Provides cash awards to assist independent journalists with investigative projects.
Created in 2008, the fellowships are awarded for project proposals which demonstrate impact, breadth and significance. Proposals that deal with whistleblowers, business ethics or privacy issues will be given priority. It is intended to support work that will be primarily be published in the U.S. and in outlets where the primary audience will be at least a part of the American public.
Journalists who make their living primarily as freelancers and need assistance in conducting investigative projects. Freelance journalists who will publish the work primarily in the U.S. and in outlets where the primary audience will be at least a part of the American public.
Every donation made to support our Freelance Fellowship program will be matched up to a total of $15,000, thanks to a generous donation from the donor who established the fund.
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Jordan Gass-Poore is a freelance journalist based in New York City. Her project will investigate companies in New Jersey who have avoided paying the government millions of dollars in Superfund clean-up costs and how communities impacted by these hazardous waste sites illustrate a broader environmental justice impact.
David Nickerson is a freelance journalist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His project will investigate how Federal regulators, while failing to adopt a heat-protection standard, have overlooked rogue employers and endangered workers of color in particular.
Sadia Rafiquddin is a freelance reporter based in Toronto, Canada. Her project will investigate how a health care monopoly in Hernando County, Florida, is risking elderly patients care.
Jared Whitlock is a freelance journalist based in Encinitas, California. His project will investigate regulatory holes in the assisted living and nursing home industries.
Mara Kardas-Nelson is a UC Berkeley-based freelance journalist. Her project will investigate how American and European banks and investment funds are making money off tiny loans given to the world’s poor.
Austyn Gaffney is a freelance reporter based in Louisville, Kentucky. Her project investigates how state and federal regulatory agencies and private companies failed to prioritize worker safety in East Tennessee's Kingston coal ash disaster.
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