The first center for investigative journalism in Italy, founded in 2013.
In these frustrating times of shrinking commercial newsrooms, unprecedented numbers of talented investigative journalists have nowhere to work. For the sake of our lonely profession-and indeed for democracy itself- we need to preserve and enlarge the public space for high quality journalism.
The only way to do that is to create new economic models to enable this hugely important work.
Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) was born due to the fortunate meeting of its founders at the seventh Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC), taking place in October 2011 in Kyiv. From then on, eight Italian journalists, namely Guia, Leo, Cecilia A., Giulio, Lorenzo, Cecilia F., Guido and Alessia, began networking in order to establish an organisation dedicated to investigative journalism, the first of its kind in Italy.
Creating in Italy an organisation solely engaged with the practice of investigative journalism on the model of other centres already active in the US and other countries, including Eastern Europe, was the aim of us all. Establishing IRPI also comes as a meditation on journalism in this country. When the Italian journalism scene gets compared with others, it becomes clear an initiative such as IRPI is utterly needed – in order to promote, foster and even reclaim better standards and quality in journalism.
We do not have the insolence of thinking we are the ones making that high quality journalism better than anybody else in Italy, rather, we intend to provide a platform for all those who feel the same way and are passionate about journalism beyond its job-side. Moreover, what deeply connects IRPI’s founders is the belief in the cross-borderness of investigative journalism.
Transnationalism in investigations will be assured by the choice of international topics and research, but also throughout a wide network of contacts and collaboration with journalist and associations from around the world.
Moreover, the internationalisation of our work will be assured also thanks to multiple publications on different media around the world. IRPI will have an Italian soul, but will express itself globally. In fact, foreign collaborations in inquiries are not only most welcome, but also seen as crucial. By also offering a fixing service to foreign media and reporters, IRPI wishes to create the occasion for a market that is virtually inactive in Italy.
Our fixing service can provide efficient and highly professional support both in terms of research and fieldwork for any type of media, it being a written paper or it being a TV production [to know more about it click here.]It must be added that Italy hasn’t been chosen just because we are Italian. It has been picked as our base because it is a highly corrupted country where abuse and misuse of power occur on a daily basis. According to the Court of Auditors of Italy corruption crunches 60 billion euros per year. Contemporaneously, Transparency International puts Italy at stall 72 out of 174 countries.
Italy is a great observatory for crime and corruption, it being the very homeland of Cosa Nostra, Camorra, ‘Ndranghetaand Sacra Corona Unita – the four strongest mafias, now active in the whole world. It must be noticed that recently Germany identified ‘Ndrangheta as the most relevant criminal group in the country since the ’80s.
Investigating the organised crime and acting as the “Fourth Estate” is for IRPI the uttermost goal. And Italy sounds like the perfect place where to start accomplishing it from.
Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), is an association of investigative journalists based in Italy whom are experimenting new approaches, production and distribution models of investigative journalism.
IRPI digs into the interests that hide behind certain political or corporate policiesand investigates illegal trafficking of any kind.
IRPI favours topics such as the public spending, organised crime, environmental impoverishment, corporate policiesthat lead to illegal profits or social injustice.
IRPI addresses a globalised citizenship through international media.
In order to investigate stories through a transnational angle, IRPI collaborates withforeign journalists and otherorganisations of investigative journalism.
Investigative Reporting Project Italy believes journalism should be a watchdog of democracy, a vision little rooted in the panorama of Italian media.
That is why IRPI has established itself as an independent organisation. For it, investigations will be carried out thanks to funds raised through a mix of donations from foundation and grants for journalists. The selling of editorial products and services to Italian and international media and crowdfunding initiatives will also sustain IRPI’s costs.
We are investigative journalists, we make journalistic investigations. Our works seek to inform our readers on all sort of wrongdoings, with a special focus on topics of public interest. We produce written investigations, as well as videos and web documentaries.
We are located all over Italy, we therefore can provide fixing to foreign journalists and media who look for support in our country. Scheduling interviews, translations, finding documents and data are just a selection of what our fixing service can provide. We can cover the following languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and Japanese.
On our website you also find articles that are not investigations. They usually cover journalism, human rights, crime and freedom of information related topics.
IRPI’s journalists have also received important endorsements and awards. Three IRPI’s members took part in ICIJ’s Panama Papers investigation which was awarded with the Pulitzer Prize for “Explanatory Reporting”. Two of OCCRP’s investigations IRPI’s reporters have contributed to received important awards in 2016 and 2015, respectively the IRE’s Tom Renner Award and the Global Shining Light Award. In 2013 IRPI won a special mention from CEI-Seemo for its ‘remarkable credits in investigative journalism’.
Secretary / Reporter Alessia Cerantola is a journalist, co-founder and reporter with the Investigative Reporting Project Italy and the podcast Radio Bullets. Her work focuses on East Asia, freedom of the press, corruption and environment. Since 2007 her reports and features from Italy, Japan, South Korea and the US have been published and broadcast by a cross-section of media including Internazionale, Il Sole 24 Ore, the European Journalism Center, NHK, BBC, The Diplomat and the Guardian. She has been honoured with nine awards and nominations, including the Freedom of the Press Award 2012 by Reporters Without Borders and UNESCO (Austria) and the DIG Awards. In 2015-2016 she took part to the Panama Papers investigation (Japanese team) and she co-authored the Wave of Reconstructionproject. In 2013 she was a Transatlantic Media Fellow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. Follow @aisselax