Ethics and Excellence Grant Supports Independent Journalists

Washington ( February 16, 2011) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is proud to announce continuing support for its grant program for independent journalists from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, based in Oklahoma City.

The Foundation has announced a grant for $75,000 that will give critical assistance to reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but need help paying the expenses of reporting.

The Fund is particularly grateful for the demonstration of support from the Foundation, as it plays a leading role among philanthropic efforts to sustain and grow nonprofit investigative journalism enterprises in the United States.

“The Foundation has played a crucial role in the resurgence of the Fund as a provider of assistance to independent journalists throughout the U.S.,” said Brant Houston, president of the Fund and Knight Chair of Investigative & Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois. “Without this support, the Fund would be unable to help journalists who are doing some of the best state and regional investigative reporting.”

With this latest award, the Foundation has given the Fund seven grants over the past several years, which the Fund has used to help dozens of investigative journalists.

The Fund is also supported by the Park Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, the Green Park Foundation, and contributions from the public.

The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation recently distributed a total of $1.5 million to 21 journalism organizations, including the Fund for Investigative Journalism.