By Lauren MartinJuly 2, 2013
The Global Mail is joining forces with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, as the worldwide reporting network’s first institutional member.
The need has never been greater for innovative models that strengthen journalism in the public interest. We are committed to producing the journalism that’s increasingly hard to find, original reporting that brings a global context to issues that affect us individually.
The media worldwide is under intense commercial and in some cases political pressure. The Global Mail and the ICIJ, both not-for-profit digital media outlets, recognise that corporate and government accountability can be weakened by globalisation. Many of today’s important stories cross borders, and telling those stories requires teams of journalists who are connecting across borders too.
This journalism is global and in-depth – so this partnership contributes to a new research desk at the ICIJ.
This journalism also takes time – so this partnership provides for a Global Investigative Journalism Fellowship, allowing a reporter an entire year to research and develop an idea for publication, with the support of the ICIJ. (We will soon advertise for journalists to pitch their projects for the Australian fellowship.)
Part of the Center for Public Integrity, the ICIJ is based in Washington, DC with virtual newsrooms and publishing partners around the world. The consortium has published myriad investigations since its founding in 1997. Most recently, ICIJ’s Secrecy for Sale investigation revealed the maze of global tax havens, through the work of more than 85 journalists in nearly 50 countries.
Their reporting has prompted authorities in multiple countries to act on ending tax havens, noted ICIJ director Gerard Ryle. Ryle is a four-time Walkley award-winner with a long career as an investigative journalist and editor for Fairfax Media in Australia. He plans for the ICIJ to add 10 more institutional partners in the coming two years.
The Global Mail’s current projects include Drug Money, an investigation into the lack of transparency about pharmaceutical marketing in Australia; Behind the Wire, about the secrecy surrounding life in the nation’s immigration detention centres, and Inside Papua New Guinea, exploring the mining riches and social setbacks of Australia’s nearest neighbour.
Just 16 months old, The Global Mail has racked up awards and nominations for its data journalism, long-form features, investigations and photography.
Becoming the first institutional member of the ICIJ is an exciting new marker in TGM’s evolution. It is made possible by TGM’s founding philanthropist, Graeme Wood, who has invested in the partnership as a way of sustaining major investigative journalism that is otherwise in decline.
This means The Global Mail can embark on long-term, international investigations in collaboration with the ICIJ, and with its other media partners around the world. We will, of course, continue to pursue our own projects locally, too.
How can we make this partnership have a positive impact on issues affecting you?