NELSPRUIT - Oxpeckers is implementing a project focusing on capacity development and professional support of environmental data journalists based in Europe.

About the project

A team of five data journalists will be engaged in a five-month training programme tailor-made by the Oxpeckers team and specialists. They will learn how to source and collect data, how to use data-driven and other digital tools, including the #WildEye tool, how to apply these resources in investigative journalism, how to have more impacts and reach in story telling about environmental crime. The mentoring project will include their participation in five virtual training events, plus a final shared learning event where they will present their experiences and findings to the extended journalistic community.

About the organisation

Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism was founded on 18 July 2013. The unit has a proven track record in managing multinational journalistic collaborations. Its aims include building capacity for and improving the impact of environmental journalism, inter alia by building networks of data and investigative journalists interested in exposing environmental crimes. Journalistic teams working with Oxpeckers have conducted in-depth, award-winning, transnational investigations. Oxpeckers’ approach is innovative, accurate, strategic and linked to broader social and economic issues.

Since its inception Oxpeckers has pioneered environmental reporting in the digital era by combining traditional investigative journalism techniques with data-driven forensic analysis and best-of-breed mapping visualisations. Complex stories are told visually using dynamic infographics, animated maps and data visualisations that augment more traditional story packages. Journalistic collaborations headed by Oxpeckers have changed lives, policies and laws. Several of the unit’s benchmark projects have been replicated in other parts of the world, and have received global recognition. Oxpeckers has built comprehensive data sets of environmental crimes in Europe, Asia and Africa. We are using these in pioneering data-driven reporting, tracking and training projects aimed at building capacity among journalists in these regions, and providing them with professional support

€25.000 granted on 21/12/2021

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