Project Criteria

Balancing the variables

To ensure a diverse mix of projects in the public interest, FIRE selects proposals representing the most diverse possible mix of the following criteria: 

  • Medium (from print, photojournalism, and radio, to theater and documentary film)
  • Subject matter (environmental, national security, etc.) 
  • Type of reporting (data-driven, narrative, interpretive)
  • Potential impact of work (timely or long-term)
  • Geographic focus (domestic or international)
  • Coverage area (rural or urban)
  • Applicant experience and track record (experienced and promising journalists alike)
  • Applicant background (nationality, identity, culture ethnicity, race, gender, and socioeconomic status)