Editor’s Pick: Best Investigative Stories in Spanish 2018

It’s been a big year for investigative reporters in Latin America, from unveiling high-level corruption to collaborating across countries. They’ve chased down leads on colleagues murdered at the border between Colombia and Ecuador, and covered the biggest migratory crisis in years. The reporters have demonstrated, once again, the importance of coming together to hold those in power to account — often doing it under very difficult conditions. Erika Lozano, editor of GIJN en Español, has gathered some of the best investigative stories published in Spanish during 2018.

Editor’s Pick: Best Investigative Stories in Portuguese 2018

It was a year of significant transformation in the Portuguese-speaking world. This was especially true in Brazil, where corruption scandals landed top officials in jail and propelled a far right-wing politician into the presidency. This year, Lusophone journalists not only exposed corrupt practices via innovative projects, they also revealed sexual abuse and abortion challenges. Breno Costa, GIJN’s Portuguese editor, has selected some of the best investigations from 2018 .

Editor’s Pick: Best Investigative Stories in French 2018

Despite bleak predictions, investigative journalism is thriving in Francophone countries. From Kinshasa to Paris, 2018 was high point for investigative journalism, with more collaborations than ever before. This year’s cross-border investigations have exposed corruption and fraud, while individual newsrooms have uncovered murder, war crimes and more. Marthe Rubio, GIJN’s French editor, compiled a selection of 2018’s best investigative stories from Francophone countries.

Comment développer l’enquête à l’échelle locale


Le déclin de la presse locale s’est considérablement accéléré ces dernières années dans de nombreux pays occidentaux. Au Royaume Uni, 228 journaux locaux ont fermé depuis 2005, dont 40 rien qu’en 2017, selon Press Gazette. Aux Etats-Unis, selon une étude publiée récemment par l’Université de Caroline du Nord, c’est 1800 journaux locaux qui ont fermé en moins de 20 ans, des dizaines de comtés n’ayant plus aucun journal du tout. Cette profonde précarité économique, couplée à l’absence générale de médias concurrents localement rend souvent le travail journalistique d’enquête, traditionnellement coûteux, relayé au second plan dans les rédactions locales. Pourtant, à l’heure où le lien entre les citoyens et les élites est cassé, le journalisme local a un rôle essentiel à jouer et est même un acteur démocratique fondamental.

Want People to Read Your Investigation? Make Sure You Tell a Good Story

It’s not difficult to figure out if your story is understandable — if your grandmother can’t understand it, you have failed. At this summer’s MezhyhiryaFest, the annual investigative journalism festival in Kyiv, the OCCRP’s Ilya Lozovsky offered up some tips to help investigative journalists tell better stories. GIJN’s Olga Simanovych pulled them together.