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Distribution, Collaboration, and Freelancing: A GIJN Guide

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The business side of investigative journalism, and getting it published, is the subject of a new nine-part GIJN Resource.

We look at a variety of subjects, aiming to help both individuals and media institutions by providing practical advice. Please explore our resource pages and send any suggestions to

This guide covers:

Where to pitch freelance investigative stories, who pays what, and where to find gigs in between investigative stories.

Grants can be vital. GIJN maintains a comprehensive list of grant opportunities for investigative journalism. Also read suggestions from experts on applying for them.

Contracts can be tricky. Learn the ins and outs of contracts, see model agreements, and hear what experts say about issues particularly important for investigative journalists.

Risk insurance while on assignment may be very important. We point to options and discuss costs.

The high cost of being sued may or may not be covered by your publisher. We look at the fine print of media liability insurance and tell you what to watch out for.

Safety and security also may be a freelancer’s burden. Our guide covers helpful resources, in various languages.

No publisher? The world of self-publishing is growing fast, with a growing number of revenue-making options.

New platforms for publishers of investigative journalism also are providing alternative avenues for reaching readers and earning more revenue.

Collaboration has many benefits. We look at when to do it, how to find partners, and how to manage the partnership.

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