“We hope this marks a new era of collaborative journalism in Europe”

An independent jury has selected twelve investigative journalism projects for funding under the inaugural round of the IJ4EU fund. More than sixty teams of EU-based journalists had presented projects worth more than three million euros as part of the call.

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“We received a large number of excellent projects and had to make difficult choices in funding only some of the many deserving proposals”, Wolfgang Krach, editor-in-chief of Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, who chaired the independent jury, said.

“We hope this marks a new era of collaborative journalism in Europe and emphasise the importance of making funding available for this type of cooperation.”

In addition to Krach, the members of the jury were: Cecilia Anesi, co-founder, Investigative Reporting Project Italy (Italy); David Boardman, dean, Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University (United States); Pavla Holcová, founder, Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism (Czech Republic); and Christian Jensen, editor-in–chief, Politiken (Denmark).

Jury members recused themselves from evaluating applications in which they declared a possible conflict of interest. The jury awarded a total of 315,000 euros, the full amount it had available.

The cross-border teams selected were (in randomised order):

• a team led by the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism (Re:Baltica) – 26,000 euros
• the “Lost in Europe” project, led by Small Stream Media (The Netherlands), which will investigate the disappearance of 10,000 migrant children – 35,000 euros
• a team investigating child abuse and neglect in Greece and Cyprus – 28,000 euros
• a team of journalists investigating climate denial in the EU – 32,000 euros
• VSquare and Fundacja Reporterów – 11,000 euros
• Danwatch and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) – 41,000 euros
• RISE Project Romania and Bivol Bulgaria, which are teaming up to investigate fraud, money laundering and corruption patterns used by organised crime groups in Romania and Bulgaria and the unseen links that unite them – 38,000 euros
• a team investigating corruption in cancer diagnosis and treatment in Central and Eastern Europe – 6,000 euros
• Forbidden Stories and OCCRP – 29,000 euros
• a team of six journalists investigating the misuse of EU funds – 15,000 euros
• the Invisible Border project – 35,000 euros
• Átlátszó (Hungary) and Átlátszó Erdély (Romania), for a project investigating Hungarian public money – 19,000 euros

IJ4EU is a new fund designed to encourage cooperative investigations that cross European borders. It is funded by the European Commission and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and managed by the International Press Institute (IPI). Grants will pay a maximum of 70 percent of the costs of investigations up to €50,000. Stories generated by the new funds are expected to be published or broadcast before the end of 2018.

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