Eighteen journalists from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia will participate in investigative reporting collaboratives overseen by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) and the University of South Carolina (USC). The selected reporters will work on investigative projects in their home countries for publication in various print, digital, and broadcast news outlets between now and October.
NECIR’s Executive Director Joe Bergantino and reporter Brooke Williams, along with Randy Covington, the director of Newsplex at the University of South Carolina and Charles Bierbaur, Dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at USC, were in the Baltics in late April and early May providing investigative reporting training for 130 reporters from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The training and the collaboratives are being funded by a grant to USC from the US State Department.
Of the of journalists that trained with the NECIR-USC team, the following were chosen as members of the reporting collaboratives:
The reporters will be directly overseen by managing editors in each country including Rytas Staselis and Darius Silas in Lithuania, Mart Raudsaar in Estonia and Anda Rozukaine in Latvia.
In addition to working on investigative projects, the selected journalists will travel to the United States in June and attend the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference in New Orleans in the company of NECIR’s Brooke Williams and Newsplex Director Randy Covington. They will receive additional training at NECIR during the week of June 20th.
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting is an independent nonprofit news outlet. Its mission is to hold the powerful accountable with high-impact reporting in the public interest (The Eye), and to train a new generation of investigative journalists (Student Programs).