This program challenges the development community to build citizen demand to reduce corruption, fraud, and other criminal activities through increased exposure to professionally-produced investigative journalism. The RIJN program has four objectives:
- Linking investigative journalism centers virtually and physically in order to create collaborative, regionally significant content
- Increasing the use of secure, shared communications systems and digital technology applications
- Setting high professional standards for investigative journalism and making sure they are adhered to
- Publishing collaboratively-produced content online for broad distribution and/or replication.
The project will result in a regional corps of seasoned investigative journalists who understand and practice the highest standards of journalism, ethics and safety. It will prepare skilled investigative editors to train a new generation of investigative journalists.