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KyCIR Receives Grant From Philanthropic Journalism Foundation

David Modica
Louisville Public Media offices

The Fund for Investigative Journalism has named the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and journalist R.G. Dunlop as grant recipients. The organization this month awarded the newsroom a $3,200 grant to support Dunlop's work.

Based in Washington, D.C., The Fund for Investigative Journalism was founded in 1969 and underwrites stories "that break new ground and expose wrongdoing — such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power — in the public and private sectors," according to its website.

Earlier this year, a Dunlop series on the state's jailers system, and jailers without jails, was supported by an FIJ grant. That investigation won a Sidney Award, a national honor for the best "journalism in the service of the common good."

One of FIJ's grants enabled reporter Seymour Hersh to investigate a tip about a U.S. Army massacre at the Vietnamese village of My Lai. His reporting revealed a massacre committed by American soldiers against Vietnamese civilians and a subsequent cover up. The organization has backed investigative work around the world, awarding more than $1.5 million in grants since then.