For young teams or teams that need support in a specific aspect of the investigation, a mentor can be appointed. Journalismfund.eu holds a pool of potential mentors, who can be suggested in a dialogue with the applicant team. The jury can make a grant conditional of collaboration with a mentor.
Here is a list of the different ways mentoring will add value to the journalists and the projects:
- Tips related to research including securing information sharing and communication;
- Identification of sources;
- Interview methodology;
- Sharpen the focus of the story;
- Fresh perspective on a story;
- Motivation to continue the work despite stumbling blocks;
- Broadening the journalists’ network.
The mentors are selected based on either the focus of the investigation or the need for competencies in a specific skill.
Journalismfund.eu has developed a list of names of mentors that are available underneath.
List of Mentors:
- Gwen Lister (Namibia) - Journalist, columnist and press freedom activist. Founder, editor of The Namibian. Early ICIJ member.
- Nick Mathiason (United Kingdom) - Founder and Co-Director of Finance Uncovered.
- Sheila Coronel (United States/ Philippines) - Director Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.
- Wahyu Dhyatmika (Indonesia) - Specialist in corruption reporting. Editor-in-Chief for Tempo Media Group, Jakarta. Board member of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Indonesia.
- Yi-Shan Chen (Taiwan): Finance reporter and an instructor at National Taiwan University's School of Journalism and a deputy editor at Taiwan's CommonWealthmagazine. Participated in Offshore leaks, Panama Paper and Paradise projects of ICIJ.
Roel Landingin (Philippines) - specialises in corruption, abuse of money and resources. Roel Landingin is the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Philippines, an online business news website. He is also a contributor to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and ICIJ-member.
Sylke Gruhnwald (Switzerland) - reporter based in Switzerland specialising in reporting on white collar crime, fraud and following the money.
Craig McKune (South Africa) - specialises in research and communications projects around tax havens and financial flows & climate and energy. Formerly worked as an investigative journalist for amaBhungane.