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Dutch-Flemish Association for Investigative Journalists (VVOJ), Netherlands

The Dutch-Flemish Association for Investigative Journalists (VVOJ) is a not-for-profit association that aims to enhance investigative journalism in the Low Countries – Netherlands and Flanders, Belgium – in the broadest sense of the word. VVOJ, which currently has more than 650 members, organizes and facilitates professional training, courses, workshops and conferences. VVOJ aims to improve conventional investigative methods and to introduce the latest research methods involving the use of information technology, interactive storytelling and data journalism. In addition, VVOJ stimulates cooperation and cross border reporting. The association publishes an annual (Dutch language) anthology of investigative stories (since 2013 also available as an App), as well as research reports on the state of the journalism profession. In 2004, the association launched a prestigious award for investigative journalism (‘De Loep’).