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E223 - The power of investigative journalism with Fabio Teixeira, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Updated: Dec 12, 2022

In this episode, we speak with Fabio Teixeira, Brazilian correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation who have just launched a new podcast called Just Transition. Fabio has a strong background in investigative journalism and has some great insights into how he delves deep to find stories that stick in our minds. we discuss the unwritten rules of journalism and how non-profits can best work with journalists to expose issues or highlight their work.

1. Just Transition: Exposing Brazil's Ethanol Industry

The International Labour Organisation describes 'Just Transition' as greening the economy in a way that is as fair and inclusive as possible to everyone concerned, creating decent work opportunities and leaving no one behind.

Fabio's latest investigation is into the sugar cane industry in Brazil, which is used to create ethanol for clean energy. But behind this rose tinted industry are workers who are living in slave-like conditions. They cut sugar canes all day, in the hot sun with out basic protection. Some have even died whilst working due to exhaustion.

Fabio talks us through his process from getting this story, to navigating the obstacles in his way and how he liaised with workers to get their stories but keep them anonymous.

2. How can non profits harness the power of investigative journalism?

Fabio gives us his tips for working with investigative journalists, including how to stay open minded about what they may uncover and why you must be prepared to not have full control of the story. He says that charities are at an advantage as they can 'play by different rules' than usual news outlets.

Listen to Just Transition here:

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We hope you enjoy this week’s episode.

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