FIJ awards nearly $60K in grants for 8 investigative projects

The Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded $58,535 in reporting grants for eight projects that will help shine light on potential abuses of power, expose significant shortcomings in social institutions and give voice to people who seldom have the platform to share their stories.

Among the grant recipients:

Katti Gray, a veteran journalist who mainly covers health and criminal justice issues;
Christina Goldbaum, an independent investigative journalist based in East Africa;
InvestigateWest, a Seattle-based journalism nonprofit;
James McNair, a Cincinnati-based investigative reporter;
Aly Pachter and the staff of the Georgetown University newspaper, The Hoya;
Jenni Monet, an independent journalist who reports extensively on the rights of the country’s indigenous people;
Alisa Partlan and Hella Winston, two New York-based investigative journalists; and
Robin Urevich, a Los Angeles-based reporter.

Applications are now being accepted at for the next round of grants. The deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018.

Earlier this year, FIJ and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism announced four new diversity fellows: Danielle Mackey, Johnny Magdaleno, Luis Trelles and Chandra Whitfield.

The fellows are focusing on a broad spectrum of social justice issues, including racial disparities in domestic violence cases, treatment for opioid addiction, Central American gangs, and the government’s handling of natural disasters.

The Ford Foundation is underwriting the reporting fellowships for a second year.

In other news: The Park Foundation has renewed its support for FIJ’s mission by awarding a $50,000 grant for the next funding year.