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20 Websites for Investigative Journalists

On May 3rd each year, the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day. Championed by the United Nations since 1993, it represents an important opportunity to reinforce the freedom of speech, opinions, and human rights around the world. This year, on the 25th anniversary of the World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO will lead the celebration with its central theme for 2018: Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law. In past decades, the internet has created a new way in which journalists and the media can share information, opinions, and reports. As such, we have created a list of 20 websites for investigative journalists to share some resources and promote press freedom.

Why Is Free Press So Important?

A free press has an intricate connection with law, accountability, and politics. It powers the potential for a transparent democracy and public participation in decision-making processes. Without a free press, all information can be manipulated, and there is no room for opinion or dialogue. In today’s digital world, the concept of the free press is presenting new challenges and opportunities. While the internet has extensively democratized information, it is still often subject to censorship and false reporting. This year’s World Press Freedom Day makes a special focus on this connection between the judicial system, public accountability of state institutions, and the freedom of press online. The goal is to raise awareness, foster press freedom, and ensure that each person has access to real, accurate information to form their individual opinions.

Investigative Journalism Websites and Resources

We believe that freedom of the press is essential to the well-being and empowerment of communities around the world. That’s why we have put together this exhaustive list of investigative journalism websites and resources. They are listed in alphabetical order.

  1. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: is founded in 2010. The primary mission of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is to provide in-depth reporting on a variety of topics. The not-for-profit organization focuses on issues of politics, democracy, law, and transparency.
  2. BuzzFeed: while best known for viral entertainment content, BuzzFeed also tackles more serious subjects through independent, investigative journalism. They principally report on issues in the United States, including law, policy, elections, and more.
  3. Center for Investigative Reporting: for the past 40 years, the Center for Investigative Reporting has been investigating the latest stories in politics, human rights, and environmental issues, among other topics. The organization is non-profit and shares their stories through the Reveal News website, public radio, podcast, and social media.
  4. Center for Public Integrity: another nonpartisan and non-profit news organization, the Center for Public Integrity reports on issues surrounding democracy in the US. The Center has won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for the Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine series in 2014 and the Panama Papers in 2017.
  5. EUobserver: the primary objective of the EUobserver is make the public informed so that they can form their own opinion. The news platform is not-for-profit and focuses their reporting on issues surrounding democracy in the European Union.
  6. European Journalism Observatory (EJO): a network of non-profit media organizations, EJO’s mission is to foster independent journalism, with a particular focus on Europe. They provide a space for interaction among independent media outlets from 14 countries, as well as resources and research on journalism and free press.
  7. Frontline: another option for an investigative journalism website, Frontline does produce not only written stories but also plenty of videos and film documentaries. They focus on politics and uncovering stories of fraud, human rights offenses, and global injustices.
  8. Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ): true to its name, because FIJ awards grants to investigative journalists to pursue stories without any strings attached. FIJ has funded over 700 stories and 50 books over the past three decades, many of which have won internationally recognized awards.
  9. Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN): a not-for-profit organization, GIJN brings together members from all over the world who produce, promote, and support investigative journalism. The organization holds events, provides resources, and raises awareness about the importance of the free press.
  10. Global Witness: the mission of Global Witness is to fight corruption and expose human rights offenses. The not-for-profit works around the world, presenting stories and informing the public through fact-driven investigations.
  11. Institute for Nonprofit News (INN): established through the Pocantico Declaration in 2009, INN is a network of over 100 non-profit media organizations. The platform’s mission is to provide a space to share the best practices, leverage resources, and also to exchange ideas and promote investigative journalism.
  12. International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ): ICIJ brings together more than 200 journalists and 100 media organizations, representing 70 countries around the world. The main focus of ICIJ is to investigate cross-border stories that require international collaboration among its members.
  13. Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE): the primary goal set out by IRE is to support and improve investigative journalism. The platform offers a wide range of resources to its members, and also hosts conferences and events across the US.
  14. Mother Jones: funded directly by readers, Mother Jones produces investigative journalism pieces on a wide range of topics. These include politics, climate change, education, nutrition, and more.
  15. Nieman Reports: a recipient of a number of awards, Nieman Reports is part of the Neiman Foundation at Harvard University. The publication includes a website and a quarterly print magazine, with a particular focus on supporting excellence in investigative journalism.
  16. ProPublica: the goal of ProPublica is to hold government power accountable for any wrongdoings. They do so through investigative journalism and exposing stories of misconduct at the public level.
  17. Real Clear Investigations: another excellent example of an investigative journalism website. Real Clear Investigations tackles a variety of topics through in-depth investigations. They also provide tools and resources for journalists.
  18. Splice Newsroom: the Splice Newsroom aims to be the Nieman Lab of Asia. Their objective is to ensure the integrity of media and news in the region by acting as a watchdog for the best and worst in investigative journalism. Additionally, they gather and provide the best practices, resources, and tools.
  19. The Intercept: a platform for investigative journalists to freely research and share their in-depth exposes, The Intercept provides coverage on a number of US national topics. These include politics and policy, international affairs, climate change, justice, media, and more.
  20. Transparency International: the mission of Transparency International is to fight corruption around the world. They have more than 100 chapters globally and provide witnesses of corruption the opportunity to share their stories.

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