Correctiv is the first non-profit investigative newsroom in the German-speaking world composed of renowned journalists and programmers. Some of them hold leading positions in regional and national media outlets. They are specialised in investigative journalism and have long been advocating more transparency in society and the media. The main figures are Correctiv’s CEO David Schraven and editor in chief Markus Grill. Another important figure is Christian Humborg, who was the CEO until 2016 and now works as an external counsel. In total, 16 people are working as editorial staff. Moreover, there is a board of directors and an ethics council.
Correctiv wants to be an answer to the current media crisis. They want to make investigative journalism and credible fact checking more easily available for the media in Germany. For this reason, Correctiv are not only performing investigation themselves but have initiated an education programme to pass on their methods of investigative journalism. This can help empower citizens to gain access to information and promote transparency. Correctiv research the threats and challenges our society faces, such as abuse of power and corruption in politics, business, sports and culture in various topics, e.g. the environment, education, health and social justice as well as right-wing and religious extremism. Currently, Correctiv have started talks with Facebook in order to evaluate whether a cooperation to check fake news on Facebook is possible and how it should be done.
Correctiv is financed exclusively through charitable endowments as well as donations from readers and users. In cooperation with various media, Correctiv share their investigations and stories with large and small newspapers and magazines as well as with radio and TV stations. Beyond that, they look for innovative ways to publish larger stories on the internet. With no print or circulation costs, Correctiv focus on content. Most of their funds go directly into extensive investigative research that many media outlets can no longer afford. Moreover, they have won several awards and gained a great deal of media attention in recent debates about fake news https://correctiv.org/