ICJI awards EUR 75,000 to three regional media centers to support “collaborative and investigative journalism in Europe”

The grants are part of the ‘Collaborative and Investigative Journalism Initiative’ (CIJI), which aims to equip independent media and individual journalists with the resources, innovative networking infrastructure and standards-based methods that they can use. allow the practice of high quality, ethical and responsible practices. collaborative and investigative journalism.

Managed in partnership by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Free Press Unlimited (FPU) and Tactical Tech (TT), the CIJI will provide a collaborative environment across borders and serve as a single point of access to a variety of tools and of resources.

“Public confidence is the reward of ethical journalism, but it is also a condition for working together in the first place. This is particularly the case for investigative and cross-border projects. For this reason, we have put a values-based approach at the heart of ICJI., said Christophe Deloire, CEO of RSF. “Through our Journalism Trust Initiative, we can provide a framework for media and individual journalists to commit to common professional standards, to collaborate on those foundations, and to make this visible.

We believe in the power of collaboration and strong networks in journalism. With these grants, we recognize media innovators who can inspire and strengthen a new culture of collaborative and investigative journalism in the region. This not only benefits the journalistic community, but the general public, as responsible journalism is essential to drive positive change in society. “said Leon Willems, director of policy and programs for the FPU.

“Collaboration is the engine of positive change. Collaboration between investigative journalists, researchers and citizens is essential and exchanges of good practices, tools and methods are fundamental. This is the objective of the CIJI. ” mentioned Cristy Lange, program director of Tactical Tech.

An independent jury, made up of renowned media professionals and academics, chose the winning organizations, based on their track record in regional collaborative journalism training and / or investigative, capacity building as well as their potential to engage a wide range of media actors at the regional level. level.

Here are the grant recipients:

OBC Transeuropa will act as regional media hub for Southern Europe (Greece, Italy and Spain)

OBC Transeuropa (OBCT) is a think tank based in Trento, Italy. By running the information site www.balcanicaucaso.org, he places a strong emphasis on South-Eastern Europe but also covers European issues more generally. Its main mission is to strengthen the transnational public sphere in Europe, allowing new stories to emerge, promoting cross-border journalism and defending media freedom. Its target audience is a transnational community of actors mainly based in the Adriatic-Ionian region. It offers content in Italian, English and BCHS, attracting an average of 215,000 pageviews per month.

“We believe it is essential to empower independent organizations that produce quality journalism in Southern Europe and improve the media ecosystem in the region. This award will allow us to further contribute to the emergence of a European public sphere – transnational collaborations can be so effective for journalism. “, said Luisa Chiodi, director of the OBCT.

The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re: Baltica will act as ICJI regional media center for the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)

The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re: Baltica is a nonprofit organization that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Founded in August 2011, it focuses on socially important issues in the Baltic region, such as corruption, domestic violence, social inequalities, human rights, transparency and disinformation. Re: Baltica is based in Riga, but works all over the Baltic States and beyond. He publishes in Latvian, English and Russian.

We are known as a team that regularly trains and brings together various Baltic media in joint investigations of regional significance, whether it is attempts to influence China, construction of large infrastructure objects of EU or disinformation schemes. This grant will allow more local media outlets to experience joint investigations and, hopefully, build lasting relationships.“said Sanita Jemberga, executive director and publisher of Re: Baltica.

Fundacja Reporterow (FR) will act as regional media hub for Visegrád Four (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia)

Fundacja Reporterow is a Warsaw-based non-profit journalistic organization focused on independent and cross-border investigative journalism in Poland and Central Europe. The mission of the organization is the development of investigative journalism and the publication of high quality stories in the public interest. Fundacja runs vsquare.org, a regional platform providing cross-border stories from the Visegrád region.

“We believe that a joint effort of journalists from different media organizations and countries in the region can better serve our societies. The award will help FR and its V4 partners to strengthen collaboration between journalists in the Visegrád region ”said Anna Gielewska, Vice President of FR and Head of Investigations and Partnerships at Vsquare.

The three media hubs will act as an informal ‘network of networks’ and support ethical, collaborative and investigative journalism by promoting and implementing a common set of ethical codes, professional principles and guidelines in accordance with the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI).

In addition to funds, winning organizations will benefit from training, resource sharing and exchange of best practices, collaborations, access to innovative methods and techniques – all following journalism standards. established. Hub networks will have access to an accelerator for start-ups, including the availability of seed funding and micro-grants to explore innovative ideas on the ground.

The call for applications to select regional media hubs took place from November 1 to 15, 2021.

More information about CIJI is available at https://www.ciji.eu.

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