Nancy West Awarded Fund for Investigative Journalism Grant

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(Washington) Nancy West, the founder of the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism, and 13 other investigative journalists working on stories in the United State and around the world, has been awarded a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

It is West’s second grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism. This one is for $2,900 for West to investigate issues involving the mental health system.  Her first FIJ grant (click here) helped publish a story about how different states require disclosure before trial when dishonest police officers are going to testify.

Grants from FIJ help freelancers and reporters working for nonprofit news organizations cover expenses such as document retrieval, travel, and equipment rental.

“I’m grateful for the support,” West said. “The Fund for Investigative Journalism grants are so needed now when there are fewer and fewer news outlets financing investigative reporting.” The New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism  publishes online, which focuses on investigative and enterprise reporting in New Hampshire.

Anne Galloway, founder of VTDigger, a state news service in Vermont, and Brian Sparks of the Boston-based MuckRock were also local grantees.

The other grantees are:

Trevor Aaronson, The Intercept

Jonathan Ewing,  a Stockholm-based investigative reporter

Lucinda Fleeson, freelance journalist and international media trainer

Lyndsey Gilpin, editorial fellow at High Country News

Eric Holmberg, Data Reporter, PublicSource

inewsource, an investigative reporting nonprofit in San Diego CA

Marc Perrusquia, Memphis-based investigative reporter

Samantha Sunne, an investigative freelancer in Louisiana

San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit doing local investigative reporting

Stephanie Woodard, writer who specializes in human rights and culture

Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn, a digital fellow at Mother Jones


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