Investigative journalism in the V4

A conversation with Wojciech Cieśla from Fundacja Reporterów and Vsquare

24 April 2019

Tucked away in a leafy residential street of Warsaw, stands an unassuming detached house. The only name displayed on its intercom is that of a local IT firm.

However, it’s here, in a spacious mezzanine floor room, that some of the best reporters in Poland have launched two important projects focusing on investigative journalism: Fundacja Reporterów and Vsquare. The former was established in 2010 by a group of four Polish reporters: Paweł Reszka, Wojciech Cieśla, Michał Majewski, and Roman Daszczyński.

They all came from the busy newsrooms, Poland’s leading dailies and weeklies such as Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita and Newsweek Polska and have valued in-depth investigative journalism. Since then, Fundacja Reporterów has been providing training to investigative journalists and helping them to get grants.

Vsquare started in 2017 and is a platform publishing long, well-researched investigative journalism stories in English on Central Eastern Europe (CEE) focusing on the Visegrád region including Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is made by Polish, Hungarian, Czech, and Slovak reporters working for some of the best independent media outlets in their countries and often cooperating together on the same stories to give them a transnational perspective. Visegrad/Insight met Wojciech Cieśla, director and co-founder of Fundacja Reporterów, in Warsaw and spoke with him about both projects.

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Lorenzo Berardi

A freelance journalist haling from Italy and living in Poland. He covers Central Eastern Europe for Italian and international media outlets and publications. He co-founded and co-edits the Italian journalistic project Centrum Report focusing on the Visegrad region.

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