Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce that The Reva & David Logan Foundation has awarded $50,000 to support the fund’s grant-making program for independent investigative reporters around the world.
In making the donation, The Foundation cited the Fund’s role in “helping to develop the journalistic talents of the future,” as one reason for supporting its grant-making and mentoring programs.
“We are deeply grateful for this support,” said Brant Houston, president of the Fund’s board of directors. “It will allow the Fund to assist international journalists at a time so many local investigative stories have global links and implications.”
For more than forty years the Fund has paid reporting expenses of reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism but lack the resources to complete their projects.
The Reva & David Logan Foundation supports several premiere investigative journalism organizations, including The Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, The Centre for Investigative Journalism in London, FRONTLINE and The Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California.
The Foundation has also endowed a distinguished chair in investigative reporting at the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, currently held by veteran investigative journalist, Lowell Bergman.
The annual Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting at The University of California, Berkeley brings together investigative reporters, editors, students and funders to network and collaborate in developing new models for reaching larger audiences with high impact investigative reporting and creating new avenues for profitability.
When asked why his charitable giving supported investigative journalism, founder David Logan, who died in 2011, said he considered investigative journalists to be “the guardians of the public interest.”
The Fund for Investigative Journalism is an independent, nonprofit organization that has supported hundreds of public service reporting projects since 1969, when it provided funding for Seymour Hersh to investigate the massacre of civilians by American soldiers in My Lai, Vietnam.
Many renowned journalists have received grants from the fund early in their careers, including Hersh, Lowell Bergman, Elizabeth Drew, Alan Berlow, Sandy Close, and Daniel Zwerdling. Four recent grantees were honored as finalists for the Livingston award for young journalists.
In addition to support from The Reva & David Logan Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism receives foundation support From The Ethics And Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Herb Block Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Nara Fund, from private family foundations, and from individuals.
The John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the Journalism Department in the College of Media at the University of Illinois also supports the fund. Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema.
Donations to the fund can be made online, www.fij.org, or by mail to the Fund for Investigative Journalism, 529 14th Street NW – 13th floor, Washington D.C. 20045.