The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Open Climate Reporting Initiative

The Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) is an initiative of the CIJ. It focuses on raising the standard of environmental investigations to enable thoroughly researched public interest reporting and evidence-based advocacy through training and skill-sharing with target audiences across six different regions between April 2022 and March 2024 for its first run. OCRI is providing the necessary tools, techniques and expertise to:

  • Investigate and expose wrongdoing
  • Research and quantify accurate pictures of the situation and the impact of other efforts
  • Craft meaningful stories which garner support for changes in policy, regulation or economic actors’ decisions

Following a successful pilot in Nepal, three regions were covered for Year 1 (April 2022 to March 2023) of the project. They are Latin America (excluding Brazil), Anglophone Africa and Francophone Africa.

Brazil (and Lusophone Africa), South Asia and North Africa/Middle East (MENA) have been identified as the regions for Year 2 (April 2023 to March 2024). Read more.


Published: 04 Sep 2023

Investigative climate journalism workshop held in Sudan

The Climate Voice Workshop in Algadarif State, Sudan, was successfully conducted by NasActive, attracting 15 selected participants from a competitive pool of 184 applicants across various states in Sudan.
Published: 22 Aug 2023

OCRI sessions at #CodaAmazônia 2023

5 different OCRI sessions will take place during the 2nd edition of the Regional Conference on Data Journalism and Digital Methods (Coda Amazônia) taking place between 31 August and 2 September in Belém and Salvaterra, in Pará Brazil.
Published: 03 Aug 2023

Training in 5 countries: Busy Summer for OCRI

OCRI partners across the 3 regions will have different forms of engagement in August as more journalists gain knowledge and skills to report climate change in their countries. First is the #PowerTracker module 2 by Oxpeckers that focuses on Storytelling with data for Mozambican journalists holding August 3 while following a successful call for applications, 20 selected Egyptian Journalists will participate in a 4-day workshop by ClimateInArabic from 17-20 August.
Published: 07 Jul 2023

Call for applications: Climate and Investigative Journalism Fellowship for Egyptian Journalists

ClimateInArabic in partnership with CIJ's Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI), is announcing the launch of its Climate and Investigative Journalism Fellowship for Egyptian journalists who write about climate change and environmental issues.


Adeolu Adekola – Project Manager

Adeolu joined the CIJ to manage its Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI). Through his decade-long experience in project management, information technology, accountability in governance, civic engagement and investigative journalism, Adeolu has successfully facilitated media training and investigative story projects covering a wide range of big issues from education to migration and health.

Irving Huerta – Regional Coordinator, Latin America

Irving Huerta is a journalist and an academic. He was the first CIJ and Forensic Architecture Gavin MacFadyen Investigative Fellow for the Project ‘Plataforma Ayotzinapa’ on the enforced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico in 2014.

Maxime Koami Domegni – Regional Coordinator, Francophone Africa

Based in Dakar Senegal, Maxime is the Francophone Africa Editor for the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). He is a journalist with years of experience in investigative journalism. Maxime has worked in, and collaborated with, a number of different media organisations, including the CIJ’s Francophone Africa Investigative Practice programme held in February 2022.

Akintunde Babatunde – Regional Coordinator, Anglophone Africa

Akintunde is a Programme Manager with extensive experience in international development, public policy, civic technology, climate change, and media innovation. He is currently the Director of Programs at the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development in west Africa.

Alice de Souza – Regional Coordinator, Brazil & Lusophone Africa

Alice is a Brazilian journalist with multiple national and international awards, including the Vladimir Herzog and One World Media. A researcher at the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji), she is also a freelance reporter, working with OSINT and digital investigations.

Lina Yassin – Regional Coordinator, Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

A Sudanese climate journalism and development consultant, Lina has experience working on climate change communications and journalism projects across the MENA region. She worked for 5 years as the operations Manager at Climate Tracker where she implemented a series of journalism fellowships and training on climate change and climate policy across different countries.

Arun Karki – Regional Coordinator, South Asia

Based in Nepal, Arun is a data journalist, trainer and Founder/Executive Director of the Center for Data Journalism Nepal (CDJN). He has been leading various data-driven journalism projects since 2020, including COVID-19 data reporting, climate investigations using open-source intelligence and data, and the use of data in public interest reporting.

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