The Science Fund for Investigative Reporting

Science has a long history of investigative journalism, from a pioneering look at the shaky science of dietary fat to a recent exposé on predatory publishers and a data-driven study of who illegally downloads scientific papers. Thanks to a generous donor, Science’s News team can now increase its support of ambitious projects in investigative reporting and data journalism. The new fund will both free up staff time and resources for projects and allow Science to back challenging and time-consuming investigations by freelance journalists.

The fund is eager to tell stories about the scientific community and its practices, the influence of money and politics in science, and science-related public policy that can only be brought to light through extensive reporting, documents, and data.

The fund welcomes proposals from journalists with a track record of high-impact reporting. Science is also open to partnering with other media outlets whose investigations may benefit from additional resources, data visualization help, or wider distribution. Please send pitches and clips of previous work to or contact Tim Appenzeller, the news editor, at Science will evaluate ideas as they come in—there is no deadline for applications—and negotiate compensation for the writer based on the scope of the project.

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Science Magazine

The major focus of the journal is publishing important original scientific research and research reviews, but Science also publishes science-related news, opinions on science policy and other matters of interest to scientists and others…
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United States (all)

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This is a recurring opportunity