From 2001 to 2010, corrupt leaders and their cronies siphoned more than $5.86 trillion from the national economies of developing nations, according to the Global Financial Integrity Project. For every $1 that enters Africa in development aid, some $10 leaves the continent in illegal cash transfers. This is money that could–and must–be used to build roads, schools, water treatment plants, and hospitals.
100Reporters is dedicated to forging new frontiers in responsible journalism. It joins 100 of the planet’s finest professional reporters with whistle-blowers and citizen watchdogs across the globe, to report on corruption in all its forms. The organization, spearheaded by veteran foreign correspondents of top-tier news outlets, aims to raise the caliber, impact and visibility of citizen-driven investigative journalism, as a means of promoting transparency and good government.
Thanks to advances in technology and heightened transparency among international institutions, we are in an unprecedented position to know and report more than ever before on both the flow of illicit cash, and on the spending habits of government officials and their friends.
At a time when dictators regularly employ the latest technology to plunder their nations–wiring ill-gotten gains to offshore accounts, buying lavish properties far from their countrymen’s eyes, using family and friends to skim a percentage off government contracts–we believe that the only effective challenge to that corruption is through a similarly global effort, uniting the observations and experiences of citizens the world over with the most solid journalistic skills.
With initial backing from The Ford Foundation, we have built a platform for domestic and international reporting around a towering global issue, where sources can submit–anonymously, if necessary–news tips and evidence of corruption. These become the raw material for stories to be reported and written by our professional journalists, and presented in hard-hitting news reports available to a worldwide audience.
Our mission is to cover corruption of all sorts, from the pervasive bribery that raises the cost of ordinary government services, to extortion, to the sweetheart contracts that perpetuate poverty and strangle competition.
Beyond foundation support, we have secured legal representation on a pro bono basis from the Washington, D.C.-based legal firm Arnold & Porter. We are seeking additional funding from donors and foundations interested in the future of journalism, and in promoting democracy and government accountability. Over the long term, we plan to raise revenue through advertising, syndication, reader donations, conferences and fundraising events.
We have nearly completed recruitment of our 100 top reporters and editors. Initially, we will count only a small core of full-time staff, with many more contributing on a freelance basis. As our site expands to include more countries, our full-time staff will grow with our resources and reach.
100Reporters informs and promotes the public’s right to know through investigative journalism, adapting traditional journalism’s standards and ethics to the new media landscape. To do this, it works with whistleblowers and citizen watchdogs to expose corruption and heighten government accountability.
100Reporters articles are published at 100r.org, often in partnership with other publications. Award-winning journalist Diana Jean Schemo, a veteran of The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun, is co-founding executive editor.
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100Reporters depends on the generous support of its donors. They include:
The Entire 100Reporters Board
Roger G. Breeze and Diana Jean Schemo
Pro bono legal representation generously provided by: