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New lease on life for investigative journalism

New lease on life for investigative journalism

Strong topics and issues involving all the three Baltic states are the key factors that have made the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism what it is today.

Founder and director Inga Springe believes these will, by extension, help build the quality investigative journalism in the region.

“A year ago, I was skeptical. But if you choose a good topic, then you’ll start to get attention. And choose topics that’ll be important to at least two of the Baltic countries,” she says.

She was speaking to 33 young people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania who are participating in the Youth in the 21st Century: Debating and Producing Media camp held in Sigulda.

Springe was an investigative journalist at the daily newspaper Diena. Her investigations have focused on organized crime, corruption and smuggling in Latvia and the Baltics, work that led to changes in Latvian law and action against public officials.

After her Humphrey program fellow studying journalism at the University of Maryland, she returned to Latvia to form this centre on Aug 9, 2011.

“I am seeing results within only one year,” she says.

By results, she means the extensive list of partnerships she has had with social media networks and media organisations on the three organisations, funding, and the popularity and acceptance of her centre’s probes.

 

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