ANTWERP - The program for the VVOJ European Investigative Journalism Conference 2012 has been published. Journalismfund.eu is partnering with VVOJ to coordinate the conference's cross-border track.
BRUSSELS - A voyage of discovery through the European Union to explore the current state of investigative journalism. A search for answers to the question of whether robust, cross-border investigative journalism into fraud, mismanagement or human error in the spending of European money can contribute to improved European governance. During the last six months, this journey became a full-time occupation for investigative journalist Margo Smit and six of her colleagues.
This upcoming November, Antwerp is the place-to-be for investigative journalists from Belgium, Holland and beyond. On November 16-17, the VVOJ, the Dutch-Flemish Association for Investigative Journalists, is due to hold its annual conference.
In the past decades a community of investigative journalists has evolved. Today there are lively and regular contacts on regional, national, European and global level. Journalists unite to share methods, develop the journalistic craft and, not in the least, network for research.
In the view of Journalismfund.eu there is no final definition of investigative journalism. On the contrary – it should be a vivid process to strive for investigative journalism and any definition must be scrutinised over and over in an ongoing debate among journalists. However we would like to contribute to this debate by adding some crucial points from several parts of the world.