Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Investigative Reporting Workshop

The Investigative Reporting Workshop at the School of Communication of American University is a nonprofit, professional news organization that publishes original, high impact reporting on government and corporate accountability topics such as the environment, health, criminal justice, national security, immigration, and the economy.

​Why We Invested

Investigative journalism plays a crucial role in our political system by holding the powerful accountable and informing the public. In response to the current challenges facing American democracy, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University seeks to inform public conversation and policy debate by connecting investigations to a broad public audience across print, web, television, film, and radio. Investigative Reporting Workshop exposés have prompted federal investigations, new Congressional legislative initiatives, and federal law. The Workshop strives to produce technologically innovative multimedia projects about critical issues by exploring new models for delivery while training students in reporting techniques and strategies.

In partnership with First Look Media, this grant provides general operating support to the Workshop to deepen their model of accountability reporting which combines students and professional journalists in the highest journalistic standards and collaboration with longstanding newsrooms.

This grant is a part of a collaboration between Democracy Fund and First Look Media to support the role of a robust, free press in our democracy. Read more about this collaboration here.

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Total Commitment

2017: Up to $500,00 over two years.