Investigative journalism

We help improve journalists' investigative skills so those in power are held to account

Investigative journalism is a cornerstone in our work to improve the professional skills of journalists and enable media to act as a watchdog over the actions of governments and vested-interest groups.

As a practice, investigative journalism differs from conventional news reporting in that it scrutinises a single topic, often involving criminal activity, corruption, or corporate misconduct. Investigative reports may take months or even years to research, are costly and will depend on material gathered through the journalist’s own initiative, making it a crucial part of media’s role as the fourth estate, promoting good governance, accountability and transparency.

Investigations will often require thorough analysis of large quantities of data, documents, government and corporate reports, financial filings, public databases and interviews with both on and off-the-record sources. Often, investigative journalists will have to make use of Freedom of Information Acts to gain access to government-held information.

IMS supports investigative journalism schemes that provide grants, training, and networking opportunities for reporters in:

What we do

Safety in journalism

We help journalists protect themselves and report professionally under pressure

Advocating media rights

We help bring attention to press freedom violations and advocate for change

Media law reform

We work for transparent and accountable media policy and regulatory frameworks

Professional associations and media centres

We support media and journalists’ associations, unions, and press councils

Media business development

We help media develop sustainable business plans and compete on the market

New media and technology

We work to safeguard the principles of independent and pluralistic media and Freedom of Expression online

Professionalising journalism

We work to improve the content and quality of media products