The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting

ABOUT

The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting is dedicated to providing editorial and financial support to journalists pursuing in-depth investigative projects that align with In These Times’ mission of advancing democracy and economic justice, informing movements for a more humane world, and providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.

Through the Institute, supported by a generous grant from Chicago attorney Leonard C. Goodman, In These Times will fund and subsequently publish investigative journalism that challenges—and changes—the status quo. Inspired by Progressive Era muckrakers such as Upton Sinclair, Ida B. Wells and Lincoln Steffens—who helped usher in reforms like women’s suffrage, an eight-hour workday and an end to child labor—In These Times has remained committed to its founding belief that, working together in a democracy, a crusading press and an informed public can create change.

As newsroom budgets shrink and media becomes increasingly conglomerated, it’s becoming more and more difficult for journalists to support themselves through reporting—especially those journalists interested in pursuing stories that serve the public interest, not corporate interests. The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting was established in recognition of this and of the tremendous amount of time and labor that goes into investigative reporting. The Institute is committed to compensating writers fairly for their work. Journalists whose investigative proposals are accepted by the Institute will thus receive both a competitive per-word rate for their work and compensation for travel and other expenses incurred during reporting.

A CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Institute encourages journalists to submit story proposals for consideration. The deadline for the first call for proposals is FEBRUARY 15, 2014. To propose a project, please send an email to assistant editor Nyki Salinas-Duda at nyki@inthesetimes.com with the subject line “Submission.” Please include:

  • A detailed story pitch, including background on the extent to which the story has already been covered in the press, and the story’s relevance to In These Times’ mission
  • A plan for research and interviews
  • A proposed timeline for your reporting
  • An outline of any anticipated reporting expenses
  • A resume and 3-5 clips or links to your previous work

The Institute will reply to your pitch within three weeks to let you know if it is in consideration. Applicants who are selected for consideration should expect a round of follow-up questions. Once an application is finalized, it will be reviewed by the Institute’s selection committee.