Lipman Center Grants Over $200,000 to Support Newsroom Reporting on Criminal Justice

June 14, 2022

The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights has awarded seven grants totaling $208,000 to 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, criminal prosecutions, judicial conduct, incarceration, and racial and human rights abuses.

Grants will support six-month reporting projects and will cover costs including data acquisition, analysis and visualization, additional staff, FOIA requests, travel and other needs.

The 2022 grant recipients are: The Current of coastal Georgia; The Riverfront Times in St. Louis, Missouri; The Associated Press; Amsterdam News of New York City; the Insider; Vice; and independent journalist Lauren Gill of Brooklyn, New York.

The members of the grantee selection committee are Jelani Cobb, incoming dean of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and director of the Lipman Center; Daniel Alarcón, assistant professor of journalism and 2021 MacArthur Fellow; and Dolores Barclay, administrative manager of the Lipman Center and adjunct associate professor of journalism.

The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights was established 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 supported by Arnold Ventures.