Desde que o jornalista Glenn Greenwald ajudou a lançar o The Intercept cinco anos atrás, na esteira da sua série de reportagens sobre o caso Edward Snowden, o site tem crescido de forma rápida. Vários furos foram publicados nos Estados Unidos, muitos deles centrados nas agências americanas de inteligência. Mas uma consequência um pouco inesperada na época da criação do site nos EUA foi o lançamento de uma versão brasileira, o The Intercept Brasil, baseado no Rio de Janeiro, onde Greenwald vive desde 2005. Ele considerou que o Brasil, com toda sua turbulência política e desafios envolvendo os direitos humanos, seria um bom local para experimentar um braço do The Intercept fora dos Estados Unidos.
Quando foi lançado, em 2016, o The Intercept Brasil não teve dificuldade em atrair interesses da audiência brasileira, muito em função da popularidade de Greenwald no país, em particular entre o público mais à esquerda. No entanto, a operação ganhou mais musculatura quando o jornalista investigativo Leandro Demori foi colocado por Glenn no comando, no início de 2018.
The Brazilian version of The Intercept is carving a solid spot for itself in the country’s journalism landscape. With a focus on human rights abuses, police violence and politics, The Intercept Brasil’s investigations have attracted a young audience and an unexpected amount of donations, its executive editor tells GIJN.
Two French investigative journalists are launching Disclose, a nonprofit newsroom which plans to produce investigative reports free of commercial pressures – and generate the impetus for meaningful change. Olivier Holmey writes about the new media group on the block for GIJN.
Deux journalistes d’investigation français se sont associés pour créer Disclose, un média à but non lucratif dont l’objectif est de mener des enquêtes libres de toute contrainte commerciale – et ayant un impact fort sur la société.
Robyn Vinter, founder of a UK-based investigative news website for working-class millennials and people outside the “London bubble,” says she made a conscious choice not to try and make a “big profit” from it. “We’re not trying to be millionaires,” says Vinter.“We’re trying to do investigative journalism, and you can’t really do both, I don’t think.”
The increasing lack of credibility and growing political meddling in Romanian mainstream media in recent years has resulted in many journalists leaving these outlets and starting their own independent sites. Some of these initiatives support themselves by relying on crowdfunding. But is it viable in the long term?
Press self-censorship in Hong Kong has been deteriorating as businessmen behind media organisations increasingly use the press as their business tool rather than for public service. After seeing the public’s disillusionment and distrust of the media grow, investigative journalist Don Ng decided to kickstart FactWire, a back-to-basics news service that focuses on long-term investigations.
There’s a new funding strategy in the works, built around the idea that quite a few reporters have loyal followings and their readers just might be willing to chip in a few bucks to keep them in the news business. But as more organizations turn to reader support for revenue — whether framed as memberships or as subscriptions — they might face stiff competition for their individual crowdfunding model.
Since its creation five years ago, Agência Pública has promoted a revolution not only in Brazil, but around Latin America. It is one of the main drivers of a regional scene that brings together digital native-media founded and led by journalists.
The Bell illustrates a growing trend in which Russian journalists and media managers are finding ways of building news organizations that are not financially dependent on rich businessmen vulnerable to Kremlin pressure.