The aim of is to promote quality journalism by giving journalists the chance to carry out journalistic research projects. 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.
Kristof Clerix - EIJC & Dataharvest

List of Mentors 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 ( 
  • 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
  • Nicolas Kayser-Bril (Germany) is a data journalist who investigates algorithms at AlgorithmWatch.

Read: Six ways a mentor can directly benefit your research and story.

(Photo: © Thomas More - EIJC & Dataharvest 2018)