The aim of Journalismfund.eu is to promote quality journalism by giving journalists the chance to carry out journalistic research projects. Journalismfund.eu supports professional journalists, who have good ideas for cross-border investigations. In that context, we also offer a mentoring programme, where teams of journalists working with the help of a research grant can get the assistance of a mentor.
Each project will be given a mentor based on either the focus of the investigation or the need for competencies in a specific skill. Here is a list of the different ways mentoring will add value to the journalists and the projects:
- Tips related to research including securing information sharing and communication
- Identification of sources
- Interview methodologies
- Sharpen the focus of the story
- A fresh perspective on the story
- Motivation to continue the work despite stumbling blocks
- Broadening one’s network.
List of Mentors
Journalismfund.eu has developed a pool of potential mentors, who can be suggested in a dialogue with an applicant team. For young teams or teams with little experience in cross- border journalism a mentor can be appointed.
- Gwen Lister (Namibia) - Journalist, columnist and press freedom activist. Founder, editor of The Namibian. Early ICIJ member.
- Nick Mathiason (United Kingdom) - Founder and Co-Director of Finance Uncovered.
- Sheila Coronel (United States/ Philippines) - Director Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.
- Wahyu Dhyatmika (Indonesia) - Specialist in corruption reporting. Editor-in-Chief for Tempo Media Group, Jakarta. Board member of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Indonesia.
- Yi-Shan Chen (Taiwan): Finance reporter and an instructor at National Taiwan University's School of Journalism and a deputy editor at Taiwan's CommonWealth magazine. Participated in Offshore leaks, Panama Paper and Paradise projects of ICIJ.
- Oliver Schröm (Germany) - Finance reporter and Editor-in-chief at Correctiv.
- John-Allan Namu (Kenya) - Investigative Journalist/CEO at Africa Uncensored.
- Eric Smit (The Netherlands)- Finance and money laundering specialist. Editor-in-chief at Follow the Money (ftm.nl).
- Paula Fray (South Africa) - Managing Director at frayintermedia.
- Laurent Richard (France) - Investigative Journalist. Co-founder of the French inquiry magazine Cash Investigation and Forbidden Stories. ICIJ member. Worked on Luxleaks.
- Pavla Holcova (Czech Republic) - specialises in Organized Crime Groups in Europe, Money Laundering, media projects. She is the founder of the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism.
- Roel Landingin (Philippines) - specialises in corruption, abuse of money and resources. Roel Landingin is the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Philippines, an online business news website. He is also a contributor to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and ICIJ-member.
- Sylke Gruhnwald (Switzerland) - specialises in reporting on white-collar crime, fraud and following the money.
- Craig McKune (South Africa) - specialises in research and communications projects around tax havens and financial flows & climate and energy. Formerly worked as an investigative journalist for amaBhungane.
(Photo: © Thomas More - EIJC & Dataharvest 2018)