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:
- Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia
The SCOOP initiatives support journalists in twelve countries in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.
- The Arab region
Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) supports Arab investigative journalists throughout the region.
The Network for Iraqi Reporters for Investigative Journalism (NIRIJ) is the first network for investigative journalism in Iraq, supporting journalists throughout the country.