Journalists for Transparency is a collective of journalists and storytellers that seeks to explore issues of transparency and corruption around the globe.

Who we are

From The New York Times and Mashable to the Associated Press and National Geographic, our journalists’ work has appeared in dozens of major publications. They hail from around the world and all have one thing in common: a passion for reporting on issues stemming from corruption and affecting citizens’ everyday lives around the world.

How it’s done

The Journalists for Transparency initiative is carried out in partnership with the International Anti-Corruption Conference Series with the financial support of the German Development Cooperation. Grantees are selected from the IACC’s “Young Journalist” fellowship. Read more about it here. Transnational collaborations are formed through the YJ program to produce in-depth, multimedia-rich reporting under the J4T brand.

What’s next?

You can help us decide. While we’ve focused on food transparency, wildlife trafficking, and antiquities, our future editions will cover a wide variety of corruption-related issues. If you’d like to see a particular issue covered or get involved, please drop us a line at info@j4t.org.

Journalists & Editors

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Editors

Laura Dixon

Migrants choosing to leave their own countries are often desperate and will sometimes take huge risks with their own safety. Sadly there’s also no shortage of people prepared to take advantage of them en route.

Laura Dixon

East Goes West: Dangerous Passage And Uncertainty In Europe Push Migrants, Refugees To Americas

Brazil: Destination Sao Paulo

The migrant trail to North America is long and dangerous, and asylum increasingly hard to win, so many African migrants searching for new opportunities and challenges in Brazil.

Destination Sao Paulo: The Characters

A short look into the lives of the migrants we met in Sao Paulo.

Senegal: The Point of Departure

Editor, "East Goes West"

Laura is a British freelance journalist based in Bogotá. She writes for The Times and News Deeply and has been published by The Guardian, The Financial Times, the Atlantic, and Mongabay. While in Colombia she has written about the peace process with the Farc, the psychological impact of war on young children, landmines, the TV series Narcos and the environment. She was a 2016 fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and has previously received the Financial Times’s Sander Thoenes Award for young journalists with an interest in emerging democracies and the CSIS’s transatlantic media fellowship to travel along the US-Mexico border.

Sally Hayden

“Corruption hurts the world’s marginalized people the most. As journalists, our job is to shine light on hidden injustices, so corruption is a difficult but important target.”

Sally Hayden

Africa’s Crossroads: In Sudan, Corruption and Smugglers’ Lies Drive Refugees Onwards

Europe is cracking down on migration, but many of northern Africa's most vulnerable feel it's unsafe to stay still.

On The Rough Road in Sudan

One migrant’s tale speaks volumnes about the plight of asylum seekers who today find themselves stuck, facing exploitation and corruption, in Sudan and Libya.

The Lonely Fight in Sudan: One Official Works To Stem Migrant Smuggling – Without A Car, A Photocopier Or Any Staff

The deputy chairman of Sudan's National Committee to Combat Trafficking wonders where the EU funding aimed at stopping migration is actually going.

Sally Hayden is a multimedia journalist based in London. She has worked for outlets including VICE, VICE News, BBC, CNN, the Financial Times and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and reported on migration, conflict and refugee issues in countries including Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Jordan, Rwanda, Sudan and Lebanon. She was an IACC fellow in 2016.

Selase Kove-Seyram

Selase Kove-Seyram

In Western Africa, The Start – And End – Of The Americas Migrant Trail

The path to new lives in the Americas starts in Ghana for many migrants and refugees. Here they assess the promise and the perils of individual journeys that have led to starkly different outcomes.

Agadez Is The Crossroads For Migrants

In recent years the city has been transformed into a jumping-off point for migrants and refugees, lured here by the promise of what’s ahead in Europe, and the new hope of the Americas.

Selase Kove-Seyram is a journalist and digital content producer based in Accra, Ghana. He reports on human rights, anti-corruption, technology, public policy and African affairs – often using a combination of words, photographs, video, audio and interactive graphics. Selase completed a Masters in Journalism (Digital Media option) at Columbia University in the City of New York and also holds a diploma in Development Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. In journalism, he specializes in the production of investigative current affairs documentaries, many of which involve secret filming and dogged investigations in different environments. He’s a member of the production team for Africa Investigates, a documentary series on Al Jazeera.He has worked independently for the New York Times, ZAM magazine (Netherlands), the Caravan (India), Uptown magazine (USA), Al Jazeera, Stink TV (UK), CBS (New York), Quartz, Insight TWI, and the Rada Film Group (Brooklyn, New York).

Pedro Noel

Denouncing wrongdoing and corruption is not only a task of investigative journalists but a moral obligation we all should stick to, despite the worst odds.

Pedro Noel

Brazil: Destination Sao Paulo

The migrant trail to North America is long and dangerous, and asylum increasingly hard to win, so many African migrants searching for new opportunities and challenges in Brazil.

Destination Sao Paulo: The Characters

A short look into the lives of the migrants we met in Sao Paulo.

Senegal: The Point of Departure

Pedro Noel, Brazilian, lives in the intersection between ethically oriented investigative journalism and human-rights, technological circumvention tools and human sciences. Graduated in philosophy at University of Salamanca, Spain, he is co-founder and editor at the Associated Whistleblowing Press, a non-profit based in Belgium, where he took part in more than 45 publications, based on leaked information, denouncing wrongdoing, abuse and human rights violations in Iceland, Spain, Ecuador and Mexico. Since 2011, Noel trained more than 100 investigative journalists worldwide on how to digitally protect their reporting and sources. He is currently an “Orlando Sierra” fellow at the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at IACHR.

Maurice Oniang’o

Maurice Oniang’o

Corruption and Poaching: The Tusk at Hand

Poachers' sophisticated network drives trafficking of ivory and horns through East Africa

Maurice Oniang’o is a versatile award-winning Freelance Multimedia Journalist and Documentary Filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has produced content for various platforms such as Al Jazeera (AJ+), KTN, NTV, Africa.com among others. Maurice has received extensive training on documentary making and in-depth feature writing. The trainings and fellowships include; Investigative Journalism (RNTC- Netherlands), Investigating Wildlife Crime (National Geographic), Investigate 101 (Africa Uncensored), Financial Journalism (Bloomberg Media/Strathmore University), and he is also a National Geographic Explorer. He has won various awards including: Environmental Reporter of the year TV- AJEA, Thomson Foundation Young Journalist of the Year (FPA), among others.

Ryan Patch

Good government and strong markets lift countries from poverty, and eliminating corruption is the most important step for both to deliver effective products and services.

Ryan Patch

Nigerian Government Aims to Undo Booming Rice Smuggling Market

A tax increase on rice imported into Nigeria resulted in a massive surge in regional smuggling, thanks to Nigeria’s notoriously porous borders.

Founding Editor-in-Chief and Web Producer, "Spoiled"; Web Producer, "East Goes West"

Ryan Patch is a film writer, director, and producer based in New York City and Washington, DC.

Ryan’s documentary work includes such diverse projects as directing Back From the Brink, a film about an indigenous people’s recovery from alcoholism, editing & producing the feature music documentary The Sea In Betweenand numerous other short communication projects.

He is the owner of Storytellers Ink, a production services company, and co-founder of Bitter River Film & Media, a production company dedicated to emerging forms of narrative.

When Ryan’s not writing or directing narrative, documentary, or commercial projects, you can find him scoping out the best grilled cheese in the five boroughs, rock climbing, or pouring a bourbon-heavy cocktail.

Julieta Pelcastre

Julieta Pelcastre

Mexico City: Worst-Case Scenario

This year’s deadly earthquake in Mexico City exposed to harsh light what experts and activists had been complaining about for years: Construction in Mexico City often violates safety standards, a practice encouraged by corruption

Built By Impunity

A J4T Investigation into the record of poor building-code enforcement that’s allowed sub-standard construction in Kenya and Mexico.

Mauro Pimentel

Mauro Pimentel

Freelance Brazilian photojournalist and filmmaker based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among my clients are AP, AFP, Folha de S. Paulo, Estadão, El País, El Mundo, Huffington Post, Vozerio, Veja, 5W, Mongabay and UOL. In these years of photojournalism, I’ve been to Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, South Africa, United States, Panama and Cuba. Worked between 2012 and 2014 at Terra Networks news desk in Rio de Janeiro.

2013 | Best Photography | Tim Lopes Investigative Journalism

2015 | Honorable Mention | Capture Corruption: Global Photo Competition

2016 | Fellowship | 17th IACC Young Journalist Initiative from Transparency International

2016 | AP Monthly Staff Photo Contest | September | Silvia Izquierdo, Mauro Pimentel, Leo Correa and Felipe Dana in Sports Photography for “Paralympics.”

2017 | Third Place Sports Individual| | Pictures of the Year Latam (POY Latam)

Past Contributors

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Editors

Yinka Adeparusi

“The splattered wryness on the face of that little poor child, reporting corruption could translate to eliminating such expression.”

Yinka Adeparusi

Nigerian Government Aims to Undo Booming Rice Smuggling Market

A tax increase on rice imported into Nigeria resulted in a massive surge in regional smuggling, thanks to Nigeria’s notoriously porous borders.

Yinka Adeparusi is an international award-winning photojournalist with National Mirror newspaper in Lagos, one of the most widely read newpapers in Nigeria. Before joining National Mirror, he has interned with The Punch and NewAge newspapers as a reporter and photojournalist.

A graduate of Lagos State University School of Communication where he bagged double honours in Photojournalism and Cinematography, he is a multiple award winner whose works expose the ills of his immediate environment and society at large, with a special lens for recording the ‘why’ frames. His work centers majorly around human rights abuse and social exclusion, and with special attention on the rights of children.

Andrea Arzaba

Corruption is always a choice. As a journalist, I have decided to fight it and work towards honesty, freedom and justice.

Andrea Arzaba

Controversy Surrounds Mexico’s Famed Street Food Culture

On city streets in Mexico’s largest cities, an esteemed culinary heritage is up against another deeply ingrained, yet less auspicious, tradition: corruption.

Mexico

Andrea Arzaba is a Mexican journalist and an international media consultant. She has covered gender, travel and climate change as an independent journalist. Her work has been published in National Geographic, Animal Politico, Global Voices Online, among other media outlets. She holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University.

Yolaan Begbie

“As a responsible citizen, fighting corruption is about the little things – like saying no to policeman wanting you to slip him a few notes so that you won’t get a traffic fine. As a journalist, it’s about holding those in power accountable, and giving a voice to those who suffer because of corrupt behaviour.”

Yolaan Begbie

Controversy Surrounds Permits to South African Fishermen

After unprecedented numbers of fishermen were left jobless following the country’s recent permitting process, some are blaming a lack of transparency and possible corruption.

Sub-Editor, "Trafficking"

Yolaan Begbie is a South African journalist currently based in Dubai, UAE. She is the Founder of San Media, a production company that produces Africa-focused multi-media content, and currently holds the position of Senior Editor at Africa.com.

Prior to completing her masters at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2012, she worked as an on-air reporter for eNCA, South Africa’s first 24-hour news channel.

Yolaan holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Film and Media Studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree in Journalism from Stellenbosch University. She is also a CNN Journalism Fellow (CJF).

For this project she returned to her hometown of Cape Town to report on the impact of the country’s recent fishing permit allocation on the local fishing communities.

Rajneesh Bhandari

Corruption is like a virus in developing countries and it’s spreading rapidly. Whether it’s individual or grand corruption, it will unlimitedly affect the people. That’s why I report on corruption to make people aware what’s happening under the table.

Rajneesh Bhandari

Food Shortage in Shangri-La

Nepal, in partnership with the Japanese government, has attempted to reduce the effects of a food shortage by distributing subsidized rice. Yet, these efforts haven’t done enough, and many blame the shortfall on a common culprit: corruption.

Data Editor, "Spoiled"; Web Producer, "Trafficking"

Rajneesh Bhandari is an independent multimedia journalist based in Nepal with nine years of journalism experience. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Yahoo News, AFP, Asia Calling, IPSTV, Headlines Today, Film@11 and Kantipur Television. He has also contributed to PBS, BBC and other local and regional media outlets.

He has also worked as the Multimedia Editor of European Journalism Center’s ThinkBrigade.org, an international online website with reporters in countries around the world. In June 2012 he produced Living with Autism, probably the first iPad Book from Nepal. He was awarded Kantipur Television’s Journalist of the Year 2011 for his investigative stories.

He has a Masters degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Tribhuwan University, Nepal and post-graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from Konrad Adenauer Asian College of Journalism, Philippines.

He is the co-ordinator of Media Gufa, an experiential event where journalists report news stories using social media, isolated in a room for 72 hrs and manages ruraltvnepal.com, a website that promotes rural storytelling.

Kait Bolongaro

Kait Bolongaro

Kait Bolongaro is a freelance reporter currently based in Europe. A journalist for the past six years, her work has been published by Al-Jazeera English, BBC, The Guardian, NPR, VICE and the Middle East Eye. She covers politics, science, business, human rights and the environment from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. In 2016, her coverage of Down Syndrome received an award for science reporting from the World Health Summit and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Kait was also a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation reporting on politics and civic engagement in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Maria Paula Brito

I fight corruption to give those affected by it a voice, to empower the powerless.

Maria Paula Brito

Controversy Surrounds Mexico’s Famed Street Food Culture

On city streets in Mexico’s largest cities, an esteemed culinary heritage is up against another deeply ingrained, yet less auspicious, tradition: corruption.

Sub-Editor, "Trafficking" (2016)

Paula is a Peruvian journalist passionate about human rights and investigative journalism. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science in Peru and obtained a master’s in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. Driven to cover corruption, human rights violations, religious conflicts and ethnic disputes Paula’s next journalism endeavor will take her to Cambodia where she will be reporting for the Cambodia Daily.

Paula has published articles related to the environmental impact of the extractive industry, indigenous rights and social conflicts in Peru, she has worked with CONNECTAS an investigative journalism initiative in the Americas, at the Peruvian Press Council delving into issues of media ethics, and most recently at NPR’s D.C. headquarters where she built skills in radio production that she’ll take with her to South East Asia.

Domas Burkausas

Corruption is a shortest way to the downfall of a community, country and the whole world.

Domas Burkausas

Safety of Food in Vilnius Kindergartens Questioned

More than a year after kindergarten students were sickened from school food, parents say low quality products and those with misleading labels continue to enter Vilnius kindergartens.

Domas is a Lithuanian journalist, media project manager and university tutor, based in Vilnius. Domas as been working in various TV projects for more than 10 years, mainly focusing on social and economical issues.

Stephanie Burnett

“Systems built on corruption flourish because of complexity and apathy. It is the job of journalists to pull away the layers of complexity so the victims of corruption have the knowledge and confidence to demand more for their communities.”

Stephanie Burnett

In China, Suspected School Food Poisoning Case Swept Under the Rug

In northern China’s remote Anding District, 244 students simultaneously fell ill last year after eating a school breakfast. Officials say the children made it up.

Budget Director, "Spoiled"

Stephanie is an American multimedia journalist based in Hong Kong, currently producing videos and writing for TIME.com. She was previously Country Profiles Editor for Transparency International in Berlin. Stephanie has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

Jimmy Chalk

Good, uncorrupt governance unlocks the power of policy, legislation and the infinitely creative human spirit.

Jimmy Chalk

Court Battles Seek to Settle Amazon Land Questions

In Brazil’s fertile Amazon region, a movement of landless farmers is struggling against a powerful agricultural giant accused of corruption, unafraid to use deadly force.

Co-Editor-in-Chief & Multimedia Editor, "Spoiled"

Jimmy Chalk is a visual journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, ESPN, CBSNews, GlobalPost and Al-Jazeera and is a founding member of the New York City arts collective and production company Nomadique.

Anna Therese Day

Corruption thrives in climates of impunity. As journalists, we have the opportunity and responsibility to shine a light on corruption — undoubtedly the first step in chipping away at that impunity and helping our communities hold power responsible.

Anna Therese Day

Freedom, Dignity and Bread: Corruption & Poverty in Revolutionary Egypt

Corruption in Egypt’s bread supply contributed to the historic ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Yet, with limited reforms enacted since then, the pervasive corruption in Egypt’s wheat market continues to create instability in the country.

Anna Therese Day is an award-winning independent journalist and social media researcher. She is a 2013 Fulbright Fellow, a 2012 UN Press Fellow, and was named one of Google Zeitgeist’s top 30 Great Young Minds of Our Time in 2011. The Shorty Awards for Social Media recognized her as one of the Top 10 journalists of the Year at their 2013 and 2014 awards.

On the ground in Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, India, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, the Palestinian Territories, Syria, South Sudan, and Turkey, her coverage focuses on American foreign policy, women’s issues, and youth organizing. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera English, CBS, and numerous print outlets, translated into Arabic, English, Hebrew, and Spanish. Day is a founding board member of The Frontline Freelance Register, a representative body for freelance conflict journalists organized by freelance conflict journalists.

Ryan Hicks

Reporting on corruption is critical so that citizens can hold people in positions of power to account.

Ryan Hicks

Farm-to-Fork Transparency: A Global Report Card

A ranking of 21 OECD countries reveals how well they can trace food in times of crisis.

Currently reporting for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) out of Winnipeg, Canada, Ryan is a cutting-edge storyteller who reports across all platforms (television, radio, digital, and social media).

His passion lies in telling original stories, breaking news, and going wherever they take him. He’s reported from around the world and across Canada. He was also a producer for Canada’s most-watched political television program, CBC’s Power and Politics with Evan Solomon. He is as comfortable reporting from a major, international city, as he is from a fishing boat off the shores of Atlantic Canada. Whether it is in Rwanda’s sprawling backcountry, the center of Rio de Janeiro, or the potato drills of Prince Edward Island, Ryan focuses on the heart of stories and telling them in innovative and creative ways.

Virginie Nguyen Hoang

Une histoire de passion, de motivation et de rencontres. Un début, un apprentissage mais aussi une voie choisie.

Virginie Nguyen Hoang

Freedom, Dignity and Bread: Corruption & Poverty in Revolutionary Egypt

Corruption in Egypt’s bread supply contributed to the historic ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Yet, with limited reforms enacted since then, the pervasive corruption in Egypt’s wheat market continues to create instability in the country.

Photo Editor

Graduated in Journalism at IHECS (Institute of High Studies of Social Communications in Brussels), I’ve also attended a semester at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in order to accurate my formation in the field of photojournalism.

I am based in Cairo and currently a contributor for the studio HansLucas and contributor for Agence France Presse (AFP)

Since August 2011, Frederic Pauwels, Gaëtan Nerincx and I have created the Collective HUMA that emphasizes social issues and puts forward a humanist photography.

Ghazala Irshad

Ghazala Irshad

Egypt’s Young Preservationists Shut Out by Old Guard

How Egypt’s best hopes for the future of its national treasures are shut out by the old guard

Ghazala Irshad is a multimedia journalist focused on diversity, women’s rights, refugees, Muslims, and the Middle East. She is also a social media strategist with experience in the advertising and public relations industries. Ghazala has eaten and Instagrammed her way around the world with the UAE-produced travel show Peeta Planet. She also tweeted the Arab Spring from Egypt, and taught photography and English to refugees from around the world, including Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Gawker, Roads & Kingdoms, and more.

Piero Locatelli

Corruption is the worst and most visible face of the destructive influence that corporations can have in public institutions.

Piero Locatelli

Court Battles Seek to Settle Amazon Land Questions

In Brazil’s fertile Amazon region, a movement of landless farmers is struggling against a powerful agricultural giant accused of corruption, unafraid to use deadly force.

Brazil

Piero Locatelli works since 2012 as a reporter in one of Brazil’s foremost magazines, CartaCapital. He studied journalism at Universidade de São Paulo and has been covering politics since 2008, working in two of the biggest Brazilian news websites: iG and UOL. He also reported based in China, where he studied for 6 months. Last year, he wrote a book about the Brazilian protests in Brazil, #VemPraRua.

Brandy Miller

Brandy Miller

Brandy Miller is a freelance journalist, photographer and editor based in Brussels, Belgium. A native of California, Brandy studied International Relations and German Studies at Lewis & Clark College and the University of Munich. She is a Fulbright Scholar Alumnus, focusing on transatlantic relations, linguistic diversity and social inclusion policy.

Wandiswa Ntengento

Wandiswa Ntengento

Corruption and Poaching: The Tusk at Hand

Poachers' sophisticated network drives trafficking of ivory and horns through East Africa

Wandiswa Ntengento is a South African journalist reporting on politics, crime and business. Ntengento spend six months working at the BBC’s Johannesburg bureau and previously worked as a freelancer for various online publications. She currently works at African News Agency as a reporter. She is a 2015 alumni for two Thomson Reuters Foundation courses and a 2015 fellow for the International Women’s Media Foundation. Ntengento was a candidate for a media dialogue on multilateral trade in Southern Africa organized by the World Trade Organization and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. She is currently a candidate for the 2016 Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa program on financial journalism.

Andrew Ochieng

Andrew Ochieng

Corruption and Poaching: The Tusk at Hand

Poachers' sophisticated network drives trafficking of ivory and horns through East Africa

Andrew Ochieng is a 30-year-old journalist at East Africa’s largest media house, Nation Media Group, and reports for NTV-Kenya, where he likes to focus on features and environmental stories. He started out as a trainee reporter at Kenya’s Citizen TV in 2009. Andrew studied journalism at the United States International University-Africa. He has covered stories on elections, politics, corruption, health, wildlife and climate change. Ochieng was a finalist for the 2014 Thomson Foundation Young Journalist from the Developing World Free Press Association award.

Bolanle Omisore

Corruption kills the growth and the spirit of our world and our people, so those of us who can fight it, must.

Bolanle Omisore

Nigerian Government Aims to Undo Booming Rice Smuggling Market

A tax increase on rice imported into Nigeria resulted in a massive surge in regional smuggling, thanks to Nigeria’s notoriously porous borders.

Bolanle Omisore is a Lagos, Nigeria based journalist and has contributed to a number of publications from National Geographic.com to The Africapitalist magazine to NPR. She covers international energy and business news from the African continent. She is also a 2013 McCloy Fellow, and a 2011 International Reporting Fellow for the International Center for Journalists. Before attending graduate journalism school at New York University, she worked with both The New York Times and ABC News. A native of Tampa, Florida, she is a graduate of Howard University.

Jessica Weiss

All humans deserve to live in a just, fair society and to have faith in the institutions and people in power.

Jessica Weiss

"Spoiled" Executive Print Editor

Jessica Weiss is a bilingual independent writer and journalist based in Miami, Florida. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Associated Press and Fast Company Magazine. She is a frequent contributor to the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet), where she provides international journalists with tips and tools to report effectively. She is a 2011 graduate of Georgetown University’s Masters Program in Journalism, where she focused on multimedia storytelling and narrative nonfiction.