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Who we are

SCOOP is a network and support structure for investigative journalists in Eastern Europe, Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia. SCOOP was founded in 2003 and has since supported a large number of investigative stories.

Presently, SCOOP support programs exist in Northwest Russia, Ukraine/Moldova  and in the Caucasus region, and we have a wide network over the whole region.

How we work

SCOOP works on a peer-to-peer basis in direct contact between coordinator(s) within the country and the SCOOP volunteers in Scandinavia. The volunteers are senior journalists belonging to the Danish (in SCOOP Russia also Swedish) Association for Investigative Journalism. This structure is meant to ensure that the local needs are taken into account and that all decisions are made on an editorially independent basis.

We have two main goals:

  • To provide financial and professional support in the form of working grants to investigative journalists
  • To build networks between investigative journalists in and between the countries.

Both individuals, groups and cross-border groups of journalists can apply for grants. Please find more details and contact persons on the regional pages.

Today, stories and investigations are often transnational, and sharing experiences is a strong incentive for investigative journalists in their daily work. SCOOP brings together professional journalists to facilitate the sharing of best practices and production of investigative journalism. Several investigations funded by SCOOP have won national and international awards, among others in Ukraine, Macedonia, Russia and Romania.

Organisation and funding

SCOOP is founded and managed by the Danish Association of Investigative Journalism (FUJ) and is run by FUJ in cooperation with International Media Support, a Danish ngo. In SCOOP Russia, FUJ and its Swedish sister organization FGJ (Föreningen for Grävande Journalister) are partners.

SCOOP is financially supported by the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Foreign ministry and by private foundations such as the Open Society Institute.

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