Collaborative and Investigative Journalism Initiative
CIJI is carried out in partnership by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Free Press Unlimited (FPU) and Tactical Tech (TT) and aims to become a network-based initiative that promotes ethical standards, offers training and capacity building opportunities and a fora for collaboration and peer-support.
The programme’s guiding principle is regional engagement and empowering existing regional initiatives as opposed to creating new ones.
In an open call for applications, a jury, consisting of renowned media professionals, selected three regional media organisations to act as CIJI regional media hubs in three respective geographical locations: Baltic States, Southern Europe and Visegrád Four.
Media hubs will act as an informal “network of networks” and will support quality collaborative and investigative journalism by promoting and implementing a common set of ethical codes, professional principles and guidelines in line with the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI). The hubs’ networks will have access to an accelerator for start-ups, including the availability of seed financing and micro grants to explore innovative ideas in the field.
Awarded institutions will benefit from financial support, training, resource sharing and exchange of best practices, collaborations, access to innovative methods and techniques - all following established journalism standards.