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By Eric Ferrero, Executive Director  A remarkable new investigation on NPR found that heat is killing workers in the U.S. – particularly people of color – and that there are no federal rules to protect them. A team of investigative reporters across four media organizations in several states found that at least 384 workers have died from environmental hear exposure ...

WASHINGTON, DC, September 15, 2021 – The Fund for Investigative Journalism announced today that it is receiving funding from FairWarning, the nonprofit investigative news organization that announced earlier this year that it is closing. When a nonprofit organization dissolves, it designates another organization to receive its remaining funds; Fair Warning designated the Fund for Investigative Journalism, given the close alignment ...

By Eric Ferrero, Executive Director In a new investigation for the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, Giacomo Bologna found that St. Dominic Hospital, a large nonprofit hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, has aggressively pursued payment from thousands of poor patients, including many who should have qualified for charity care. Bologna found that the hospital’s debt collectors sued patients at least 3,600 times from ...

The Fund for Investigative Journalism continued its “Impact Investigations,” webinar series this month with a discussion on child welfare coverage. This one-hour virtual forum includes insights, lessons and tips for investigative reporting on foster care, child protective services and other aspects of child welfare systems. You can watch the full webinar recording and find resources from the discussion below.  Resources:Karen de ...

Pilot program for Sept. 13 grant deadline prioritizes first-time applicants and journalists of colorJournalists who are applying for grants in the Fund for Investigative Journalism’s fall grantmaking cycle can be matched with former grantees who will provide mentorship in the application process, including feedback on proposals before they are submitted. First-time applicants and journalists of color will be prioritized for ...

Grants and other support will help reporters produce groundbreaking coverage on government/corporate wrongdoing, criminal justice, civil rights, and the environment.WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2021 – The Fund for Investigative Journalism today announced that its board of directors has awarded grants to reporters for 16 new investigative projects. The investigative projects include print, broadcast and online news stories, books, documentaries, and ...

By Eric Ferrero, executive directorIt’s been three months since Leah Sottile’s story on James Plymell’s death was published in High Country News, republished in other outlets and amplified in Longreads. It’s one of those stories that sticks with you for months after you read it. With a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Sottile took a deep dive into a ...

The Fund for Investigative Journalism teamed up with the Uproot Project and investigative reporters to hold an online forum on covering the environment with a racial equity lens. In this webinar, you’ll hear from several leading journalists, including two of our grantees whose recent stories examine the impact of environmental issues on communities of color. The discussion is moderated by Lottie ...

By Eric Ferrero, Executive Director Jo Napolitano’s remarkable new book, “The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America,” (Beacon Press) is out today. The book details the civil rights battle waged across the country on behalf of immigrant children denied access to education in the nation’s public school system. It tells this larger story through ...

Grants and other support will help journalists in 16 states produce groundbreaking investigative stories WASHINGTON, DC, April 14, 2021 – The Fund for Investigative Journalism today announced that its board of directors awarded grants to reporters for 28 new investigative projects in its most recent round of funding. This is the organization’s largest group of grants in its 52-year history. ...