The independent global campaigning organisation Greenpeace has recruited a team of investigative journalists. The reporters will utilise technology such as satellite imaging to launch investigations.
Hitherto, the organisation’s chief investment in journalism has been the website Energy Desk, which was founded in 2012 by Damian Kahya and reports on energy and climate.
According to the Guardian, Meirion Jones, a former Newsnight and Panorama correspondent, is a consultant on the new development, which will be operated by journalists such as the aforementioned former BBC reporter Damian Kahya, as well as New York Times and Vice News reporter Lucy Jordan and investigative journalist Maeve McClenaghan. Team members will be supported by a network of freelancers, experts and researchers around the globe.
John Sauven, Greenpeace UK executive director, has spoken about the way in which investigative journalism will now be one of the three pillars of the organisation’s work, joining “direct action” and “mobilising public opinion”.
He said: “Those three areas are where our resources are going and where people are going,” adding: “We’re totally committed to that so that gives us a significant budget [for investigations], not just in terms of hiring people on permanent contracts here but getting freelancers.
“It shows our intent about how serious we are taking it. We’ve put some of our best people on it and we will give it all of the resources that are needed to make it work.”
In other news
As well as launching a team of investigative journalists, Greenpeace has a new film about its history and origins. The film, entitled “How to Change the World”, premiers on Wednesday 9th September and will be released on Friday 11th September.
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