Who we are
CORRECTIV is the first non-profit newsroom for investigative journalism in the German-speaking region. Since July 2014, we have been working to promote our vision of a better society. Democratic processes are being undermined both in Germany and around the world by the abuse of power, polarization and corruption. With investigative journalism, participation opportunities and educational formats, we want to strengthen an open civil society.
Our editorial team investigates structural injustices and exposes unethical behavior without any political or economic agenda of our own. Our journalists take a long-term approach to issues, carrying out investigations in the public interest with accuracy and perseverance.
CORRECTIV consists of a team of 40 people. We are based in Essen and have an editorial office in Berlin. In our investigations, we cooperate with local and international partners. CORRECTIV’s work is controlled by a board of trustees, a supervisory board and an ethics council.
At a time when our public and private debates are being increasingly polarized by populist rhetoric, citizens are learning to value good journalism as a watchdog of democracy. In an interconnected society as ours, we feel this development not only in our own countries, but also globally. CORRECTIV’s independent non-profit journalism has a special role to play here.
We not only investigate and report in-depth, but also initiate change for a better society. To this end, we work with local and international media partners.
Journalism with its role as a guardian and educator can and should inform, empower and encourage citizens and drive civic participation. We believe that challenges to society can be solved in a democratic way with well-researched information, transparency and factual accuracy.
As the first non-profit newsroom of investigative journalism in Germany, we began our work in July 2014. Initial funding from the Brost Foundation for the first three years allowed us to develop and implement our vision.
Since then, we have achieved a lot. We have published investigative articles that uncovered among other things European tax theft, illegal party donations and a lack of transparency in the rental market; hosted events at which tens of thousands of people exchanged ideas; won lawsuits that lastingly strengthen freedom of press and civil rights, and established educational programs that promote media literacy.
CORRECTIV is vivid and constantly evolving. This willingness to change will continue to set us apart. We want to find new ideas and approaches for involving citizens in the journalism of tomorrow – and ultimately, how journalism can have a concrete impact for citizens.
In our opinion, everyone has a right to independent, freely accessible high-quality information. Funding through donations from citizens grants us independence from quotas, advertisements or shareholder influences. This allows us to make our content freely available to everyone.
Newspapers and editorial offices around the world are shutting down due to a lack of money and advertising customers. Even in times of crisis, when journalism is the most important source of information, jobs are being cut. To meet these challenges, various new models in journalism have emerged in recent years.
For a few years now, journalistic organizations like CORRECTIV that are not profit-oriented but focused on the common good instead have been developing around the world. This is now more easily achievable than ever before, and the digital world offers new opportunities in this regard. All our investigations, background articles and fact checks are therefore freely available – without paywalls, advertisements or data sales. Citizens can also participate in numerous educational activities and events free of charge.