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The Rewards of our Work: keynote speech at the 15th Ukrainian Investigative Journalism Conference, Lviv, August 22 2023

When I was invited to speak here, I was honored. Instead of telling you how to do a job that some of you have been doing for decades, in the face of ferocious pushback, I’d like to ask you a question that I often ask myself: Why are we doing this work?

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The Death and Rebirth of Objectivity

No discussion is more tiresome for journalists than the one about how no one can be truly objective. The good news is that if current trends continue, we won’t have to hear it anymore. Objectivity is morphing into a radically new form.  Tap to keep reading

Wat is onderzoeks journalistiek?

Vorige week opende Luuk Sengers in een artikel op DNR de discussie over een concretere definitie van onderzoeksjournalistiek. Meteen zijn collega’s in de pen geklommen. Naar aanleiding daarvan: een aangepast voorstel. Over hoe je als onderzoeksjournalist onderzoek doet, lijkt iedereen het wel eens. Maar over wat je zou moeten onderzoeken, niet. Tap to keep reading

Collaborating with NGOs: A Strategic Alliance Approach for Journalists

The European Investigative Journalism Conference at Mechelen, Belgium, broke ground by putting a still-novel subject on the agenda: “Journalism with a Cause and Journalism Funded by Interest Organizations: Business Model or Gray Zone?”  Tap to keep reading

Climate crisis affects also how we report

James Fahn does us a great service with his article on the consequences of the climate crisis for investigative journalism (Climate Change: Investigating the Story of the Century), by pointing out both the imperative need to address the subject and the richness of journalistic perspectives. In addition, I would argue that it is fair to expect that the climate crisis will not only affect what we report, but also how we do it. Tap to keep reading

News Credibility in an Age of Disinformation

Where I live, it’s common to hear people say that the U.S. government destroyed the World Trade Center. What looks to me and my reporter colleagues like a Russian invasion of Ukraine looks to them like a murky situation where no one is right or wrong. But when someone said to me over dinner that a Polish fighter plane had shot down MH17 over Ukraine, citing yet another obscure Internet “news” site, something snapped. Tap to keep reading

You Can’t Kill an Attitude: Remembering Charlie Hebdo

As I write, the news coverage of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo’s offices has been remarkably good, detailing the weekly’s provocations of Islam over the years. Less has been said about Charlie’s running battle with the French extreme right, and its role in widening the space for investigative reporting in France. Tap to keep reading