Investigative journalism has spread rapidly around the world in the past decade. Despite onerous laws and legal and physical attacks on reporters, it has found a footing even in repressive countries. Journalists have helped hold corrupt leaders accountable, documented human rights violations, and exposed systematic abuses in developing and transitioning countries, as noted in a forthcoming CIMA report, Investigative Reporting in Emerging Democracies: Models, Challenges, and Lessons Learned.
The field’s emphasis on public accountability and adherence to high standards has attracted the attention of international donors, who see it as an important force in promoting the rule of law and democratization. In spite of this attention, investigative reporting receives inadequate support—only two percent of global media development funding by major donors, according to Global Investigative Journalism: Strategies for Support, a newly revised and expanded report from CIMA.
Join a discussion to examine the field’s key drivers and actors and discuss ways to best support and professionalize the practice in developing and transitioning countries.
Sheila Coronel @SheilaCoronel Columbia University
David E. Kaplan @gijn Global Investigative Journalism Network
Drew Sullivan @DrewOCCRP Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (Lunch served after 12:30 p.m.)
1025 F Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, D.C. 20004
Sheila Coronelis the director of the Stabile Center for Investigative journalism and professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University. In 1989, Coronel and her colleagues founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism to promote investigative reporting. Under her leadership, the Center became the premier investigative reporting institution in the Philippines and Asia.
David E. Kaplan is director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, an association of more than 70 organizations in 35 countries dedicated to the support of investigative reporting. Kaplan served as editor of Empowering Independent Media in 2008 and 2012, published by CIMA.
Drew Sullivan is a journalist, editor, and media development specialist who has spent the last decade working with news media in emerging democracies. He is the founder of the non-profit Journalism Development Network. He is the author of a 2010 CIMA report, Libel Tourism: Silencing the Press through Transnational Legal Threats, as well as the upcoming report, Investigative Reporting in Emerging Democracies: Models, Challenges, and Lessons Learned.