Lipman Center Awards $180,000 in Grants for Reporting on Abuses in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

May 05, 2023

The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights has awarded five grants totaling $180,000 to journalists and newsrooms for reporting on inequalities and misconduct in the American criminal justice system. 

The Lipman Center’s Initiative in Reporting on Race and Criminal Justice provides newsrooms and reporters financial assistance and professional collaboration to pursue major reporting projects in their communities on law enforcement, prosecutorial, judicial, incarceration, racial, and human rights abuses.

The grants will support yearlong reporting projects and will cover costs for data acquisition, analysis, and visualization, additional staff, FOIA requests, travel or other reporting needs.

“We’re thrilled to welcome this stellar group of fellows into  our Lipman Center reporting program,” said Jelani Cobb, Dean and Henry Luce Professor of Journalism. “Their diverse interests share the common theme of the human consequences of the failures in our criminal justice system. We’re excited to support this crucial work.”

The 2023 grant recipients are: The California Newsroom; Mother Jones;; and independent journalists Tasmiha Khan, and Daniel Moritz-Rabson with Lauren Gill. 

Members of the grantee selection committee were Columbia Journalism School Dean Jelani Cobb; Nina Alvarez, CBS Assistant Professor of International Journalism; David Hajdu, Professor of Journalism; and Dolores Barclay, project manager of the Lipman Center and adjunct associate professor of journalism.

The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights was created in 2017 with a gift from the late Ira A. Lipman to inform and shape the ways we research and report race, diversity, and civil and human rights in the United States and globally. This two-year reporting project is made possible by Arnold Ventures.

Visit here to learn more about the Lipman Center.