International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Inc

aka ICIJ   |   Washington, DC   |  www.icij.org

Mission

The mission of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is to uncover and highlight systemic failures that undermine the public good, using the power of technology-driven cross-border investigative journalism. ICIJ is an investigative reporting enterprise but it is also a network – a member organization of 267 journalists working in 100 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories. ICIJ's journalism seeks to promote transparency and accountability among the powerful, give voice to the voiceless, and advance essential issues of rights and justice.

Ruling year info

2017

Director

Gerard Ryle

Main address

1710 Rhode Island Ave. NW 11th Floor 11th Floor

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

81-4739107

NTEE code info

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Investigative journalism is needed today more than ever. Around the world, we are witnessing a decline in transparency and accountability and a rise in hostility toward the press. At the same time, traditional media is struggling. News outlets around the world have been forced to cut staff, slash budgets, or even close down entirely. Investigative journalism, which is more expensive and time-intensive than other reporting, is often the first affected by such cuts.

Without journalism shining a light on powerful people and institutions, the public suffers. People lack critical information needed to make decisions or to hold elected officials accountable. Those in power are more likely to get away with corrupt or immoral practices, often to the detriment of the most vulnerable members of our society.

We need strong journalism holding those in power accountable and protections for whistleblowers with important stories to share. ICIJ works to achieve those goals.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

cross-border investigative journalism

ICIJ coordinates journalists from around the world to produce cross-border, in-depth investigative projects. ICIJ chooses to investigate topics that have worldwide relevance and are likely to generate significant impact.

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ICIJ's mission is to bring accountability on a global scale. As a network of investigative journalists, we believe it is our job to arm citizens with information so that they feel empowered. We believe that truth is society's best weapon against corruption, injustice and inequality.

Our aim is to produce investigative projects that uncover hidden truths, expose corruption and spark global changes and public dialogue. We seek to bring a new kind of scrutiny to world events and complex problems - using data and document-supported facts that cannot be easily dismissed.

We also aim to serve the global journalism community by providing resources, data and opportunities for collaboration. Our unique and ground-breaking collaborative model allows us to build critical relationships with journalists in all corners of the world. As a result, we can produce stories on global issues and generate impact that no single outlet could create on its own. Our commitment to training and “learning by doing" provides journalists with opportunities to build their expertise and skills to help them produce great investigative stories.

Collaboration is at the center of everything we do. We have pioneered the kind of collaborative model that has been a game-changer for media outlets across the globe, from both a business and social impact perspective. It works like this: we bring a great story (like the Panama Papers or Paradise Papers) to a global team of reporters and news outlets. In turn, they give us their reporting, their graphic and design teams and their distributions. ICIJ acts as the central brain of the operation, using specialized technology to securely disperse information and communicate and collaborate with our global team. The partners have access to resources they otherwise would have to pay for (like data, tools and technology), and ICIJ has access to reporting from all over the world. In the end, we produce stories and achieve impact that no single news outlet could achieve on its own.

We are a tech-driven organization that focuses on innovation. ICIJ is seen as a leader in data journalism and journalism technology, with a highly sophisticated data team made up of journalists, researchers, developers and analysts. Our digital innovations, our secure international network and our access, through whistleblowers, to gigantic data sets that exist nowhere else, allow us to dig out information that would otherwise be hidden from view.

Finally, we employ a "learning by doing" approach that emphasizes training and ongoing support for journalists who work on our projects. Our staff offers hands-on training sessions on how to search and analyze data, how to secure data and communications and how our tools can best aid their reporting.

ICIJ has a team of about 40 staff members, which includes experienced reporters, editors, researchers, data analysts and developers based around the world. Our staff is multi-lingual and geographically diverse, representative of the journalists we work with and the readers we serve.

ICIJ's network consists of 267 investigative journalists in 100 countries who collaborate on in-depth stories. In 2020, we added 18 members from a diverse range of countries, including Morocco, Mauritius, Cuba and Luxembourg. We seek to add new members to the network each year.

ICIJ has developed a suite of tools used to ensure secure communications and information sharing that allow for teams of journalists to work together across continents. We also tend to work with large data sets, both publicly available information as well as leaked data. Our data team is able to process and analyze data in ways that provide unique insights that enhance our reporting.

Our expertise, our global network and our access to data sets that exist nowhere else make ICIJ uniquely qualified to find hidden information and tell important stories.

Although we are a newly independent nonprofit organization, ICIJ has a 20-year track record of producing investigations that lead to real-world, long-term impact. Our projects have exposed smuggling by multinational tobacco companies and by organized crime syndicates; investigated private military cartels, asbestos companies, and climate change lobbyists; and broke new ground by publicizing details of Iraq and Afghanistan war contracts.

ICIJ is also well known for its investigations into the global offshore economy, particularly the Panama Papers project. These investigations have sparked resignations, arrests and policy changes in dozens of countries. Our Offshore Leaks Database, which we make fully available for free on our website, includes more than 785,000 offshore companies, foundations and trusts.

We have also been internationally recognized and praised for our work. In 2017, ICIJ won the Pulitzer Prize for the Panama Papers project. Our projects have received a host of other journalism awards, including the George Polk Award, Overseas Press Club Award, John Oakes Award, Editor and Publisher Award, Society of Professional Journalists, KC Kulish Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/20/2020
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Board chair

Sheila Coronel

Alexander Papachristou

Rhona Murphy

Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab Wilhelm

Tom Steinberg

Stephen King

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No