The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Open Climate Reporting Initiative

The Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) is a new initiative from 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. OCRI will provide 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

Three regions have been identified for Year 1 (April 2022 to March 2023) of the project. They are Latin America (excluding Brazil), Anglophone Africa and Francophone Africa. Read more.


Published: 12 Sep 2022

Workshop on Reporting Climate Change Takes Place in Mexico City

From 31 August to 2 September 2022, 13 reporters and editors who cover environmental and/or climate change issues in Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America participated in a 3-day training workshop organised by Fundación Gabo.
Published: 09 Sep 2022

CONNECTAS concludes online workshop on how to investigate and tell climate change stories

The 3-day online workshop on how to investigate and tell stories about Climate Change ran from 6-8 September 2022, with more than 70 participants from 15 countries in Latin America on the first day alone.
Published: 16 Aug 2022

Apply now: Free training on how to investigate and tell stories about Climate Change by CONNECTAS

As part of the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) activities, one of CIJ's partners, CONNECTAS, is carrying out a free online workshop on how to investigate and tell stories about Climate Change.
Published: 16 Aug 2022

Participants from 11 countries for workshop on Climate Change Investigative Journalism announced

One of CIJ’s LATAM partners on the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI), Fundación Gabo, has announced the 14 journalists participating in the three-day workshop on ‘Investigative Journalism on Climate Change’, taking place from 31 August to 2 September 2022, in Mexico City.


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 Deputy Director (Development) of the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development.

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