Cross-border Networks for Investigative Journalism

5. February 2015

By Stefan Candea, Ph.D. candidate enrolled at CAMRI, University of Westminster

While researchers and authors document the disappearance of investigative journalism in mainstream media because of budget cuts (Starkman 2014, Gruen 2014, Lewis 2006), some observe a boom during the last decade in alternative organizations and groups focusing on investigative journalism who network across borders. The focus of Stefan Candea addresses the lack of academic research in the field of cross-border collaborative investigative journalism. This comparative study looks at the workings of international networks of investigative journalists as well as at how distinct organizations interact with the network.

After 15 years of professional experience in this field, Stefan Candea takes a step back and reassess the concept of networked investigative journalism. He will form, test, articulate and explain functionalities of professional collaboration in cross-border networks among investigative journalists. The main focus concerns the exchange of information among these networks and the balance between collaboration and fair competition.

The Ph.D. thesis, a collaboration between The Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at University of Westminster and EIJC, will identify problems that cross-border networks of investigative journalism face and inform about solutions that are strengthening the networked community for investigative journalism and are helping construct a viable business model for such collaborations. The research intends to analyze incentives that various members have to join a network for investigative journalism, the way a network comes to life, the way it’s maintained, dissolved and reconstructed. It analyzes its relevance in relation to other core collaboration mechanisms such as web of connections, relationship between nodes, independence of network participants and the overlapping of networks. Methodologically the research relays on network theory and digital tools for social networks analysis while investigating “the health” of such networks, fitness properties of nodes and resilience of networks.

You may contact Stefan by writing an e-mail to: candea@eijc.eu

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