(Washington, D.C.) – August 27, 2019 – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), and the Miami Herald Media Company today announced a fellowship project that seeks to expand investigative reporting opportunities for diverse journalists.
The unique partnership will offer freelance journalists an opportunity to complete an investigative project that digs into issues of consequence and of interest to readers of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald. The content produced during the three-month fellowship will be edited and published by the Miami Herald Media Company’s flagship publications – the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald – in both English and Spanish. The fellow will receive a $30,000 grant financed by FIJ and NAHJ. Miami Herald Media Company will provide the fellow with workspace and other editorial support. The fellowship will fund work-related travel, and other expenses, plus a stipend.
“We are pleased to embark on this partnership that seeks to bring more diverse qualified individuals to investigative journalism,” said Marcia Bullard, board chairperson of FIJ. “This fellowship demonstrates our organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
“Finding different ways of funding stories that impact our communities is a necessary and important goal,” said Alberto B. Mendoza, executive director of NAHJ. “With this fellowship we show our commitment to fostering equal opportunity and to increase media representation from diverse communities,” said Mendoza.
“Investigative journalism is at the core of what we do,” said Aminda Marqués González, executive editor and publisher of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald. “We are thrilled to be part of this groundbreaking collaboration.” The Miami Herald has won 22 Pulitzer prizes, including three in the last 10 years.
“What we are looking for are proposals for stories that uncover something we didn’t know and engages our readers,” said Nancy San Martin, managing editor of el Nuevo Herald. “We want the kind of storytelling that gets readers to pause, think, share, discuss, react; journalism with the wow-factor.”
The partnership comes as FIJ celebrates its 50th anniversary and NAHJ celebrates its 35th year. All partners involved in the project believe promoting diversity in investigative journalism will increase public awareness and understanding of under-reported issues.
The deadline for proposals will be Oct. 7th. To apply please go to FIJ.org
About the Fund for Investigative Journalism
The Fund for Investigative Journalism helps fund groundbreaking investigative stories that otherwise would not be told. FIJ issues a call three or four times a year to freelance and independent investigative journalists to apply for grants. Successful applicants can use the money for travel, data, documents and other reporting expenses.
About the National Association of Hispanic Journalists
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the United States and dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. The mission of NAHJ is to increase the number of Latinos in the newsrooms and to work toward fair and accurate representation of Latinos in news media. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ has approximately 2,300 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators. For more information please visit NAHJ.org or follow on Twitter @NAHJ.
About the Miami Herald Media Company
The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) publishes two daily newspapers: the Miami Herald, winner of 22 Pulitzer Prizes, and el Nuevo Herald, an award-winning Spanish-language publication. Together, the company’s products reach more than 1.3 million people each week in South Florida. In addition to the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, MHMC products include its news websites, MiamiHerald.com and elNuevoHerald.com with a combined monthly traffic of 62.9 million pageviews and 22.6 million unique visitors; the popular local entertainment website Miami.com; and INDULGE luxury magazine. The company produces content for video, mobile and radio in association with WLRN/Herald News; as well as custom publications for hotels, airlines and other luxury clients through its subsidiary, HCP Media. MHMC is owned by McClatchy.