Independent Media and Investigative Journalism

Investigative Journalism Grants is a project run by the Department of Journalism at the University of Witwatersrand and aims to provide South African journalists with the time, resources and mentorship to do more public service, long term investigative work which generates public debate and highlights issues of poor governance in the state and corporate sectors.

Viewfinder is an investigative journalism platform, in partnership with the Community Media Trust and the GroundUp newsroom.  Viewfinder had a public launch in September 2019 with a project titled “Killing the Files”.  The report exposed performance statistics manipulation at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

The Shared Service Centre for Investigative Journalism was established to support investigative journalism in the SADC region.  The objectives are to de-risk, promote and raise philanthropic funding for a portfolio of investigative journalism centres spread across the region; and to offer capacity-building and direct support at organisational/administrative and editorial levels to the centres.

PoliticsWeb sends a daily newsletter to subscribers, with comment and opinion sent in by contributors, as well as a detailed daily record of the political news stories and the key political statements, speeches, judgments and documents of the day.

GroundUp is an independent online news agency specialising in stories on housing, healthcare, sanitation, education, immigration, policing, labour and social security.

The objective of AmaBhungane is to develop best practise in the field of investigative journalism, by producing major investigative stories that are accurate and fair, advance methods and standards, set an example to the wider media, expose wrongdoing and empower people to hold power to account.