New models of collaboration in investigating corruption: a help or a hindrance?

Alex Johnson
30 November, 2015

How are new models of collaborations affecting investigative journalism’s ability to combat corruption?

Mainstream media continues to back away from funding long-form investigative journalism and are broadening link ups with organisations like ICIJ and 100Reporters. These new models are often in collaboration with civil society and other actors and cross border collaborations are also on the increase. Collaborations can broaden the scope of corruption reporting in a positive way.

Transparency International EU is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion which will explore and discuss both the sustainability of this model for investigative journalism and the potential difficulties with this approach. Is this a golden age for investigative journalists uncovering corruption? Will working with CSOs, and other stakeholders who have their own agendas, skew the journalism? Are there ground rules that foundations/CSOs like TI need to respect when they collaborate with investigative journalists? The event will be held on Friday, December 11th from 9:15 to 14:00 in London.

The event aims to:

  • Connect players with different agendas to combatting corruption via investigative journalism;
  • Discuss some principles for how the media/CSOs/other stakeholders can work together;
  • Discuss new online tools and software.

Participation in this event is free of charge. To register please email Alison Coleman at



A 2012 study by the European Parliament highlighted the clear role of investigative journalists in promoting greater transparency and tracking irregularities, fraud and corruption and uncovering misspending on different levels and scales in EU member states and institutions. The report recommended the promotion of investigative centres and more cooperation between journalists and officials at EU and national levels.

The European Corruption Observatory project aims to bring together journalists and anti-corruption campaigners – to encourage pan-European tracking of corruption related news and foster awareness of corruption trends. It aims to increase knowledge about corruption cases in the EU and make this information more accessible and better structured for professionals investigating corruption or working on anti-corruption policy. The overall aim is to improve awareness of the transnational dimension of corruption and to strengthen monitoring and detection capacities of the media, public authorities and civil society around Europe.

The project is funded by the European Commission.
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Alison Coleman

Policy Officer - Anti-Corruption in Development