The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting

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.

Select­ed stories

The Miss­ing Native Vote, by Stephanie Woodard
Win­ner of the 2015 Best Fea­ture” award in the Non-Native divi­sion from the Native Amer­i­can Jour­nal­ists Association

Update: In Rare Move, The Jus­tice Depart­ment Drafts a Bill of Its Own – To Restore Native Vot­ing Rights

Frack­ing the Poor, by Han­nah Guzik

The Real War on Fam­i­lies, by Sharon Lerner

The Myth of New Orleans’ Char­ter School Mir­a­cle’ by Colleen Kimmett

Preg­nant Behind Bars by Vic­to­ria Law

The Police Killings No One is Talk­ing About by Stephanie Woodard
Third place win­ner of the 2017 Best Fea­ture” award in the Non-Native divi­sion from the Native Amer­i­can Jour­nal­ists Asso­ci­a­tion*

This sto­ry was also rec­og­nized as among The Mar­shall Projects favorite crim­i­nal jus­tice report­ing in 2016

Cru­el and Unusu­al Health­care by Katie Rose Quandt and James Ridgeway

How Chicago’s Police Union Con­tract Ensures Abus­es Remain in the Shad­ows by Adeshi­na Emmanuel
Pro­duced in part­ner­ship with CityBureau

Who Owns Puer­to Rico’s Debt, Exact­ly? We’ve Tracked Down 10 of the Biggest Vul­ture Firms. by Joel Cin­tron Arbaset­ti and Car­la Minet, Cen­tro De Peri­odis­mo Inves­tiga­ti­vo, and Alex V. Her­nan­dez and Jes­si­ca Stites, In These Times

Behind Janus: Doc­u­ments Reveal Decade-Long Plot to Kill Pub­lic-Sec­tor Unions by Mary Bot­tari
Win­ner of the March 2018 Sid­ney Award

Here’s Exact­ly Who’s Prof­it­ing from the War on Yemen by Alex Kane

The Col­lat­er­al Dam­age” of the U.S.’s Unof­fi­cial War in Soma­lia by Aman­da Sperber

Treat­ed Like Meat by Lau­ren Gurley

10 Years Ago, We Pledged To Help Haiti Rebuild. Then What Hap­pened? by Isabel Macdonald

The Catholic Church Siphoned Away $30 Mil­lion Paid to Native Peo­ple for Stolen Land by Mary Pem­ber, in part­ner­ship with Type Investigations

Call for Proposals

The Insti­tute encour­ages jour­nal­ists to sub­mit sto­ry pro­pos­als for con­sid­er­a­tion. We pri­or­i­tize inves­ti­ga­tions with the poten­tial to expose wrong­do­ing and evi­dence of the harm it has caused.

The most recent dead­line for appli­ca­tions has passed. Please check back soon for infor­ma­tion on how to sub­mit sto­ry pro­pos­als for our next sub­mis­sion window.