Type Investigations is a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to transforming the field of independent investigative journalism. We produce high-impact reporting that amplifies new voices and offers reporters unparalleled opportunities to take risks, break news, and effect change. Type Investigations covers the most urgent issues of our time, including racial and economic justice, climate and environmental health, and civil and human rights.
Type Investigations is a home for ambitious independent investigative journalism. We tell deeply reported stories in partnership with print, broadcast, and digital media outlets — allowing us to bring our work to a wide range of audiences.
Our team provides journalists with expert editorial guidance; rigorous fact-checking; research assistance; and funds to cover their travel, time, and other reporting costs. We are committed to reporting from the ground up, elevating stories from the communities most affected by wrongdoing. Our work enables groundbreaking journalism that would otherwise be impossible.
Type Investigations is building a more inclusive journalism sector. We are home to the noted Ida B. Wells Fellowship for journalists from underrepresented communities. Our goal is to transform the field of independent investigative journalism, creating meaningful pathways for reporters and editors from all backgrounds to build careers in journalism and produce high-impact work.
OUR TRACK RECORD
Stories from Type Investigations have sparked resignations of public officials, and triggered FBI investigations, Congressional hearings, and federal legislation. They have changed corporate policies and exposed previously hidden forms of abuse and exploitation. Our stories have won some of journalism’s top awards: the Emmy, the Polk, the National Magazine Award, the duPont, the Hillman Prize, the Scripps Howard Award, the Investigative Reporters & Editors Medal and more.
High profile examples of policy impact include our work exposing human rights abuses of immigrants at the hands of law enforcement which resulted in criminal investigations, a Congressional inquiry, and reforms within the U.S. Border Patrol; an exposé of abuses and deaths inside for profit prisons which led to the Justice Department ordering the Bureau of Prisons to end its use of private prisons entirely; and a story about how a Silicon Valley firm, Palantir, had developed a secret predictive policing system in New Orleans which led to the mayor ending that program.
Many more stories have led to shifts in corporate policy, from Starbucks vowing to shutter a bottling plant in California that had been tapping water sources in a drought-ridden area, to agricultural giant Cargill adopting new policies regarding deforestation in the Amazon, to Philip Morris and other major tobacco brands taking steps to eliminate child labor in their supply chains.
Our investigations have appeared in a wide variety of outlets, including The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Vice; independent magazines such as Harper’s, The Nation, Mother Jones, and The New Republic; digital outlets such as the Intercept, Highline, and the Verge; regional publications including California Sunday, The Texas Observer, and Virginia Quarterly Review; and broadcasters such as ABC News, NBC News, NPR and PBS.
OUR COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY
We abide by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, the Institute for Nonprofit News’ guidelines for Editorial Independence & Donor Transparency, and the ACOS Alliance's Freelance Journalist Safety Principles.
Type Investigations runs a lean operation so that the vast majority of our approximately $1.5 million annual project budget goes directly to editorial costs: to editors, researchers and reporters and to cover travel, research and document costs. For a list of our funders, click here.
Here is the most recent Form 990 of our parent organization, Type Media Center, formerly known as The Nation Institute: 2018 Nation Institute 990.
And here is a copy of the IRS determination letter confirming Type Media Center’s nonprofit status. Type Media Center was formerly known as The Nation Institute, and its EIN number remains the same: IRS letter of determination of nonprofit status, 2019.