Investigative Reporting Training for Pacific Islands Journalists

Investigative Reporting Training for Pacific Islands Journalists

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) will be organizing a rolling series of training courses in investigative reporting for Pacific Islands journalists. OCCRP is a global network of reporters who specialize in complex, hard-hitting stories into transnational crime and kleptocracy. We work in high risk environments, using advanced technology and old-school reporting to uncover wrongdoing by the world’s powerful. From big leaks like the Pandora Papers to our exposes of dictators’ stolen fortunes, our reporting is based in broad, global collaboration.

The forthcoming trainings starting in late 2021 are open to all journalists who cover the Pacific Islands. The courses typically include a week of in-person group training in a hub such as Sydney or Auckland or, due to pandemic restrictions, the equivalent online. In trainings, we teach you how to use documents, data, and the latest tech tools to follow the money and do deep reporting on crime and corruption. Our trainings are also aimed at building a strong network of investigative reporters in the region, who in turn can work with each other, OCCRP, and other global media on collaborative projects.

The trainings are just one part of our efforts in the Pacific Islands. We are also hiring journalists and providing fellowships for journalists and reporting grants to newsrooms. Applicants for jobs and fellowships and encouraged to apply for trainings, and trainee applicants are encouraged to apply for jobs and fellowships.

Travel and accommodation for in-person trainings is covered by OCCRP. We are also able to provide special assistance if needed.

Interested journalists should contact Senior Pacific Islands Investigations Editor Aubrey Belford (aubrey[at] Please send a brief email introducing yourself and explaining why you want to take part, along with a CV and links to your reporting.

OCCRP is the world’s first global network that focuses entirely on investigative reporting, with 45 investigative editors on six continents. It runs a global collaborative, cross border network that partners with the best investigative reporters in the world. It’s work has been awarded every major journalism award and led to changes across the world.

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