Our primary purpose is the joint reporting and publication of investigative journalism
with a focus on European topics to understand how power structures affect European communities.
The basis for cooperation among EIC member organizations is the regular sharing of information and
consultations on possible story ideas. We have regular meetings and work on several fronts: tackling
European stories; finding, compiling, processing or analyzing big data-sets; developing under Free
Software license our own Network collaborative tools, platforms und information design.
We take a long-term approach and therefore involve in our collaborative projects the generation #25
to work together with senior reporters and editors.
This is a non-exclusive Network, meaning that members can be part of other Networks, but only one
medium or media outlet from each European country can be an EIC member, ensuring national
Stefan Candea is coordinating the Network communication, workflow and tools development. Each
investigative collaboration will have him working closely with the story initiator to decide on the
work plan, tools and publication schedule.
The Board of EIC decides on EIC partnerships, membership, future developments and the agenda of EIC General Assembly. The Board members are journalists working with the EIC member newsrooms. Current Board is made of Alain Lallemand (Le Soir), Jörg Schmitt (Der Spiegel), Yann Pilippin (Medipart), Zeynep Sentek (The Black Sea) and Alfred Weinzierl (Der Spiegel) who is also the Chair of the Board. Jörg (joerg.schmitt [at] spiegel.de) is currently EIC.network outreach officer.
Here are our governing principles:
- In a healthy network all nodes (participants) should profit from the network;
- Keep the network alive, open to fresh ideas and people following new suggestions on
- In order to achieve a healthy growth, better network density and kick-starting the whole
process, we will act as a laboratory for networked (investigative) journalism;
- We start with basic research projects that would also be used to establish networking
tools and collaborative platforms;
- Decentralize the network's decision making process on new stories, new partners, new
- Understand and follow a set of predefined routines for each new project.
We believe networks are here to stay. Due to their structure and methodology, collaborative networks
are one of the few mechanisms able to keep up with the globalized power structures (ie. governments,
corporations), thus becoming the only way forward for investigative journalism.
EIC is putting together different mind-sets, organization types and skills. This is insuring a flow
of new challenges, ideas and approaches. Our aim is to build a European network to focus on
independent, high-quality cross-border and European investigative journalism projects.
Our focus areas: (un)organized crime, environment, sport, public spending, corporate corruption,
lobby, public health, religious groups, state aid, military & secret services, banks & finance,
labor markets, migration.