Journalists Make Case For Muckraking

The Global Investigative Journalist Network, GIJN, Friday launched its latest project designed to draw public attention to the positive global impact of investigative reporting.

Titled Investigative Impact: How Investigative Journalism Fights Corruption, Promotes Accountability, and Fosters Transparency around the World, the project aspires to chronicle and document the processes, challenges and victories of investigative journalism worldwide.

At a Google event held in New York, GIJN director, David Kaplan, unveiled the project to an audience numbering about a hundred people. Using video and infographic media, Kaplan rallied support for the cause of investigative journalism, stating that it is a very crucial aspect of journalism that despite its often dramatic results, has received relatively little funding and is routinely under attack.

Such dramatic results include the iconic Watergate investigations which resulted in the impeachment of a United States president and forty-eight other related convictions, and more recently, the chilling Spirit Child investigations, which stopped the ritual killing of disabled children in Ghana.



    The Investigative Impact project, designed to engender support and generate funding, is a collection of case studies of high-impact reports, video interviews with journalists in 20 countries, infographics, and a resource centre.

    According to GIJN staff, the project is on-going and the network will continue to add materials and resources for the benefit of investigative journalists across the world while a final report with additional data and analysis will be released to the public early 2015.

    GIJN is an alliance of nonprofit investigative journalism organisations that produce stories, conduct training, provide resources, and encourage the creation of similar nonprofit groups. It was founded in 2003 when more than 300 journalists from around the world gathered for the second Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Copenhagen. Since then it has grown to more than 100 member organisations in 46 countries.

    The African Network of Centres Investigative Reporting, ANCIR, to which the International Centre for investigative reporting, ICIR, belongs, is a member of the GIJN

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