Drawing on a record number of entries, judges for the European Press Prize focused on national stories in their selection, awarding the top investigative slot to GIJN member Serbian Center for Investigative Journalism (CINS) for its exposes of corruption. Runners-up were an expose by Rata Mariana in Moldova of official involvement in the trade of Moldovan-manufactured anabolic steroids worldwide, and a Ekstra Bladet team in Denmark revealing how right-wing movements abused the EU system of subsidies.
Journalists with GIJN member Slidstvo.info, a nonprofit Ukrainian TV newsroom, were shot at while operating a drone near the estate of oligarch Yury Kosyuk. The billionaire has built a palatial home on a site of archaeological interest outside Kiev. The team reported five shots aimed at them from the estate.
This year's just-announced Pulitzer Prizes are full of great investigative reporting. Notable among the winners is the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and its partners in The Panama Papers, earning ICIJ its first prize (for explanatory reporting on secret offshore accounts). Another GIJN member, ProPublica, was honored with its third Pulitzer, for uncovering abuse of eviction rules by police to oust poor minorities. The Washington Post won for coverage of Donald Trump, while the New York Times won for coverage of Russian dirty tricks in projecting power.
A major new philanthropic fund was announced today by the Omidyar Network at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, UK. The philanthropic investment firm is pledging US$100 million to support investigative reporting, combat hate speech, and bolster civic technology. Among the first recipients is GIJN member ICIJ, which will get $4.5 million over the next three years. Omidyar's Stephen King hopes this will inspire other donors to join the cause. "This is a lot of money, but it’s also not a lot of money," he says.
Source: Omiydar Network
Investigative journalism nonprofits got a $12 million boost today from two funds supported by tech philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. The Democracy Fund and First Look Media are awarding three-quarters of the money to the three largest U.S. nonprofit investigative newsrooms, the Center for Investigative Reporting, Center for Public Integrity, and ProPublica (all GIJN members). Additional grants are going to the Investigative Journalism Workshop at American University, a new State and Local Investigative Fund to support local reporters, a new "laboratory" for community-supported investigative reporting, and a program to provide legal and information access support to US journalists.
Source: democracy fund
With deforestation growing rapidly, and retaining forests key to halting climate change, getting data on what's happening is both critical and challenging. Yet countries with over half the world’s forests lack accessible information on concessions, according to a new study by the World Resources Institute. The study, Logging, Mining and Agricultural Data Transparency: A Survey of 14 Forested Countries, found that not only are freedom of information laws effective in improving access to forest data, but countries with FOI laws tend to disclose concession data more proactively than those without them.
Source: World Resources Institute