For a third year, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting has received a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
The grant from EEJF, an Oklahoma City-based foundation that supports projects designed to improve the quality and ethical standards of journalism, will support general operations for the nonprofit, bilingual investigative journalism organization focused on government accountability reporting in Florida.
Headed by co-directors Trevor Aaronson and Mc Nelly Torres, FCIR has won more than two dozen national and regional awards, including from National Headliner Awards, Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, Green Eyeshade Awards and Florida Society of News Editors.
An industry leader in collaborative journalism, FCIR partners with traditional and emerging news media throughout Florida. Partners include Florida’s NPR member stations, the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, The Ledger in Lakeland, the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, as well as Spanish-language and ethnic media. In addition, FCIR shares stories with the Center for Public Integrity and New America Media, and is a member of the Investigative News Network, an association of more than 60 nonprofit investigative news organizations.
“We’re grateful to the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation for its financial support and confidence in FCIR’s mission,” said Sharon Rosenhause, FCIR’s board president. “This is a testament to our staff which now can develop more partnerships and collaborations and do more ground-breaking public service journalism in English and Spanish.”
FCIR’s sustainability plan focuses on combining foundation grants with earned income from content syndication, data analysis services, training and events. But support from readers and the Florida public at large is fundamental to FCIR’s success. Consider becoming an FCIR supporter. Your tax-deductible donation will help FCIR tell the stories that aren’t being told.