The Global Reporting Centre is kicking off its year-end giving campaign today on Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving from the heart to causes you care about, like innovative journalism that empowers and informs the society it serves.
Our investigations are collaborative. We partner with journalists and media organizations, and bring researchers and universities into our newsroom to deepen our understanding of complex issues.
On the biggest annual day of giving, the GRC invites you to help us keep producing the kinds of cutting-edge, independent journalism that cannot be made without your support.
We are at a critical time in history when people are questioning not only who journalism is for, but who it is made by. Using an “empowerment journalism” approach we partnered with Indigenous Canadians to produce Turning Points, a documentary short series that tackles the subject of alcohol use. Now airing on PBS NewsHour, the series is raw and revealing, with residents of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, speaking openly about the cultural factors that both drew them into addiction and allowed them to map out routes to recovery. Your support will help us build more empowerment journalism projects and grow our list of storytellers to ensure that these types of diverse stories are heard.
The latest in the series:
We received a leak of 350,000 documents that illuminate the inner workings of a secretive, exclusive trust company that operated from the Isle of Jersey, a notorious British tax haven in the Channel Islands. The documents fed an international consortium of investigative journalists who coordinated the release of their findings. You can find those reports and the Jersey Offshore investigation here.
Support Ongoing Projects
Following the money: How we are paying for the plastics industry
Plastic is vital to saving lives in the intensive care unit, protecting frontline workers during the pandemic, and preserving food. It’s destructive when clogging the oceans, commanding massive public subsidies, and literally raining down on us. Through partnerships with local journalists, we are reporting on direct and indirect subsidies of the plastic industry — from upstream chemical and resin suppliers to plastic manufacturers and downstream recyclers. Your support will help us produce an in-depth work of data journalism that follows the trail of subsidies that are shaping the industry’s future.
As global economies grow, so do the rates of preventable diseases
Conditions like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, anxiety and depression are skyrocketing in countries that had previously seen few cases. These largely preventable illnesses are tied to changes in diet, physical activity, stress and social isolation – changes connected to global development and the disappearance of traditional ways of life across the globe. The Prosperity Dilemma will empower local journalists and medical specialists to study and explain the root of modern sicknesses. Reporters will draw on a mix of modern medicine, sociology and traditional knowledge to investigate what’s causing these diseases and what measures could be taken to prevent them.
Running Out of Sand: An investigation into sand mining
Sand is used in nearly every aspect of our modern lives – from computer chips to toothpastes, and even wines. But by far the highest demand for sand is for construction as we build city after city to accommodate the nearly 65 million people who move to cities every year. We consume nearly $50 billion tons of sand every year, twice as much as a decade ago. This makes sand the most extracted material in the world – well surpassing oil. This unprecedented demand is driving a ‘wild west’ lawlessness in many parts of Asia and Africa where sand is often mined and sold illegally. Licensing is often delegated to local authorities, environmental impact assessments are rare, the minimal regulations that do exist are routinely flouted. We will investigate the many illegal elements and hidden costs of sand mining and expose the reality, consequences and urgency for change.