Investigative Journalism in Europe

We have interviewed two hundred investigative journalists from all over Europe. This project makes available information about professional practices and newsroom cultures in various European countries. The results are available here: Report about Journalism in Europe.

The VVOJ wants to stimulate the internationalisation of investigative journalism. National borders define news to an ever lesser extent. In this sense globalisation is not a buzzword, but a real aspect of citizens’ daily lives.

Journalists that are well informed about both the national developments in their beats, and the international ones, will be less reluctant to cross borders during their investigations. Journalists that know colleagues in other countries well enough to trust them, are more likely to cooperate. This may save time and money. The trust required emerges by getting to know each other. Essential in the process of getting to know each other is knowledge about the professional values and circumstances in a country.

Examples of relevant questions are: how independent is journalism in a particular country, what are the ties to politics, what is the role of media owners, what is the level of professionalism in journalism in a country, what research methods are being used?

European inventory of research

In part as a preparation for the conference, VVOJ has conducted a research project on the state of investigative journalism in Europe. For this project over two hundred investigative journalists from all over Europe will be interviewed. The project makes available information about professional practices and newsroom cultures in various European countries to journalists seeking cooperation with foreign colleagues, to media wishing to develop cross-border investigative journalism, and to training institutions with international ambitions. The results are presented at the conference.