Use your data skills to fight organised crime and uncover corruption


The only thing better than a great scoop, is a great scoop that inspires real change. At the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), impact journalism is at the core of everything they do.

Since 2009, the OCCRP's reporting has led to over 1,400 company closures, indictments and court decisions; 147 arrest warrants, US$ 5.735 billion in assets frozen or seized by governments, and more. 

This year, as part of the ICFJ Knight Fellow program, OCCRP are offering the opportunity for data journalists to help develop the capacity of member centers in Central and Eastern Europe, so that they can advance the production of impactful investigative reporting in these regions. 

The success of major investigations, such as the Panama Papers or The Russian Laundromat, is becoming increasingly dependent on the ability to process, analyze and present data from public sources and leaked datasets. However, many OCCRP member centers lack the skill to perform independent, data driven investigations.

To help build capability, the selected Fellow will act as an “embedded data coach". Over the course of several weeks in each center, the Fellow will combine short-term trainings and workshops with hands-on guidance for staff working on investigative stories, helping the centers to establish data practices as an essential design element of investigative strategy, rather than an afterthought. 

The Fellow will also identify the data journalism needs of these member centers and work with OCCRP’s in-house technology team to design and develop long-term infrastructure and algorithmic approaches to support better data driven reporting. The infrastructure created by the Fellow will be available to all the centers in the OCCRP network, and ultimately will be available to investigative journalists worldwide, together with other stakeholders such as citizen journalists and activists who need support in accessing data.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the goal of the Fellowship starting as soon as possible.

Find out more here.

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