Our project fussballdoping.de is now a part of CORRECT!V, Germany’s first non-profit investigative reporting center.

Thanks to the support of CORRECT!V, the project will receive fresh wind and the time to pursue its own research. Fussballdoping.de is in it for the long run, our investigations could still take years. For this reason, the platform is a perfect fit for the non-profit structure of CORRECT!V – a project that isn’t looking to generate clicks and profits, but wants to uncover fundamental structural backgrounds and problems to change society for the better.

In the spring of 2012, only a few weeks before the EM in Poland and Ukraine, I founded this site as a blog-project for the investigative unit of the former WAZ media group to systematically research the abuse of doping substances and pain medication in soccer. I had the feeling that the traditional media wasn’t really reporting on the subject. A year later, the website was nominated for the Grimme Online Award. Since last summer, my friend and colleague Jonathan Sachse supports me.

Thanks to all readers, supporters and friends
During the past months and years, we’ve had so much fun doing what we’re doing. We continue to be amazed by the many responses and support from strangers we consistently receive. You have proven to us that the project is important, that it can and should continue with the help of our readers, users, and co-researchers. CORRECT!V is the perfect fit for this. Jonathan and I have been working here as full-time reporters since July. Now, fussballdoping.de is an official part as well. The Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung released our blog. We are now able run it officially with CORRECT!V.

CORRECT!V is Germany’s first non-profit investigative reporting center. The project is supported through large and small donations as well as membership fees. CORRECT!V doesn’t make profits. Instead, it invests every cent directly into investigative journalism. Members receive insight into our research, invitations to events or eBooks (here’s a list of all the advantages https://www.correctiv.org/warum-werde-ich-mitglied/). In addition, all donations for the project are tax deductible.

Support? Become a member of CORRECT!V
We from fussballdoping.de welcome each new member of CORRECT!V. The more of us, the stronger we become. Over the past couple of years, we’ve run fussballdoping.de on our own time and money. Now, those who want to support us can finally do so – by becoming a member of CORRECT!V.

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