"More than 70 percent of all reporters who are killed worldwide are killed because of their work. There are no safety programs that teach journalists how to report safely at the nexus where criminal networks meet corrupt government. Our mission is to keep reporters not only alive but feeling sufficiently safe to continue their work. We have developed our own unique safety program. At its heart is the importance of professional standards of research, writing and editing as a means of increasing accuracy and safety. We work with newsroom leaders as well as reporters on a story by story basis to determine the risks and to design procedures that are sometimes unique to a story. Our training is continuous and holistic – it has become a daily part of all of our lives." Drew Sullivan
Capacity building and training for standards and security are at the core of OCCRP activities. The OCCRP works regularly with international non-profit partners like Connectas, Columbia; the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ); and ANCIR, the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting modeled after OCCRP. We also train at conferences, trainings and workshops worldwide, ranging from Tunisia to Nepal to Kazakhstan. Our members collaborate extensively with journalists from international media on individual stories, enabling them to access the information they need via our research tools. We work with reporters in Africa, the Middle East, South America, Central America, the Pacific, and North America as well as dozens of media in Europe through to Central Asia.
OCCRP reporters and editors are in high demand as international speakers and trainers, being asked to participate in more than 50 events a year, in locations ranging from Iceland to Brazil. This international influence comes solely from the practice of core journalism skills. Other organizations in developing countries, recognizing OCCRP’s achievements, are seeking advice, training and relationships with OCCRP. This, in turn, helps to build the relationships between member centers far beyond their borders and allows them to leverage their international reporting more effectively. Some of the organizations who invited us recently include the OSCE, the UNODC, the World Economic Forum, Google Ideas, GIJN, Investigative Reporters and Editors and many more. Our YanukovychLeaks reporters are experiencing worldwide interest in how they discovered and uploaded the documents that were hurled into an ornamental lake as the outgoing president fled...
Some recent events:
Stevan Dojcinovic was joined by Vlad Lavrov and Anna Babinets, who came to talk about YanukovychLeaks and the Euromaidan protests.
OCCRP executive director Paul Radu and lead investigative reporter Miranda Patrucic presented workshops at the April 30-May 5 International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.
Khadija Ismayilova made a presentation on corrupt practices within the public sector in Azerbaijan; Paul Radu illustrated some investigations conducted by OCCRP.
OCCRP reporters Miranda Patrucic, Paul Radu, and Rosemary Armao conducted trainings at an April 21-23 seminar for the first graduating class of investigative journalism students at Tunisia's Institute of Press and Information Sciences (Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l’Information, IPSI)