Journalismfund.eu makes it possible for journalists to investigate stories thoroughly and independently, by operating as a firewall between donors and journalists. In that respect, we provide EIC.Network with administrative and financial support.
This is a non-exclusive Network, meaning that members can be part of other Networks, but only one medium or media outlet from each European country can be an EIC member, ensuring national exclusivity.
The basis for cooperation among EIC member organisations is the regular sharing of information and consultations on possible story ideas. They have regular meetings and work on several fronts: tackling European stories; finding, compiling, processing or analysing big data-sets; developing under Free Software license their own Network collaborative tools, platforms und information design.
They take a long-term approach and therefore involve in their collaborative projects the generation #25 to work together with senior reporters and editors.
Stefan Candea is coordinates the Network communication, workflow and tools development. Each investigative collaboration will have him working closely with the story initiator to decide on the work plan, tools and publication schedule.
Discussions related to establishing this European Network started in 2015 and involved Jörg Schmitt, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Alfred Weinzierl and Klaus Brinkbäumer from Spiegel and Stefan Candea from the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism. Alain Lallemand from Le Soir joined the group, and later John Hansen from Politiken, Milorad Ivanovic from Newsweek Serbia, Florian Klenk from Falter, Paula Guisado from El Mundo, Vlad Odobescu from The Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism, Michael Bird from The Black Sea, Fabrice Arfi from Mediapart and Vittorio Malagutti from L'Espresso.
EIC partners are pulling together resources to do investigative research but also to develop tools and information design. EIC is building tools under a Free Software Licence and the lead developer is DER SPIEGEL IT department, but all EIC member organisations commit themselves to contribute.