Grants fund investigative journalism

The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s Board of Directors meets three times each year to consider grant applications for investigative projects. The next deadline is Monday February 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

The maximum grant is $10,000. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends, as part of the budget.

With the generosity of the Scripps Howard Foundation, FIJ has the ability to provide mentors to a select number of our grant recipients.

To apply for a grant (and request a mentor), visit: investigate.submittable.com. 

If you are not prepared to apply for the current round of grants, two additional opportunities will be available later this year, with the following deadlines: Monday, May 7 and Monday, September 24.

Before you apply, be sure to obtain a “Letter of Commitment” from a news editor, pledging that news outlet will publish or air the specific story you propose – as long as it meets the publication’s expectations and standards. This letter should not be thought of as an unqualified pledge. If the work is not satisfactory, the news outlet cannot be expected to publish it. FIJ needs this commitment before it makes a grant because it doesn’t have the capacity to help reporters place stories.

The Board of Directors looks for:  stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors.

The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color.

It is Fund policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants, with the second half of the grant paid on evidence of publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal. Second half grants are not guaranteed if projects are not completed in a timely fashion.

Application requirements include a proposal, resume, work sample, budget, and a letter of commitment from a news outlet pledging to run the story if it is completed as proposed and meets the news organization’s journalistic standards. All application documents must be written in English and budgets expressed in U.S. dollars.

Guidelines for international reporting grants: To be considered, foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters or have a strong US angle, involving American citizens, government, or business. All stories must be published in English and have a media outlet in the United States.

Budget guidelines: Your estimated budget must itemize expenses of reporting such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small stipends. Be specific. Vague line items may be denied. Identify other sources of funding. If you are applying for a book grant, provide detail as to resources available from the publisher, and explain why a grant is needed.

Disclaimer of Liability: The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s role in assisting journalists is limited to making grants. The Fund assumes no liability for the legal and/or safety risks undertaken by journalists in the course of their reporting.

Mentors: FIJ now offers a competitive opportunity to be matched with a mentor. FIJ operates this program in partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists, with seed funding from the Scripps Howard Foundation. As part of the application form, we ask that you explain how a mentor can help you and whether you can commit to keep your mentor informed of your progress.  Mentors act as sounding boards, and work with grantees over the length of their projects. If you were previously awarded a grant and are seeking a mentor, please contact FIJ for information on how to apply.

Questions: Executive Director Sandy Bergo welcomes questions about the application process and requirements by email, sbergo@fij.org, or phone, 202-662-7564.

Review: The Board of Directors reviews and votes on all eligible proposals. Approximately six weeks after the application deadline has passed, applicants will be notified by email of the board’s decision.

Additional resources available to investigative reporters: Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) for grants and services such as researchers and pro-bono lawyers, http://www.projectword.org/fire/guidelines; The George Polk Grants for Investigative Reporting, liu.edu/polk/grants; The Investigative Fund, http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/; the Pulitzer Center, http://pulitzercenter.org/;  for economic and business topics: McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalismand The Society of Environmental Journalists, http://www.sej.org/initiatives/fej-program-guidelines. For a residential fellowship, the Logan Nonfiction Program, http://careyinstitute.org/programs/nonfiction/nonfiction-fellowship/  Contact each organization directly to learn what these programs currently offer, their application requirements and deadlines.

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Spend Two Months Reporting from Germany!

 

American journalists have until March 1, 2018, to apply for a professional exchange program in Germany. Successful applicants will spend August and September living, working and reporting for their home and host news organizations from across the Atlantic.
The Arthur F. Burns Fellowships is a competitive program open to U.S., Canadian and German journalists between the age of 21-40, who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station, news agency or who work freelance and/or online. Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in North American-European affairs. German language proficiency is not required, but it is encouraged.
The Fellowship offers three options:
Option 1: Following an orientation program in Washington, North American fellows participate in an intensive, two-week-long language training at Goethe Institutes in fellows’ host cities. Expenses for language training will be covered and details are made available shortly after announcement of selected fellows (around the end of April). In August and September, fellows work as temporary staff members at host newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations.
Option 2: As of the 2015 program, an additional format has been introduced allowing North American journalists the opportunity to work in Germany for five to six weeks, throughout August and part of September. Journalists who prefer this format will not be formally “hosted” by a German newsroom but will instead be connected with Burns program alumni who will mentor them during their time abroad. Fellows will focus on implementing a previously proposed major story or project for their home media. The story or project must be endorsed by an editor at a media outlet upon application and publication guaranteed. They will not participate in the two-week language training.
Option 3: As of the 2016 program, a third option has been introduced allowing North American developers, technologists, designers, UX experts and digital entrepreneurs the chance to spend two months at a German news organization or technology company. There they will work with their new colleagues while developing tools they can bring back to their own news organizations or companies. They will spend the first two-weeks of the Fellowship in the intensive language training.
Each U.S. Fellow receives a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses during the 9-week-long fellowship in Germany. Participants also receive $1,200 for travel expenses or a travel voucher, and the program also pays living expenses during the orientation in Washington, D.C. Those fellows on the 5-6 week program will receive an amount proportional to their fellowship length.
https://www.icfj.org/arthur-f-burns-fellowship-application-2017
**U.S. Journalists Only**
For more information, please visit www.icfj.org/burns or contact burns@icfj.org.
Damaso Reyes, task force co-chair, is an alum of this program and would be happy to answer any questions about the program you might have.
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Crowdfunding platform for journalists calls for applications

Press Start is designed to help relieve the financial burden on journalists in repressive countries, defined as those deemed “not free” or “partly free” in the current edition of Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press survey. For a list, click here.

To apply for a campaign, you should have at least three years of experience in your country’s domestic media, working on subjects of social importance, which could include but are not limited to politics, human rights, social issues (including gender, minority, and sexual orientation), health, and the environment. We accept applications for traditional print stories and series as well as photo essays, multimedia projects, and reported, influential blogs. We particularly welcome journalists with investigative experience who are seeking funds for a new investigation.

We prefer that applications be in English but can accept Russian and French. All must include the following:

  • a CV
  • links to three samples of your work
  • an essay of introduction no more than 1 ½ single-spaced pages (for examples, see the journalists’ profiles on our website). Tell us why you became a journalist and what challenges you face practicing independent journalism in your country, and mention some of your notable work.
  • a detailed proposal of one-half to one single-spaced page for a story or series. We do not want open-ended questions that you would like to answer in your reporting (which could result in no story). A good proposal would presumably contain an angle on a topic you have already reported on (and therefore have some reason to believe would bear fruit) but have not had the resources to explore. Please tell us the types of sources you would consult and how your project would be new or original.
  • a budget proposal broken down by major expense categories, such as travel costs, interpreters, and equipment. Requests should be in line with our other campaigns (see the “Our Journalists” section of our homepage for a rough idea), and should be no more than $2,000. We will expect to see receipts at the conclusion of your reporting
  • two letters of recommendation from people you have worked with
  • a letter from a commissioning editor at the outlet where you intend to place your work stating his or her interest in publishing/posting/showing the piece(s). If you are a staff journalist, this will likely be from your employer (but does not have to be). If the same editor is also writing one of your letters of recommendation, the expression of interest can be included in the recommendation letter.

To maintain the quality of work produced by Press Start journalists (and therefore keep the confidence of our donors) we urge that our journalists’ projects be subject to a traditional editing process. That means we discourage placement in self-edited outlets, including blogs. We understand, however, that in some countries, little to no independent media exist for placement of investigations, making blogs the only option. In such cases, we require:

  • information on the unique number of visitors to the site per month
  • an outline of the project, including the profile of people to be interviewed and data sought, before work begins
  • a first draft of the finished project for review before posting

Freelancers or salaried journalists are free to apply. Whatever your status, it is crucial that either your introductory essay or your CV identify which media you are currently working for and that you provide enough information about it to help us assess its independence.

 

https://www.pressstart.org/apply

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Contest for ethics in journalism seeks entries

Who: The Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism honors U.S.-based individual journalists, groups of journalists, newsrooms, or news organizations that make a difference in their communities while exhibiting extraordinary commitment to the highest standards of ethical conduct in journalism, even when faced with personal, economic, or political pressure.

What: Nominations can be for a single story or a series in any medium—including newspaper, magazine, broadcast, podcast, or online publication—published in the 2017 calendar year. The judges are most interested in the challenging decisions nominees have made and the process they used to report, write, edit, and publish (or chose not to publish) journalism that made a difference. We would like to see more nominations of multimedia, broadcast, and web-based work this year.

How: To nominate yourself or other journalists or news organizations, please fill out our online nomination form by February 15, 2018. The form will ask you to share contact information, answer brief summary questions about the ethical issues faced, and share links to the published work if available. You can also upload optional letter(s) of recommendation explaining why the nominee deserves an Ancil Payne Award.

http://journalism.uoregon.edu/events/payne-awards/

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IJP offer a bursary to up to six young Southern African Journalists

International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP) offer a bursary to up to six young Southern African (SADC-Member States: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe + Kenia) and up to five young German journalists. For two months the Southern African delegates will have the chance to work in Germany. They will be integrated into the day-to-day journalism of their host newsroom while also researching stories for their home media.

It is assumed that all candidates have a strong command of the English language. German language abilities are an advantage but are not mandatory.

The Southern African-German Journalists’ Programme is a multiyear effort to shape an integrated understanding of the other country and region and to foster relations between Africa and Germany. It has been offered as a response to concerns about an increasing political and cultural detachment between Africa and Europe. The bursary is intended to enable young journalists to gain valuable insights into the political, economical, cultural as well as the social fabric of the host country.

The bursary is named in honour of the former Federal President Horst Köhler and his exemplary dedication to the intensification of German-African relations

For all selected IJP-Fellows the Programme starts with an Introductory Conference for all delegates. This will allow the participants from Southern Africa to familiarise themselves with the host country. After that they will work for several weeks with media houses before going out to undertake individual research within Germany. Applicants are asked to submit their preferences for the newspaper, radio or TV station or news agency they would like to work with. The possible location will be chosen by the IJP organisers in dialogue with each delegate. It is expected that former and new participants assist one another with regard to accommodation and contacts.

http://www.ijp.org/en/fellowships/the-southern-african-bursary/

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Harvard University launches local investigative journalism fellowship

The Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism was created to bolster deeply reported local and regional news stories in underserved communities throughout the United States.

Funded by the Abrams Foundation, the fellowship in the 2018-19 academic year will fund up to three Nieman Fellowships for U.S. journalists who cover news in areas of the United States where resources are scarce. The fellowship additionally will fund up to nine months of fieldwork at the fellow’s home news organization after two semesters at Harvard – or in the case of freelance journalists, a newsroom partner. During the fieldwork period, the Abrams Nieman Fellows may expand or develop an investigative project that will provide better, more in-depth coverage of issues important to the communities they serve.

This pilot fellowship program grows out of a shared belief by the Nieman Foundation and the Abrams Foundation that public service fact-based local and regional investigative journalism is a vital component in a healthy democracy and is in need of new and creative means of support.

At Harvard, the Abrams Nieman Fellows will acquire new knowledge and skills, broaden their understanding of issues important to their communities, build leadership potential and develop an extensive network of expert contacts and potential collaborators in preparation of their fieldwork. The fellowship in broader terms is designed to strengthen journalism in some newsrooms that lack the means to support deep investigations important to local communities.

During their fieldwork, the Abrams Nieman Fellows will work on a public service reporting project for their home news organization and participate in specialized journalism education. During this time, the Abrams Nieman Fellows will return to Harvard University periodically and may create materials and content for Nieman Foundation publications. The fellows may also learn new skills such as audience development and engagement; database journalism; digital storytelling; FOIA requests and research, narrative reporting; and investigative tools and techniques.

The Abrams Nieman Fellowship additionally will provide opportunities for the fellows to build a support network of local journalists looking to collaborate on long-term reporting projects. Journalists who apply for the fellowship may be working on a project they wish to expand in some new way, or make plans to develop a new project during their fieldwork. Nieman alumni, many of whom have produced award-winning investigative work in small markets, will serve as advisors to the Abrams Nieman Fellows.

Candidates for the fellowship must be working journalists with at least five years of full-time media experience. Print, radio, TV and online editors and journalists are all eligible, as are freelancers. The application deadline for the 2018-19 Abrams Nieman Fellowships is Feb. 15, 2018. Information about the application process is available on the How to Apply webpage.

Applicants for the Abrams Nieman Fellowship will be required to provide a short (no more than 500 words) fieldwork proposal.

Those who work within a news organization must request a letter of support for the fieldwork project from their employer. The employer also must state the intent of the news organization to permit the applicant to work on the project for the duration of the fieldwork period. If the immediate supervisor who is writing one of the three letters of recommendation will also submit the letter of support, that person may do so within a single letter.

Freelance applicants are not required to have a letter of support but will be asked to indicate potential partner organizations for their fieldwork project.

http://nieman.harvard.edu/fellowships/the-abrams-nieman-fellowship-for-local-investigative-journalism/

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The Atlantic offers media fellowship

Atlantic Media offers highly ambitious recent college graduates a unique full-time opportunity to participate in our Fellowship Program. This Program is a structured, year-long, paid fellowship for top-tier talent committed to careers in media in business or editorial functions. Additionally, the Atlantic Media Fellows participate in the Atlantic Media Academy, a comprehensive curriculum providing a 360-degree view of the modern media industry covering the editorial, operational, and economic sides of both magazine and digital journalism today.

The Fellowship will begin in July 2018 and will run through June 2019. All Fellowship opportunities will be located in Washington, D.C. or New York, NY. Editorial Fellowship opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Blogging
  • Branded Content
  • Copy Editing
  • Event Content Creation
  • Fact-Checking
  • Multimedia Editing
  • Reporting
  • Research
  • Social Media
  • Video Production

Who an Atlantic Media Editorial Fellow Is:

As a world-renowned enterprise that thinks and acts like a digital media startup, we place a premium on finding exceptional talent. We seek individuals with fresh perspectives who constantly push us to be at the forefront of an increasingly digital, mobile and social world.

 

Attributes Particular to the Role:

  • Passionate: Having a strong interest in publishing and online media
  • Conscientious: Concerned with detail and possessing effective time management and organizational skills
  • Mature: Poised and adept at exhibiting “grace under pressure”

 

Atlantic Media Values – at Least by Aspiration:

  1. Force of Ideas:  At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing.  We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence.  Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, and giving voice to the latter.
  2. Spirit of Generosity:  Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct.  Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.

 

Atlantic Media is an equal opportunity employer of minorities, women, veterans, and those with disabilities.

http://atlanticmedia.theresumator.com/apply/jobs/details/Huj5rDHIGe?

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IWMF offers grants for women’s stories

Off the Coast of Gorée Island

The IWMF’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, sponsored by The Secular Society, is a new funding initiative supporting journalism produced by and about women. In an era of increased globalization, the need for varied coverage of gendered topics is critical to a free and representative press. These grants will be a catalyst for reporting on untold stories surrounding issues that impact women and girls’ daily lives worldwide.

Through programs, fellowships, and grants the IWMF empowers women journalists with the training, support, and network to become leaders in the news industry. The IWMF recognizes that promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media is critical to transparency and that women journalists remain underrepresented in both media organizations and bylines across the world. Consequently, stories about women and the issues that affect their lives remain severely underreported. The IWMF’s Reporting Grants on Women’s Stories initiative empowers journalists to access untold stories through new means of funding that emphasizes gender balanced reporting.

 

The Secular Society’s support for gender equity through independent reporting grants highlights the need to provide women journalists with more robust funding opportunities to pursue journalism in the public interest. The Secular Society believes that all governmental activities and those of religious organizations should be separate; they also hold that all religious beliefs are equally valid and their expression must be treated with tolerance and respect. Journalism funded by the IWMF’s Grants for Women’s Stories will contribute to the larger conversation about secularism’s role globally and focus on the challenges faced by women in a non-secular world.

These grants provide opportunities for women journalists to pursue international stories of importance through gender-sensitive coverage of underreported topics.

  • Grants will average $5,000 USD.
  • Grants will be awarded to cover reporting-related costs including travel (flights, ground transportation, drivers), logistics, visa fees, and payment for fixers/translators.
  • All applications must be filled out online via the IWMF’s online application system.

The IWMF will accept applications twice-yearly. Please keep this is mind when creating proposed project timelines. Due to the large influx of applications, the IWMF can not consider time sensitive proposals. Please refer to the application close date for each application cycle, and expect grants to be disseminated 6 – 10 weeks following the application close. Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists. 

Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories

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Journalism fellowships at Oxford

Develop your academic understanding of the media industry, improve your knowledge and focus on an in-depth piece of research away from the pressure of tight deadlines.

The media industry is undergoing profound change, and evolving practice means agile thinking and a deep understanding of the major issues and challenges are key to industry success.

As a Reuters Institute Journalist Fellow you’ll spend one, two or three terms at the University of Oxford, one of the world’s leading universities, where you’ll:

  • Attend seminars given by a diverse and high-level range of guest speakers who will share their insights into key industry trends and developments
  • Work with an experienced supervisor, usually an Oxford academic, to produce a research paper which will be published and promoted by the Reuters Institute
  • Visit world-class news organisations and gain insights into how they are approaching industry challenges. Previous visits have included trips to Thomson Reuters, The Financial Times, The BBC, The Economist and The Guardian
  • Join trips to key UK cultural and political organisations and institutions. Previous destinations have included Oxfam, the House of Commons and Stratford-upon-Avon, home of Shakespeare
  • Exchange ideas and experiences with a diverse and international peer group. Around 25 Fellows a year join us from high-level media organisations all over the world. Strengthen your network, develop a global set of contacts and gain insights into international trends and developments
  • Benefit from the extensive learning facilities offered by the University of Oxford, including the world-famous Bodleian Library and access to various seminars and lectures across the university. You are also encouraged to engage with the university’s cutting edge specialist research facilities, including centres for African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Eastern and Western European, Japanese and Chinese studies
  • Be given visiting scholar status of Green Templeton College

Who attends?

You’re an ambitious, high-achieving journalist with a minimum of five years’ experience and a high level of written and spoken English.

You will join a diverse pool of individuals from around the world including journalists, editors, broadcasters, columnists and freelancers.

You will have a demonstrable desire to focus on a piece of research related to the media, which you will work on during your time at the Reuters Institute.

Applications for the Journalism Fellowship Programme should be made using the online application form. This will be made available once the call for applications has been made.

If you have any queries regarding the programme or application process please first check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/fellowships/journalism-fellowship

 

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Columbia University offers journalism fellowships

 

http://spencer.jrn.columbia.edu/?page_id=14

 

The Spencer Fellowship for Education Reporting is open to journalists, educators and education policy researchers who want to develop an ambitious, long-form journalism project to advance the understanding of education.

Four fellows will be selected for this highly competitive program, which combines coursework in residence at Columbia Journalism School and Teachers College, and hands-on advising from education writing experts.

Spencer Fellowship applicants are expected to submit the following for a complete package no later than February 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year. Successful applicants will be notified by April 1.

NOTE: You must use the online application. We cannot process applications that are submitted in any other form.

International candidates may apply. English language proficiency is mandatory, and all materials including publication clips must be translated into English.

The application includes:

  • A professional biography or resume.
  • Three examples of your work that demonstrate a passion for education research and writing, including newspaper and magazine clips, broadcasts, films, books, monographs, academic reports, or other writing samples. Applicants with reporting experience in covering education or educators who are interested in journalism are preferred. You must provide links to any work you submit. We cannot distribute the work to the judges without links. If your sample is not in English, you must provide a translation.
  • An outline of a proposed project in education reporting, including projects currently in progress, must accompany the application, along with an essay explaining how a greater understanding in education research and expertise would materially enhance the project and your ability to cover education. Preference will be given to applicants who can show proof of publication of their work, either through a letter of commitment from a news organization or a book contract. The application should also include the commitment to cover education in the long term.
  • A brief essay on proposed areas of research you anticipate pursuing at Columbia University including courses and professors that may materially enhance your project.
  • An essay about an education trend you have observed. This trend does not have to be related to your project. It is geared to see how you are following education trends and policies.
  • At least three letters of recommendation, including one from the publication that has shown interest in the project.

There are no academic prerequisites. However, the applicant must have an interest in pursuing academic coursework in support of the project. Applicants are encouraged to propose a course work of study, including a list of experts at Columbia who could be enlisted to work with the fellow.

The fellows will work with Columbia Journalism School faculty members who will serve as project advisers. A curriculum specialist will coordinate the selection of the fellows’ academic courses, preferably in the fall semester, either at Teachers College, the Journalism School, or elsewhere at Columbia.

Applicants with a full-time job should provide the school with a letter that approves a leave of absence for the academic year. In turn, the candidate should produce a signed agreement that he or she will rejoin the organization with a finished or nearly finished project.

Each fellow will be awarded a stipend of $75,000 for personal living expenses, plus $7500 for project expenses.

Classes begin the day after Labor Day, with orientation the week before.

For questions, contact: LynNell Hancock, lh50@columbia.edu, or Barbara Kantrowitz, bak34@columbia.edu

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