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With a $200,000 grant from a generous anonymous donor with a background in news reporting, Project Word has launched a one-year pilot project for a program to help independent journalists, Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE).
FIRE is a collaboration between Project Word and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Project Word will administer the program’s suite of reporting tools; IRE, the fiscal sponsor of Project Word, will contribute research and training services. The program will operate with complete editorial independence from its funding sources.
FIRE provides two services, both of which freelance investigative reporters may apply for:
1) Help Desk: Up to an hour of complimentary help, on a one-time basis, from basic editorial feedback to funding tips and referrals for any independent reporters — including those new to freelancing or currently without a well-developed story project.
2) Virtual Newsroom: In-depth services that newsrooms traditionally make available, including limited stipends and accompanying resources: research assistance, legal review, professional trainings and access to experienced freelance editors.
The pilot project runs through 2016, with periodic evaluations to best ensure the program’s viability on a permanent basis for freelance investigative reporters.
Visit the website for a full list of reporting tools, guidelines, FAQs and application information.