Regional Investigative Journalism Initiative Targets Eastern Europe

Apr 192011

The International Center for Journalists is teaming up with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the Jefferson Institute in a new investigative journalism initiative. This three-year project, called the Regional Investigative Journalism Network (RIJN), will strengthen investigative reporting centers throughout the Balkans, Caucasus, Russia and Ukraine—and support cross-border investigations on organized crime and corruption.

The program is a direct outgrowth of the work of former Knight International Journalism Fellow Paul Radu. During his fellowship in 2008-09, Radu wrote "Follow the Money," a practical guide to researching investigative stories, now translated into five languages. Radu then became a Knight Stanford Fellow, where he developed the project even further by coming up with an Investigative Dashboard that enables journalists to track money, shareholders, and company ownership across international borders.