The Institute for Justice and Journalism is dedicated to strengthening journalism about social and economic justice issues by providing trainings, funding story projects and developing digital tools. In recent years, programs have included:
— Fellowships for journalists that feature a multi-day training conference about reporting on a social justice issue. Journalists are chosen in a competitive application process, partly based on their proposal for a story, which are produced after the training. Previous topics have included immigrant families and the impact of immigration issues on elections.
— Migrahack, trainings and hackathons on immigration data. We bring together journalists, nonprofits and programmers to unravel data and produce visual stories.
— Webinars offered in English and Spanish about data visualization techniques and immigration data.
IJJ was created in 2000 with Ford Foundation funding and was housed at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. In 2009, IJJ became an independent nonprofit based in Oakland, Calif.
Phuong Ly, a former Washington Post reporter and Knight journalism fellow at Stanford, has been executive director since September 2012. She was the recipient of a 2009 IJJ fellowship, which she used to produce a lengthy story about a Dreamer attending Georgetown, published in the Washington Post Sunday magazine.