I-News has won a grant of nearly $5,000 from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
If you’ve never heard of the Fund, you’ll enjoy the story of how it got started.
In 1969, a philanthropist named Philip M. Stern founded the Fund because, as their website describes, he believed: “small amounts of money invested in the work of determined journalists would yield enormous results…”
He was right.
In the Fund’s first year, it gave $250 to reporter Seymour Hersh. so he could travel to Vietnam to follow up on a tip. With a subsequent grant of $2,000, Hersh uncovered the My Lai Massacre and its coverup, and won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.
“Think of it,” Stern later wrote, “a mere $2,250 in Fund grants enabled Seymour Hersh to leverage a whiff into a colossal stink and contribute mightily to the change in how Americans viewed the war in Vietnam.”
This is the second year in a row that I-News has won an FIJ grant. We are honored. We used our first grant to report on what really happens to e-waste in Colorado. We found, as you’ll recall, that the state government’s own used electronics were being sold at auction, then dumped in the trash, exported illegally and dismantled in potentially dangerous and illegal backyard recycling operations.
We’re looking forward to jumping into our next FIJ-funded project. We’ll keep you posted!
If you have thoughts on what I-News should investigate, please let us know.