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IJ4EU awards €130,000 to support 14 cross-border investigations


IJ4EU awards €130,000 to support 14 cross-border investigations

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Zlatina Siderova — Programme Lead Grants
November 12, 2020

The latest funding under the IJ4EU Publication Support Scheme will help journalists complete ongoing collaborative projects.

The IJ4EU fund has selected 14 additional projects under its Publication Support Scheme, allocating €130,000 to cross-border investigations that are already underway and need a final boost to reach publication.

Altogether, the Publication Support Scheme has assisted 24 projects in various stages of completion this year with a total pot of €204,500. This comes in addition to €864,000 in funding allocated to 25 new cross-border projects under the IJ4EU’s Investigation Support Scheme this year.

The Publication Support Scheme grants of up to €10,000 to offer short-term support for journalists in EU member states and candidate countries to get their collaborative projects over the finish line, while the Investigation Support Scheme provides grants of up to €50,000 to launch new projects.

The latest 14 grantees were selected after the Publication Support Scheme closed on 18 September 2020. They involve freelance and staff journalists as well as news organisations from 16 countries on topics ranging from the environment and public health to organised crime.

In no particular order, the teams and their projects are:

  • An international team of journalists investigating Russian influence and asset-stashing in the EU — €10,000
  • Two freelance journalists working on corporate social responsibility in the fisheries sector — €8,000
  • An international team working on a data-driven investigation on COVID-19 and building a database with sociodemographic variables in Europe — €10,000
  • Michele Catanzaro (Spain) and Astrid Viciano (Germany) are working on a cross-border investigation into the pharmaceutical sector — €8,670
  • An international collaboration investigating the recycling industry and new garbage routes in the EU — €9,600
  • An international collaboration between two organisations investigating the environmental impact of local industrial accidents -€10,000
  • A team of freelancers examining conflicts of interest in science and research — €10,000
  • Two freelance journalists investigating the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on real estate ownership in Europe — €9,621
  • An international team coordinated by AlgorithmWatch investigating the impact coordinated groups on social media have on the European public — €4,250
  • An international collaboration by, and a freelance investigative reporter from Romania working on an investigation into organised crime in Eastern Europe — €10,000
  • An international team of freelance journalists investigating new offshore energy projects in the Black Sea — €10,000
  • A collaboration investigating political influence in the energy sector in Central and Eastern Europe — €10,000
  • A group of freelancers investigating organised crime and corruption in Eastern Europe — €9,970
  • An international team led by Gergely Nyilas (Telex, Hungary) including Dmytro Tuzhanskyi (Varosh, Ukraine) and Markus Müller-Schinwald (ORF, Austria) is working on an environmental investigation in Central Europe — €8,978.

Read more here.

This article is co-authored by Timothy Large, IJ4EU project manager at the International Press Institute.

Do you have questions?

The IJ4EU website and the FAQ page provide answers to many specific questions about the fund.

The team leading the IJ4EU fund and managing the Publication Support Scheme at the EJC are Kathryn Geels, programme director, Zlatina Siderova, project manager, and Madalina Ciobanu, project manager.


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