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Author: Olga Komarova | 15. October 2019

The new report, How to fund investigative journalism, published by DW Akademie is designed to give funders an introduction to the practice of funding investigative journalism around the world, via major contemporary debates, trends, and challenges in the field. It is part of a series from DW Akademie looking at practices, challenges, and the future of investigative journalism around the world.

The paper is intended as a stepping stone, or a springboard, for those who know little about investigative journalism, but who would like to know more. It is not a defense, a mapping or a history of the field, either globally or regionally; nor is it a description of or guide to how to conduct investigations or an examination of investigative techniques. These are widely available in other areas and (to some extent) in other languages already.

High-level practical advice

Rooted in 17 in-depth expert interviews and wide-ranging desk research, this report sets out big-picture challenges and opportunities facing the investigative journalism field both in general and in specific regions of the world. It provides donors with an overview of the main ways this often precarious field is financed in newsrooms and units large and small. Finally, it provides high-level practical advice – from experienced donors and the investigative journalism field – to help new, prospective or curious donors to the field to find out how to get started, and what is important to do, and not to do.


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