What’s happening in SCOOP and in the world of investigative journalism.

Next Global Conference for Investigative Journalism under Preparation

Only two weeks after the Global conference for investigatie journalists in Lillehammer has ended, The Swiss Investigative Network is busy preparing the next global conference which will take place in Geneva in 2010. Read more about how you can follow the preparations and also get a look of the statistics of the conferences so far: Who where and how many participants!

Scoop to organise Global Conference 2011

The Global Conference for Investigative Journalism in 2011 will be in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. It will be organised by Scoop in cooperation with Ukrainian media organisations.
This was decided by the steering committee of the Global Conference at a meeting on Saturday September 13th in Lillehammer, Norway.
The conference will be the seventh after Copenhagen (2001 and 2003), Amsterdam (2005), Toronto (2007), Lillehammer (2008) and Geneva (April 2010).
2011 will also mark the 25th anniversary of the worst nuclear catastrophe in the world, the explosion in the power plant Chernobyl, on April 26th 1986. So there will be one track of sessions concerning reporting on nuclear and health issues. This includes a field trip to the site of the plant north of Kyiv. Other tracks will be ‘investigative reporting in transition countries’ and ‘best investigative practice in the world’.
The conference will be bilingual. All sessions, panels and workshops will be in both English and Russian.

Good journalism has to cross borders

A European “Scoop” is being built up: Under the Belgian Fonds Pascal Decroos a new fund for research stipendia covering the EU-countries plus Switzerland, Norway etc is built, thus supplementing Scoop. And the new fund can use the good experiences from Scoop.

Deadline for new applications April 1st

The deadline for proposals for Scoop-investigations is 1st of April. Later this year it will be possible to apply again for financial support for investigations.

8 million African men, women and children trafficked since 2000

They have ended up as unpaid labourers in construction sites, in food processing plants, in brothels, as household slaves, on plantations, in the criminal underworld, in prisons, dead, or simply on the streets. Many have paid large amounts of money for this “privilege” to be trafficked. From 2000 to date, at least 8 million Africans have been trafficked to destinations in Europe, America and the Middle East. Read the FAIR (Forum for African Investigative Reporters) Transnational Investigation 2008: ‘A better life elsewhere: human traffic in and from Africa’ here.

Private financing of quality journalism emerging in Europe

The traditional financing of quality journalism – ads on paper – has partly disappeared because of the Internet. What economic model will ensure that journalists can continue to fulfill their social function?

A Boost for investigative reporting in the Arabic world

Scoop’s sister organisation Arab investigative journalists (ARIJ) just held its first regional conference for Arab Reporters for Investigative journalism in Amman, November 28-30, 2008. At the conference 240 journalists and media trainers from the whole region came to listen to key note speakers such as the founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, professor Sheila Coronell and Yosri Fouda, chief investigative correspondent of Al Jazeera.

Scoop-journalists aquitted

Three Moldovan journalists investigating fraud at the local town hall in the town of Rezina were accused by the mayor of “damaging his honour, dignity and professional reputation” according to the Journalistic Investigations Center in Chisinau. However the three journalists aswell as their two media publications were all aquited.

Scoop seminar in Macedonia

Meet colleges – develop ideas for journalistic investigations – and hear about how Scoop can help you fund your project. We invite 20 journalists for Scoop’s seminar in Skopje Saturday 17th of January from 10-16.

French weekly wants original investigations on Serb mafia

If an investigation from East- or Southeastern Europe gets published in French weekly Courrier International, it is clear, original and different from the news you hear everywhere else. Interview with editor of Western Europe desk, Eric Maurice.

How articles cross from East to West media

How does an investigative reporter sell an article to a Western media? Read the tricks from David Leigh former comment editor, and present assistant editor of the Guardian, with special responsibility for investigative reporting.

Difficult to syndicate even awardwinning articles

In spite of a long list of awards and prizes, Scoop-supported articles still have trouble syndicating their work to Western media. Scoop’s manager from 2003-2007, Henrik Kaufholz describes the problem.