Monika Bauerlain

FIRE’s editorial and contract assistance helped Jason Buch report on cross-border bank investigations 

FIRE’s latest investigative breakthroughs 

A November exposé of cross-border financial corruption has capped FIRE's most innovative year since our founding in 2007. 

Jason Buch's investigation for the Texas Observer, pictured here, is the latest story facilitated by FIRE's contract-related legal assistance, made possible this year by a generous grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

Buch, who with FIRE's help was able to renegotiate his contract and protect himself from liability, was one of more than a dozen reporters who safely advanced sensitive investigations via FIRE's unique Legal Consultancy. 

Three other stories have been published. Several more, including two major magazine stories, are on the way. And in an unexpected development, a number of publishers have also used the service to reform their contracts and learn more about media insurance.

The Legal Consultancy gives unprecedented pro bono access to top lawyers to facilitate secure investigations. An associated tool, a FIRE Contract Template released in late September, has also been requested by dozens of freelancers and outlets alike.

In a democracy, freelancers need the tools to confidently pursue investigations for the public.

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Thank you!

Laird Townsend, FIRE Director