As the new year gets into full gear, It’s a good time to look back at the work FIJ grantees have produced. Last year, grant recipients have published about three dozen projects.
In December, we feature a trove of stories – including a deep dive into the background of a Kentucky legislator, further risks of corruption in Colombia and stories about the criminal justice system from two of our FIJ/Schuster Institute diversity fellows.
FIJ’s ability to sponsor this kind of reporting depends on the financial support we receive from donors.
FIJ is fortunate to get additional backing from longtime supporters like the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, which recently awarded FIJ $35,000 for each of the next two years.
In addition, The Nara Fund has given FIJ another $15,000. In its award letter, the fund said it was inspired by FIJ’s work, and it was “honored to help support it, especially so at this time.”
Hard-hitting, fact-based journalism is needed more than ever, and FIJ is determined to help freelance and independent journalists continue to deliver quality watchdog journalism in the New Year.
The New Year also brings new leadership to FIJ’s governing board. Marcia Bullard, a past president and chief executive officer of the national magazine USA WEEKEND, will take the helm of the board when current president Ricardo Sandoval-Palos steps down.
“This is a critical time for America to support independent and investigative journalism,” Bullard said. “It’s energizing that so many people are donating to FIJ so we can continue this work. I expect 2018 will bring many important stories to light.”
Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune will assume the role of vice president, the post Bullard currently holds. In addition, Mark Greenblatt of the Scripps Washington Bureau will fill Page’s current position of Treasurer.
Ron Nixon of the New York Times; David Ottaway, a Woodrow Wilson Center fellow; and Tisha Thompson of ESPN will also be departing the board because of term-limit rules.
In December, the board voted in three new members to the board: Lottie Joiner, a freelance journalist and current FIJ/Schuster Institute diversity fellow; Susanne Reber, the executive editor of Reveal, a nationally broadcast public radio show; and Joe Stephens, who is the Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence at Princeton University.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH
FIJ/Schuster Institute diversity fellows deliver projects focused on criminal justice system