FIRE Diversity Fellowships for IRE trainings

Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE), a fiscally sponsored project of IRE, is pleased to announce the launch of FIRE Diversity Fellowships to promote investigative training for underrepresented reporters nationwide. Made possible with support from the Ford Foundation, the fellowships are available to journalists of color currently working as freelance investigative reporters, or planning to…

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Three journalists win IRE freelance fellowships

Projects investigating the Veterans Administration, immigration from South Asia to the U.S. and the first prosecution of a national security leaker during the Trump administration have been awarded IRE Freelance Fellowships. The winners of the 2018 competition are: Art Levine, first place, is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. whose work has appeared in…

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Investigative freelancers: FIRE grant deadline May 31

Unaffiliated (freelance) reporters working on investigative stories are invited to apply for Virtual Newsroom services and associated grants of up to $10,000 from Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) (firenewsroom.org), by the application deadline of Thursday, May 31, 2018. To learn more or apply, visit Guidelines and Application. FIRE is a fiscally sponsored project of Investigative Reporters and…

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Three journalists win IRE freelance fellowships

Projects investigating the U.S. war on terror, immigration and American business practices in Mexico have been awarded IRE Freelance Fellowships this year. The winners of the 2017 competition are: Anna Cavell, first place, is a freelance journalist based in the United Kingdom whose work has appeared on the BBC and Al Jazeera English. Her documentary…

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Deadline approaching for FIRE funding application

Independent reporters are encouraged to apply to Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE), for support with investigative stories. FIRE, a collaboration between Project Word and Investigative Reporters and Editors, offers stipends of up to $10,000, plus a suite of reporting tools. The application deadline is Thursday, March 23, 2017. To apply to FIRE, reporters are…

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Funding, support available for freelance investigative journalists

Are you an independent journalist looking for support and funding for a new project? Consider applying for the Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) Pilot Project and IRE’s Freelance Fellowship. Resources and support FIRE is a one-year pilot program from Project Word that provides freelance investigative journalists with reporting tools and resources. IRE is collaborating…

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Navigating the world of freelance investigative journalism

By Taylor Bembery Isaiah Thompson of New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Maria Zamudio of The Commercial Appeal, and Hella Winston, an independent journalist, have experienced with the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with being a freelance journalist. At the IRE Conference in Philadelphia, the three discussed strategies for producing stories with…

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Apply now for a Freelance Fellowship

IRE is once again offering fellowships for independent journalists who are working on investigative projects. And thanks to the generosity of IRE members and a donor who provided matching money, we’re able to offer larger fellowships this year.  First place will win $2,500; second place will get $1,500 and third place will get $1,000. Applications…

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In a big freelance project, a little organization up front goes a long way

By the time I sat down to write the 6,000 word article I’d been reporting for the past several months, I was ready to quit. I had over 50 interviews, thousands of pages of documents and reports, contact information and source names all stored across my phone, random word documents, email drafts, and actual paper…

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