A program of the Nation Institute, the mission of the Investigative Fund is to produce high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable, bring underreported stories to light, cultivate diverse journalistic talent, and create a home for independent journalism that serves the public.
As part of this mission, the fund is accepting applications for the Wayne Barrett Investigative Fund.
Investigative journalist Wayne Barrett spent much of his forty-year reporting career at the Village Voice, where he became, in the words of the Washington Post, "dreaded if not loathed" by public officials for his relentless exposure of political figures such as Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump. Within days of being laid off by the paper during a period of financial struggle, he became a fellow at the Nation Institute, home to several other Village Voice alums.
To honor Barrett's legacy, the institute has launched the Wayne Barrett Investigative Fund to support ambitious reporting projects focused on politics and corruption in New York City and nationally.
Projects that build on Barrett’s previous reporting are particularly encouraged. The fund is designed to enable talented journalists working in print, digital, or broadcast to produce deeply reported investigative projects with strong editorial guidance and support. Awards for each investigative project will range between $5,000 and $15,000, with the aim of underwriting travel, document fees, and compensation for reporting time, as needed.
See the Investigative Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.