional reporters to work on in-depth stories.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Gannett Foundation.]

    Credit: Sunshine Tucker / Chicago Reader

    Prestigious Journalism Awards Honor “No-Jail Jailers” Series

    April 22nd, 2016

    County-Jailer-Boone-Mahon-800x533The “No-Jail Jailers” investigation from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has been honored with two top news industry awards: a national Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for radio investigative journalism, and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

    The investigation exposed a system in Kentucky that wasted $2 million a year, paying 41 elected jailers and deputies in counties that have no jails. The investigation was supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, with funding from The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    IRE judges commented: “The project stood out for the thorough data-driven reporting and the way its engaging interviews made for good radio.”

    Photo credit: Jacob Ryan

    Secret Meetings? Who’s to Know?

    April 13th, 2016

    Save Our FarmsMiranda Spivack for the Columbia Journalism Review documents the decline of local news coverage, and the rise of community activists to fill the vacuum.  She examines the impact on small town governance: less accountability to open meetings laws, diminished  coverage of meetings, and more single source reporting.

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

    Photo credit: Miranda Spivack

    It’s Not Just Elephants Being Slaughtered; Smaller Animals are Caught by Poachers, Too

    April 11th, 2016

    Patrol_01From Laura Krantz for Takepart.com, the story of bushmeat poaching, its effect on Africa’s ecosystems and what’s being done to stop it.

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

    Photo credit: Laura Krantz

    Park Foundation Supports Investigative Journalism

    April 1st, 2016

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is proud to announce that it has received renewed funding from the Park Foundation, the Ithaca New York based foundation. The Park Foundation, a major supporter of public interest media,  environmental concerns, and other sustainability issues, has been an FIJ supporter since 2010.

    The Park Foundation awarded $50,000 which will allow FIJ to make eight competitively awarded grants and launch as many domestic investigations by independent investigative reporters during the coming year. The grants will be awarded during the course of three FIJ grant cycles starting in May and continuing through early 2017.

    During the past year, Park funding has been responsible for investigations by FIJ-supported journalists of immigration detention centers, failures of the criminal justice system, environmental hazards, and much more.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism, founded in 1969, makes grants to independent investigative journalists to cover the costs of reporting, such as document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and rental fees for multi-media production equipment. A typical grant is $5,000.

    In 2015, FIJ grantees produced more than fifty investigative stories in the United States and around the world.

    FIJ 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.

     

    The Sex Abuse Scandal that Devastated a Megachurch

    March 22nd, 2016

    megachurch_featuredFrom Tiffany Stanley for Washingtonian Magazine, an investigation into child sexual abuse within a 40-year-old, global evangelical ministry. A scandal ensued after former church members accused pastors of mishandling abuse reports involving congregation members, for decades.

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

    Photo of former Covenant Life Church member Pam Palmer and daughter Renee, by Kate Warren