Global Investigative Journalism:
Strategies for Support
A Report to the Center for International Media Assistance 2nd Edition
By David E. Kaplan
January 14, 2013
The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), at the National Endowment for Democracy, works to strengthen the support, raise the visibility, and improve the effectiveness of independent media development throughout the world. The Center provides information, builds networks, conducts research, and highlights the indispensable role independent media play in the creation and development of sustainable democracies. An important aspect of CIMA’s work is to research ways to attract additional U.S. private sector interest in and support for international media development. The Center was one of the of the main nongovernmental organizers of World Press Freedom Day 2011 in Washington, DC. CIMA convenes working groups, discussions, and panels on a variety of topics in the field of media development and assistance. The center also issues reports and recommendations based on working group discussions and other investigations. These reports aim to provide policymakers, as well as donors and practitioners, with ideas for bolstering the effectiveness of media assistance. Marguerite H. Sullivan Senior Director Center for International Media Assistance National Endowment for Democracy 1025 F Street, N.W., 8th Floor Washington, DC 20004 Phone: (202) 378-9700 Fax: (202) 378-9407 Email: CIMA@ned.org URL: http://cima.ned.org
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About the Author
David E. Kaplan
David E. Kaplan is director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, an association of more than 70 organizations in 35 countries dedicated to the expansion and support of investigative reporting. For more than 30 years he has managed investigative teams, nonprofit newsrooms, and cross-border projects. During the 1980s and early ‘90s, at the original Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, Kaplan helped develop the model of a nonprofit investigative news organization. In 2007 he became editorial director of the Washington, DC-based Center for Public Integrity, where he oversaw its award-winning International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a reporting network with members in 50 countries. During this time he managed widely acclaimed investigations into the tobacco, asbestos, fishing, and energy industries, working with the BBC and other leading media worldwide. Prior to that, Kaplan served as chief investigative correspondent at U.S. News & World Report, then a 2 million circulation newsweekly. His stories there attracted international attention, including exposés of racketeering by North Korean diplomats, Saudi funding of terrorist organizations, and the looting of Russia. Kaplan has reported from two dozen countries and his stories have won or shared more than 20 awards. He is a four-time winner of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, including three medals, IRE’s highest honor. His work has also been honored four times by the Overseas Press Club. Kaplan’s books include YAKUZA, published in 12 languages and widely considered the standard reference on the Japanese mafia. As a consultant to CIMA, he served as editor and chief writer of the 2008 and 2012 editions of Empowering Independent Media.
CIMA Research Report: Global Investigative Journalism
The author has worked in international media development for 25 years and has led workshops and seminars for many of the groups noted in this report, including Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, the International Center for Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and IREX. He serves on the board of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and on the advisory board of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters. The National Endowment for Democracy, CIMA’s parent organization, supports many civil society groups and non-governmental...
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