Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative

The Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative


With the support of Judea and Ruth Pearl and a prestigious group of journalists, including Wall Street Journal correspondent Robert S. Greenberger, Moment created a fellowship in 2010 to honor Daniel Pearl, who was slain by terrorists more than a decade ago. It is the only investigative journalism project that encourages young reporters to cover modern manifestations of anti-Semitism and other deeply ingrained prejudices.


The Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative (DPIJI) provides grants and mentors that make it possible for independent journalists to conduct in-depth reporting on difficult subjects. The edited stories are published in Moment. The project has already produced two stories that have been nominated for the prestigious Livingston Award—the equivalent of the Pulitzer for journalists under 35.


In an era when anti-Semitism and prejudice are on the rise and fewer media outlets support investigative journalism, the DPIJI is training a cadre of young people who will ensure that public awareness of prejudice—and the skills for combating it—are passed on to the next generation.

The Next Application Deadline is March 30, 2019


Members of the DPIJI Advisory Board

Project Editor Mary Hadar

Michael Abramowitz, Wolf Blitzer, Sarah Breger, Nadine Epstein, Linda Feldmann, Martin Fletcher, Glenn Frankel, Robert S. Greenberger, Scott Greenberger, Amy Kaslow, Bill Kovach, Charles Lewis, Sidney Offit, Clarence Page, Steven Roberts, Amy E. Schwartz, Robert Siegel, Paul Steiger, Lynn Sweet


Check here for current grants and application process.



“The [DPIJI Fellowship] goes above and beyond other similar reporting grants in the partnership with experienced editors—my editing partners helped take my piece from routine to outstanding. The efforts the Moment staff made to publicize my story helped it get one of the biggest audiences of any story of my career, setting me up to get more great work. “—Eve Fairbanks,  2013 DPIJI fellow & author of A House Divided




List of Selected Previous DPIJI Stories:

Shadows in the Golden Land by Cameron Conaway, (September/October 2016) tells the story of the Rohingya Muslims—considered by some the most persecuted minority in the world—who are confined to camps in Myanmar.

Birthright Denied by Jacob Kushner, (September/October 2015) reported on the Dominican Republic’s efforts to take away citizenship from tens of thousands of Haitians who were born in the country—a decision that reminded some as “uncomfortably similar to the Nuremburg Laws—which codified Hitler’s racial ideology, depriving German-born Jews of German citizenship.”

A House Divided, by Eve Fairbanks (May/June 2013), which tells the story of the integration and subsequent re-segregation of the dorms at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein and how racial attitudes changed on both sides as they did. Her story was nominated for the Livingston Award.

The New Normal by DPIJI finalist Brian Schaefer, which explored the roots of prejudice against homosexuals in Judaism and gay life in Israel. His story was nominated for the Livingston Award.

An Olympian Struggle, by Emily K. Alhadeff, (July/August 2012), told about the nation’s first and only boycott of Israeli products by a food co-op and the fierce personal, community and legal battle it ignited in Olympia, Washington, the hometown of Rachel Corrie.