Graeme Wood gifts $1.5m to journalists

Bec Fary / July 04, 2013 11:20 AM

An Australian journalist will be the first recipient of a new investigative journalism fellowship

The fellowship is the product of philanthropist and Wotif.com founder Graeme Wood’s latest major contribution to journalism.

Wood, who launched independent news project The Global Mail and brought The Guardian to Australia, has donated $1.5 million to The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The grant is the largest investment by an individual in the Consortium’s 15-year history.

Part of the investment will be used to launch a year-long Global Investigative Journalism Fellowship, beginning with an yet-to-be-named Australian fellow.

Wood said an additional move to make The Global Mail an institutional member of the ICIJ will be a major benefit for its journalists. 

“The institutional membership of ICIJ will accelerate The Global Mail’s move into major investigative journalism projects, a specialisation that is on the decline in traditional media organisations,” he said.

Wood has also become a board member for the Center for Public Integrity, which the ICIJ is part of.

The Center’s Executive Director Bill Buzenberg said in a statement:

“On behalf of The Centre for Public Integrity and the ICIJ, we are tremendously motivated by Mr Wood’s gift designed to strengthen our international collaborations with other investigative institutions.

“A new research desk, fellowship program, and above all more reporting capacity will fortify the ICIJ’s unique cross-border investigative work.” 

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