Who Should Receive an Investigative Prize?

Every second year the “Global Shining Light Award” is given to a work of investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions.

The winner receives an honorary plaque, US$1,000, and a trip to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference to accept the award in front of hundreds of their colleagues from around the world.

Deadline for the next award is May 1, 2015, for stories published or broadcast between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014.

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Time to Register for the Next Global Meeting

Meet your colleagues at the Copacabana! Registration is now open for the next Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which is to take place in Rio de Janeiro on October 12-15.

The conference will coincide with two other big events in international muckraking: Latin America’s annual COLPIN conference on investigative reporting, and the national congress of ABRAJI, Brazil’s investigative journalism association. Put together, the three meetings will probably be the largest ever international gathering of investigative journalists. .

Do you want to attend – but find yourself short of cash? If you are an investigative journalist from a developing country or emerging democracy, some travel grants are available. You can find more information on the conference website.

The Global Shining Light Award – Who deserves to be honored?

Who is doing a great job in investigative journalism under difficult circumstances?

In October 2013, the Global Investigative Journalism Conference will present the Global Shining Light Award, a unique award which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions.

The deadline for suggesting candidates is June 15.

Read more about the prize, the criteira and how to apply on GIJC – The Global Shining Light Award.

Website Opens for the GIJC in Rio de Janeiro

We look forward to dozens of workshops, panel discussions, presentations and hackathons, when the 8th Global Investigative Journalism Conference opens in Rio de Janeiro on October 12.

The registration for the conference will open soon, and there will be a number of travel grants available for journalists from developing or transitioning countries. SCOOP may also have travel grants, so please check on your regional website.

It is the first time that the GIJC is being arranged in the Southern hemisphere, and the meeting will coincide with Latin America’s annual COLPIN conference on investigative reporting, and the national congress of ABRAJI, Brazil’s investigative journalism association. The result promises to be the largest ever international gathering of investigative journalists.

Cross-border investigation nominated for prestigious Dutch journalism prize

The team behind the cross-border investigation The FAIRTRADE chocolate rip-off is nominated for the prestigious Dutch journalism award ‘De Tegel’ under the category investigative journalism. The winner will be announced 21 March 2013 at a ceremony in the Hague City Theatre and broadcasted on Dutch TV. De Tegel is organised by The Dutch Editors Forum and the Dutch journalism union NVJ.

In six months journalists from Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and the Netherlands investigated the alleged benefits received by cocoa farmers in West Africa via the FAIRTRADE label. The investigation was led by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) and was partly funded by the Programme for African Investigative Reporting (PAIR).

Read more about the investigation The FAIRTRADE chocolate rip-off.

Information about the award De Tegel.

Awards to PAIR investigation in Burkina Faso

The big winner of Galian 2012 in Burkina Faso is Rachelle Somé from Radio Pulsar. At this competition the best works of journalists in Burkina Faso in 2011 were awarded.

Her work “Schools without school girls in the Sourou” won the Galian in the radio broadcast category. It also won the price Samuel Tiendrébéogo of APAC (Association of professional information and communication ) and the price of the ministry of national education and literacy.

The investigation was supported by PAIR and was first broadcasted September 16, 2011 on Radio Pulsare.

Summary: In Burkina Faso thousands of little girls are forced each year to quit school to become domestics. This exodus is leading to the birth of networks claiming to be philanthropic, but which in fact, thrive and trade on this human distress. State institutions are well aware of this but declare they are powerless. For six months, Rachelle Somé, a journalist at Radio Pulsar, carried out an investigation around the phenomenon by tracing the itenary of these girls from their village, in Sourou, one of Burkina Faso’s 45 regions, to the capital. A journey into the heart of an accepted abuse

Listen to the investigation in French Écoles sans écolières au Sourou – l’exode rural se féminise.


African IJ Conference 29 – 31st October 2012.

The next African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) will take place the 29 – 31st October 2012 in Johannesburg. The annual AIJC is a partnership between Wits University and Forum for African Investigative Reporting(FAIR). For more information and registration see Journalism.co.za.

New publication on the media and political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire

The political history of Cote d’lvoire during the past decade has been characterised by conflicts that have often led to the loss of lives, displacement of persons and destruction of property. The most recent of such crisis was in 2010 when the post election dispute left many dead. In all these crises, what has been the role of the Ivorian media and how have the crises impacted on the media?

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has put together this publication which highlights the media’s role in the political crisis and the impact of the crisis on the media. The 62-page book authored by Zio Moussa, a journalist and media expert traces the development and role of the media from independence to present times.

Read the English version The Media and the Political Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire

Read the French version Les Médias et la Crise Politique en Côte d’Ivoire

PAIR calls for investigative journalists in Burkina Faso

Are you a journalist in Burkina Faso? Do you have a good idea for an investigative story? The next deadline for applying for funding is August 30, 2012.

To obtain an application form you can download it from our website or contact the national coordinator of Burkina Faso: Ahmed Newton Barry, +226 50363303/70285882, bangreib@yahoo.fr

How to apply
Investigative journalism is characterized by being independent, critical and systematic and brings out new and important information to the public. If you have an idea for an investigation you can apply for funding by filling out the application form and send it to the national coordinator of Burkina Faso. Our grants can cover salary, expenses of communication, transport, accommodation etc.

The application
An application must contain detailed information about the investigation: A precise description of the project, the reason why the journalist presents this investigation, the goal of the investigation, the time schedule, a detailed budget estimation, a short CV of the journalist etc.
The national coordinator will check if all required information is given in the application before sending it the Danish focal person.

The criteria
To receive support the investigations have to meet the following criteria:

1. The investigation will reveal new, important information of obvious public interest.

2. The investigation can be local or trans-national and involve cooperation with investigative journalists from other countries.

3. The investigation is based on firm publishing agreements with at least one and preferably several mass media.

4. The investigative journalists already have access to key information (relevant sources, case-stories and documents) and access to additional information is realistic.

5. The investigation will not produce unacceptable risks to the journalists / media involved.

6. The journalists involved will work according to professional journalistic and ethical standards.

7. Key results of the investigation will be published within a reasonably short time frame.

8. The journalists / editors involved in the investigation will subject their material to legal advisors before publishing to avoid unnecessary conflict with the law. The legal advisors will be appointed by and paid for by PAIR.

If PAIR decides to support the investigation, the journalist will sign a contract and 50 percent of the budget will be transferred to the journalist. After finishing the investigation, the journalist must make a financial report with all receipts and send it to the national coordinator who sends it to MFWA. The remaining 50 percent will be transferred upon MFWAs approval of the financial report.

If you have any questions please contact the national coordinator of Burkina Faso.

The new PAIR/SCOOP website is online

You will find the new website on the usual address www.pair-africa.org.

The www. i-scoop.org site presents the entire SCOOP/PAIR “family” from Central Asia to West Africa. If you log on from a country, where there is a SCOOP/PAIR program, you will automatically come to your regional page. All others will come to SCOOP International with general information on the programs.

A number of investigations have piled up, while we have waited to launch the new site. They will be published during July and August, as will the remaining material from the old SCOOP/PAIR site.

The PAIR has now an English and French version.