OVERVIEW: Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors supports a range of journalistic projects. This includes print, photojournalism, radio, documentary film, and theater. It offers two programs to investigative reporters.
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PROFILE: Founded in 2016 with a $200,000 grant from an anonymous donor, Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors or FIRE reflects a collaboration between Project Word and the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). It operates with “complete editorial independence” from its funding sources, and serves freelance investigative journalists. This is an exclusive relationship and the foundation does not support the work of reporters who are formally, and/or materially attached to any newsroom, new site, or outlet. FIRE believes that because power corrupts, and because "powerful interests thrive on concealing unpleasant truths, a healthy and resilient society depends on independent reporting."
FIRE supports a variety of journalism projects – print, photojournalism, radio, documentary film, and theater – through two programs. The Virtual Newsroom program offers five stipends of $2,500 to $10,000 each. In addition, it provides in-depth newsroom services such as research assistance, legal reviews, and professional training. On the other hand, its Editorial Consultancy program is a one-hour consultation with FIRE director Laird Townsend. This program does not offer a grant, stipend, or any other monetary prize or from of compensation.
FIRE accepts unsolicited story proposals throughout the year. While dates are subject to change, the 2017 deadline is March 23.
- Laird Townsend, Director, Project Word