Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism

Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism is Africa’s first journalistic investigation unit focusing on environmental issues. Established in 2012, with only 2 staff members, the center combines traditional investigative reporting with data analysis and geo-mapping tools to expose eco-offences and track organised criminal syndicates. Oxpeckers covers stories from across southern Africa and other regions, with high-profile stories on illegal wildlife trafficking and the effects of climate change. Mining, water, and pollution form other key subject areas. As a data-driven journalism organization, accessibility of raw data is key to Oxpeckers’ work. It often makes the data tied to its reporting publicly available.