Support and service for the investigative freelancer

 

FIRE is part of a support system providing a range of services to freelance investigative reporters—everything from grants and fellowships, to safety trainings to pre-publication legal review. A few tools and services are highlighted by category below and more are available from the allies further below. Please let us know any we have missed!

 

Grants 

Alicia Patterson Foundation
The Alicia Patterson Foundation fosters, promotes, sustains and improves the best traditions of American journalism by providing support for journalists engaged in rigorous, probing, spirited, independent and skeptical work that will benefit the public.

The Fund for Investigative Journalism
The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is a non-profit that provides grants for investigative journalism in an effort to fight against racism, poverty, corporate greed, and governmental corruption.

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Freelancer Fellowship
Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting (and FIRE's fiscal sponsor), offers grants for independent journalists.

The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism
The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism provides stipends to reporters for in-depth business and economic stories.

The Pulitzer Center
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an award-winning non-profit journalism organization that supports independent international journalism and focuses on underreported topics, promoting high-quality international reporting, and educational programs.

Society of Environmental Journalists
The Society of Environmental Journalists, a North American member-based association of professional journalists dedicated to more and better coverage of environment-related issues, offers grants on environmental topics.

 

Grants and editorial assistance, with nonprofit partner-publishing platform

Type Investigations

Type Investigations is a nonprofit newsroom that provides financial and editorial support for freelance stories on topics ranging from racial and economic justice, to climate and environmental health. 

Food and Environment Reporting Network
The Food & Environment Reporting Network, Inc., is an independent, non-profit news organization that produces investigative reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health.

100 Reporters and Editors
100 Reporters and Editors exists to hold accountable those wielding power and controlling money—specifically, governments, public officials and corporations in the U.S. and abroad—through fearless reporting that spans the globe.

 

Additional grants, fellowships, awards

https://www.sej.org/initiatives/awards-fellowships/nonSEJ-awards 

https://gijn.org/resources-grants-and-fellowships/#reporting 

 

Fellowships and workshops

https://www.sej.org/initiatives/awards-fellowships/non-sej-environmental-journalism-fellowships-and-workshops 

 

Protective tools in the public interest 

Safety

A Culture of Safety Alliance (ACOS), a coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations, and press freedom NGOs, fosters a culture of safety via a range of tools, including Freelance Journalist Safety Principles and a Model Freelance Publishing Agreement.

Security Resources

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), an international association of nonprofit organizations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism, provides legal defense and emergency aid and resources for safety and security among other topics. 

Legal Freedom

Lawyers for Reporters, a joint project of the Press Freedom Defense Fund and the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, offers pro bono legal services for small newsrooms and the freelancers engaged by them, including those arrested or injured while reporting on protests. 

Media Law Research

The Media Law Resource Center (MLRC), a non-profit membership association serving content providers and their defense lawyers, provides a wide range of resources on media and content law and policy issues.

Online Harassment

PEN America, which works to promote journalistic and literary freedom, operates an online abuse and harrassment program that offers self-defense resources and training as well as research and advocacy. For a dedicated FIRE page on the program, visit here

Media Law: non-contract protection

Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press, a longtime partner and ally of FIRE, provides a robust menu of non-contract-related legal services for freelancers, on everything from protecting sources to filing FOIA appeals. 

 

Allied Organizations

A Culture of Safety Alliance (ACOS)
A Culture of Safety Alliance (ACOS) is a coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations, and press freedom, NGOs that fosters a culture of safety via tools like its ACOS Principles.

American Society of Journalists and Authors
The American Society of Journalists and Authors, founded in 1948, is a professional organization of independent nonfiction writers.

The Asian American Journalists Association
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,600 members across the United States and Asia.

Association of Independents in Radio
Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) is global social and professional network of 900+ independent and media organization producers that offers advocacy and training programs.

Freelancers Union
Freelancers Union promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services.

Global Investigative Journalism Network
The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international association of nonprofit organizations that advances investigative journalism through conferences, professional trainings, and a wide range of resources, including listings of freelance jobs, fundraising resources and grants/fellowships.

Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting increases and retains investigative reporters and editors of color in the field via mentorship, training, job opportunities, and promotion of work by Black investigative reporters and about the Black experience—and educating news organizations and journalists on the benefits of diversity.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, founded in 1997 as a project of the Center for Public Integrity, is a global network of 185 investigative journalists in more than 65 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories.

Institute for Nonprofit News
Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) is an association of more than 300 nonprofit news organizations that helps its member organizations distribute stories of impact, network for resources and services, and develop new revenue streams to become more sustainable.

Journalism and Women Symposium
Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism through their Conference and Mentoring Project, fellowship programs, and regional gatherings.

Lawyers for Reporters
Lawyers for Reporters offers pro bono legal services for small newsrooms and the freelancers engaged by them.

The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism
The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism provides stipends to reporters for in-depth business and economic stories.

Media Law Resource Center
The Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) is a non-profit membership association for content providers in all media, and for their defense lawyers, providing a wide range of resources on media and content law and policy issues.

National Association of Black Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is a member-based organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is a member-based non-profit dedicated to increasing the number Latinos in the newsroom and works towards fair and accurate representation of Latinos in the news media.

National Writers Union
National Writers Union is the largest labor union representing freelance writers.

Native American Journalists Association
Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) is member-based association that serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and action that promotes Native cultures and strives to increase the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media.

PEN America
PEN America is part of an international organization working to promote journalistic and literary freedom. For a dedicated FIRE page on PEN America's online abuse program, visit here.

The Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute is a leading instructor, innovator, convener, and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens in 21st Century democracies.

Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press
Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press provides non-contract-related legal services for journalists on every aspect of reporting as it relates to the First Amendment and media law.

Society of Professional Journalists
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is a member-based non-profit providing professional development and advocacy for the First Amendment rights for professional journalists. The SPJ Freelance Community is a virtual network of independent journalists offering camaraderie, training and resources.