cross-border journalism

Talking about impact

In Blog news, Projects on November 25, 2011 at 7:35 am

Journalists love to do research. They are happy and proud, when the story comes out. And then they move on to the next story. In other words: We rarely check the impact. Did our reporting actually lead to change?

Last year I was part of a team by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists looking into the black market in bluefin tuna – in Europe and globally. Story was quoted widely – a selection gathered at my Danish Crossborder blog at the magazine Journalisten.

One of the key findings at the time was, that yes, governments and whoever responsible had a lot of nice promises for systems to control the greedy tuna industry – but they didn’t work. One of the problems was an archaic control system.

This past weekend the fishing nations behind the agreement changed their mind – and the system!

Read more in the sum up on impact by the leading reporters of last year’s team, Kate Willson and Marina Walker.

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