We are happy to announce the winner of the Fall 2013 I.F. Stone Award, a prize welaunched to support original investigative reporting by emerging journalists.

The winner is Natasja Sheriff, a writer and editor who received her master’s degree in journalism from New York University in 2011. She is currently the international editor for the online publication The Revealer and a Luce Foundation Fellow, both at the NYU Center for Religion and Media. Sheriff comes to journalism after working as a scientist in Asia, where she specialized in water and fisheries research. Her investigation will look into US regulatory issues surrounding mining; she will receive funding and editorial guidance from The Investigative Fund as she reports out her story.

We received dozens of impressive story proposals from a wide variety of applicants, including former or current interns at such outlets as the Associated Press, Mother Jones, the Moscow Times, Bloomberg News, as well as recent graduates of journalism programs across the country and across the globe.

Twice a year, in the fall and spring, The Investigative Fund accepts investigative proposals from young and emerging reporters, or reporting teams, and selects one or two I.F. Stone Award winners. Winners of the I.F. Stone Award receive funding to cover the reporting costs of their project, up to a maximum of $10,000; editorial guidance from Investigative Fund editors; access to such subscription services as Nexis and Accurint; and assistance with placement of the investigation in a print, online, or broadcast outlet.

The award was launched in October 2011 to support the work of emerging investigative reporters, including journalism graduate students, recent graduates, journalism interns, and entry-level reporters.

The next I.F. Stone Award deadline is April 30, 2014, so please encourage friends, students, and colleagues to apply. Please see the Application Process for more information.