German Grant for Cross-Border Stories

Are you a reporter who wants to dig deeper? Who teams up with others to explore a story from various perspectives?

The program “Reporters in the Field” supports cross-border stories by media professionals from all over Europe. It offers grants of up to 8,000€ to international teams. Selected teams will receive funding, and participate in a peer-learning workshop. The program is funded by the German Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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FGJ and FUJ Leaving SCOOP Russia

We are sorry to inform you, that the Danish and Swedish Association for Investigative Journalism, FUJ and FGJ, are leaving SCOOP Russia because of an increasing degree of mistrust and disagreement between the partners. There is in our opinion a lack of respect for the core values and goals of SCOOP, and we cannot not lend FGJ’s and FUJ’s names to that.

We have made this decision with heavy hearts, because a lot of good results have been reached in the project. 108 journalists have received training in investigative journalism and published an even higher number of good investigations.
The SCOOP trademark is the peer-to-peer cooperation between journalists, in this case from Sweden/Denmark and Russia. This cooperation will not be there in the future, and any continuing project cannot bear the SCOOP name.
This website is for the whole SCOOP project, not SCOOP Russia only, and will remain for the time being.

“Editorial Board” Prize to SCOOP Coordinator

Anna Yarovaya, journalist at 7×7 in Petrozavodsk and SCOOP coordinator, has been awarded the prize “Editorial Board” for her longread “Rewriting Sandarmorkh”.

Sandarmorkh is a name that evokes associations with executions, suffering, and history. In 1937-38 it was the site of mass executions of political prisoners, and over 7,000 were murdered there and buried in 236 mass graves.

But in recent years local historians have claimed, that Sandarmorkh is also the resting place for Russian prisoners of war, killed by Finns during World War 2. This was supposedly based on declassified FSB papers, but Anna Yarovaya’s investigation showed that the claims could not be substantiated in the papers. Who is trying to rewrite the history of executions and burials in Karelia – and why?

Read Anna Yarovaya’s story in English

And in Russian here


Have an Idea for an Investigation? Time to Apply for a Grant!

Fredrik Laurin, reporter at Swedish TV program Uppdrag Granskning and ICIJ member, teaches at SCOOP masterclass in Russia.

To all journalists in the North-West region of Russia interested in investigative reporting!

We – the International Media Support, IMS, in Copenhagen, the Associations of investigative journalism in Denmark and Sweden, FUJ and FGJ, in cooperation with the Regional Press Institute, RPI, in Saint Petersburg, Russia and Fojo Media Institute, Sweden – are happy to invite you to apply for support to an investigative journalism report you would like to conduct in your region. The investigation should be useful to your community and interesting to your audience. The work should be intended to be published in a mass media you regularly work for, such as print media, radio, television or web based media.

We offer you assistance to plan your investigation, and to participate in a training program held by Fojo Media Institute, with Russian-speaking trainers. During the work you can get support from our experienced trainers in Russia. You can also apply for financial support for various costs during the work, such as travel or external analysis, legal screening of the text and a small fee.

SCOOP Russia is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) This is the 8th year SCOOP Russia is running and SIDA is supporting the program till 2019.

The supported projects will also be published on the SCOOP Russia website On the website you can see examples of previous investigations in Russian language as well as in English. If you have questions, you can find contact details on the web page.

Deadline for applications is February 15th. The application form shall be properly filled and sent by e-mail to SCOOP Russia is ready to support 14 applications from new journalists. In addition a number of reporters who have already received SCOOP training, can get support for a new investigation. It is also possible to apply for a cross border investigation in cooperation with a colleague from another country. Our selection period ends March 1st. The training period is planned for 16 – 21 April 2018.

Only journalists from the Northwest region of Russia can get support and participate in the training.

We are ready to welcome your application!

The staff of SCOOP Russia

Call for Applications Upcoming

Journalists in Northwest Russia with an interest in investigative journalism: News is on its way about training and grants for SCOOP Russia in 2018!

Behind the SCOOP grants are the International Media Support Organization (IMS) in Copenhagen, the Association of Investigative Journalists of Denmark (FUJ) and Sweden (FGJ), the Regional Press Institute (RPI, Petersburg), Russia, and the Media Institute FOJO (Kalmar). SCOOP Russia will announce the dates and eligibility rules of new applications for participation in the program after the end of the New Year holidays.

The project is funded by Sida, the Agency for International Development Cooperation (Sweden).

Preliminary training is conducted in Russian at the Media Institute FOJO (Kalmar, Sweden).

We will inform you about the beginning of the new project after the New Year holidays. Please, use the vacation to tconsider which journalistic investigations might be useful to citizens and interesting for your audience, and be ready to file your thoughts in the form of an application.

Follow the announcements on the website of SCOOP Russia and on Facebook.

Nominate for the European Press Prize

Have you or some of your colleagues made a piece of journalism worthy of international recognition? Then the time has come to nominate this for the European Press Prize!

All journalists from Europe, working in Europe or working for a European media outlet can send in work – and in any language. Europe is defined as all countries that are part of the Council of Europe.

In addition to international recognition, the winning articles obtain a prize of €10.000.

The press prize is awarded in four categories:

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING AWARD – For discovering and revealing facts, exposing hidden news to the public.

DISTINGUISHED REPORTING AWARD – For exceptional reporting, telling a story in the best possible way.

OPINION AWARD – For remarkable textual or visual interpretation of the world we live in.

INNOVATION AWARD – For challenging the current boundaries of journalism with a new idea or method.


Read more at the European Press Prize web site.



Global Study: How to protect journalists

Journalists are murdered at a rising rate. Mostly in wars, uprisings and civil wars, but also in peaceful countries like Malta. A new global study from the Danish NGO ‘International Media Support analyses the efforts to safeguard journalists in seven countries where environments of conflict and instability challenges  quality journalism.

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Learn How to Dig into the Sports World

Would you like to dig into the world of sports? Would you like to hear the latest on corruption and fair play in the global sports business? Apply for a Play the Game grant!

Play the Game has just launched the programme for its 10th international conference, taking place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, from 26-30 November.

Since 1997, Play the Game has been a hub for journalists dealing with the political, financial and social aspects of sport, and the contributions delivered at Play the Game by investigative journalists over the years have significantly changed the international sports agenda.

There are 10 grants available for journalists from less privileged countries to participate with costs covered in the conference.

Read more about the grants

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ECPMF Chairman Challenges Council of Europe on Azerbaijan

Europe’s elected representatives should insist on improvements on human rights and freedom in Azerbaijan before ANY further cooperation or deals, writes ECPMF chairman – and SCOOP founder and coordinator – Henrik Kaufholz in an open letter to politicians in Council of Europe countries.

Azeri journalists are persecuted, and at the same time politicians and other celebrities in Europe receives money from Azerbaijan’s government. The politicians are in a position to demand change, writes mr. Kaufholz.

SCOOP is a founding member of the ECPMF (European Center for Press and Media Freedom).

The full text of the letter:

An open letter from Henrik Kaufholz, ECPMF Chairman, to all parliamentarians in the Council of Europe

Leipzig, September 22, 2017

Dear Member of the Parliamentary Assembly,

Azerbaijan’s human rights record is shameful. Europe’s elected representatives should insist on improvements before ANY further co-operation is proposed or deals are signed with Azerbaijan – by individuals, state-backed companies, nations or European institutions.

Investigative reporters working on the ’Laundromat’ money-laundering scandal have already revealed that at least two elected European politicans were involved in trying to whitewash that shameful record.

At the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom we are working hard to defend the rights of Azerbaijani journalists who – even in exile – are persecuted by Aliyev’s agents.

For example, Afgan Mukhtarli and his family fled to Georgia after his reports alleging government corruption were published, to escape the backlash. Then on May 29, 2017 he was forcibly abducted, beaten and hooded and driven to Baku, where he has been in pre-trial detention for almost four months now. This is extraordinary rendition. Mukhtarli’s wife and young daughter, back in Tblisi, are being followed by persons unknown and fear a similar fate.

They are just two of a long list of critical investigative journalists and human rights defenders who face imprisonment, exile and persecution. Your colleagues at the European Parliament have called on the Azerbaijani government to honour the commitments they have made for closer ties with Europe. (The case of Afgan Mukhtarli and situation of media)

We all know of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), we all know of the importance of energy security for Europe. But human rights weigh more heavily. As Chairman of the Executive Board of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, an independent co-operative largely financed by the European Commission, I urge you to protest in the strongest possible terms about the many human rights abuses committed in Azerbaijan. We should also oppose the candidacy of Polad Bülbüloğlu for Director-General of UNESCO and agitate to remove the First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyev from her post as UN Goodwill Ambassador.

The ECPMF and its partners across Europe will be happy to provide you with more case studies and examples of Azerbaijan’s shortcomings in the field of press and media freedom and human rights.
You have the power to question, to challenge and to initiate talks that could trigger change. We need to free the jailed journalists, remove the threat from dissidents who live in fear and help create an Azerbaijan that earns the respect of Europe’s citizens.

Yours sincerely,

Henrik Kaufholz
Chairman of the Executive Board, European Centre for Press and Media

ECPMF: Defending Journalists under Threat

Threats to journalists and violations of media freedom are on the increase across Europe – from prosecution of journalists in Turkey, over attacks on media workers in Hungary, Poland and Ukraine, to accreditations withdrawn at the G20 summit in Germany.

The European Center for Press and Media Freedom is going to focus on this development on a conference on October 5, titled  “Defending journalists under threat: solidarity, support and safe houses”. During the conference, the participants will explore practical solutions for tackling the many threats that media workers face today.

The conference language is English, and participation is free. SCOOP is a founding member of the ECPMF, and SCOOP coordinator Henrik Kaufholz is the ECPMF chairman.

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