Donor meetings: How to fund investigative journalism

25 September 2019 · SPIEGEL publishing building · Hamburg

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On the pre-conference day of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference the Rudolf Augstein Foundation will host a funders event in support of investigative journalism. Come and join us for hands-on sessions and lively debates with fellow international donors in Hamburg on 25 September!

Session I: Investigative journalism funding under the spotlight

Rudolf Augstein Foundation, the European Journalism Centre’s Journalism Funders Forum, Deutsche Welle Akademie and the Expert Group for Quality Journalism in the Federal Association of German Foundations have joined forces to offer a workshop for current and future funders of investigative journalism.

On this occasion, Deutsche Welle Akademie will publish its new report, How to Fund Investigative Journalism. The report is based on interviews with experienced funders, investigative media outlets and academics from around the world. It presents best practices and highlights funding opportunities.

Field experts, such as editors and owners of investigative media outlets, will also contribute their know-how.

This will be an interactive workshop. We will discuss the following issues in small groups:

  • Furthering your aim as a funder by supporting investigative journalism (IJ) – can it be done without compromising the independence – and security – of IJ organisations?
  • What expectations of sustainability should donors have of IJ organisations?
  • Is supporting IJ media in developing solid business models the silver bullet for ensuring their longevity and impact on society?
  • Is it time for greater diversity within the IJ field – in terms of approaches, funding, gender, race/ethnicity?

Session II: International Fund for Investigative Reporting meeting

The Global Forum for Media Development is chairing a working meeting on the potential establishment of an International Fund for Investigative Reporting as a follow up to the meeting organised in April at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy in cooperation with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

The meeting will bring together key stakeholders from across the investigative journalism community, from journalism support and media development organisations, and from donors and funders with the aim of furthering the discussion related to the establishment of a basket fund for investigative journalism. As part of the meeting, the following issues will be discussed:

  • How can we access potential revenue streams for the fund?
  • How can we identify target groups/potential beneficiaries and their needs?
  • How can we establish new, or harness existing, mechanisms that would meet the proposed criteria for the purpose and the structure of the fund?

The meeting will also include a presentation of progress made in different efforts currently underway to mobilise joint funding mechanisms for journalism internationally.

Registration

Please note: This will be a closed event for funders. If you have received an invitation please make sure to register below as space is limited. Participation is free; lunch will be provided.

Programme

12 noon

Networking lunch

1 – 3 pm

Investigative journalism funding under the spotlight – is it time for a new mindset?

3 – 3.30 pm

Coffee break

3.30 – 5 pm

International Fund for Investigative Reporting meeting

Contributors to Session I

Sameer Padania

Speaker
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Sameer Padania runs Macroscope, an independent consultancy supporting experimentation, innovation and learning in journalism, human rights and philanthropy. He has worked and consulted for leading organisations in these fields, on a wide range of journalism, digital media, activism and policy initiatives. He is the author of “An Introduction to Funding Journalism and Media”, an Ariadne Network guide for donors, philanthropists and other funders new to or curious about supporting journalism.

Richard Addy

Facilitator
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Richard Addy is a co-founder (with Luba Kassova) of AKAS (Addy Kassova Audience Strategy Ltd). AKAS provides audience/impact/narrative strategy advice for foundations (The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Luminate, CIFF, OSF, Wellcome, Adessium Foundation, Schöpflin Foundation), media organisations (BBC News, Channel 4 News/ITN, The Guardian, Hromadske, EUobserver, Warner Bros, CPJ, ICFJ) and international institutions (World Bank Group, OECD, IMF, EIB, EBRD). Previously, Richard was the Chief Adviser to the BBC’s Deputy Director General who ran BBC’s Journalism Group. Richard helped to formulate strategies that maintained BBC Journalism’s weekly global reach at 250m+ adults.Richard is a Trustee at Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity. He is on the Advisory Board of University of South California’s Media Impacts Project.

Lina Attalah

Lina Attalah

Field expert
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Lina Attalah, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Mada Masr, Egypt, a cooperative online news outlet that features sharp-tongued comics next to investigations into human rights abuses – an attempt to challenge the overall lack of freedom of expression in the country. Their website has been blocked for over a year by the Egyptian authorities, but Mada Masr continues publishing via VPN and Facebook. In 2017, Lina was named ‘Muckraker of the Arab World’ by the Time Magazine.

Anita Kömüves

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Anita Kömüves, investigative reporter and former head of the English section at Atlatszo.hu, Hungary, one of the few remaining independent news outlets in Hungary. Despite intimidation attempts by the government, Atlatszo.hu continues to investigate corruption of the ruling party. All articles that deemed ‘risky’ are checked by their legal team. With slogans such as ‘Give me 1% of your taxes – and we investigate what happens to the remaining 99%’, Atlatszo.hu has managed to source about 50% of their budget from crowdfunding. Anita joined Atlatszo.hu after she lost her job as an investigative reporter at the biggest newspaper in the country – it was sold to a company close to the ruling government and subsequently closed down.

Enrique Naveda

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Enrique Naveda, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Plaza Pública, an investigative news outlet and Guatemala’s first online magazine. Plaza Pública is hosted by a catholic university, which gives their reporters much more editorial freedom than most other media outlets in a country, where most media rely on government advertising. It has focused its reporting on power structures in the private sector, their investigation into child labour in sugar plantations gained international attention and impacted international labour organisations. Gabriel Garcia Márquez’ foundation named Enrique a New Chronicler of the Indies. His work has appeared in international news outlets, including the New York Times.

Rodney Sieh

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Rodney Sieh, founder and editor-in-chief of FrontPageAfrica (FPA), Liberia, the country’s leading independent newspaper that publishes investigations into high-level corruption and tackles social taboos. Rodney has made a conscious effort to hire female journalists and focus on ‘women issues’ – a report on female genital mutilation lead to the banning of this practice by law in Liberia. Rodney knows the risks of investigative reporting in his country: he spent four months in Monrovia Central Prison after a minister he investigated sued him and FPA for libel.

Arif Zulkifli

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Arif Zulkifli, editor-in-chief and member of the board at Tempo, Indonesia, the oldest investigative media outlet in the country. Tempo Magazine has existed for over 40 years – amidst much pressure from the government and the private sector, experimenting with a variety of business model ideas. Tempo reported about human trafficking between Indonesia and Malaysia as well as about injustice at sea, where 40, 000 Indonesians on board of Taiwanese fishing boats worked as slaves. After the report, officials were arrested and regulations tightened. Arif Zulkifli was part of the UN Expert Team in Drafting a UN’s Convention About the Role of Investigative Journalism in Combating Corruption, in Vienna Austria, 2013.

Arrive

Train: U1, Stop Messberg, 5 min. walk

Car: Parking space Deichtorhallen, Oberbaumbrücke 1, D-20457 Hamburg (cost: 2 €/h)

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