The Collective

We Report was founded by five independent journalists based in France, Germany and Switzerland. Altogether, we decided to share our ideas, competences and networks. After several meetings, joint international multimedia projects came up and are coming up until today.

INTERNATIONAL. During our journalistic trips abroad we learned about the importance of networking. The exchange with foreign journalists is as important for us as the work as a fixer for international counterparts. In Geneva, Athens or Sofia, collaborators joined We Report. Together, we are making investigative stories and reports which are passing borders.

MULTIMEDIA. We are open to new types of storytelling and to new tools from the web revolution. In words, sounds, images, merging the competences of our collectif, we create in-depth investigations, long reports and multimedia footage.

TOGETHER. The concept of a collective seems an evidence for us as freelance journalists. As a joint force avec all our comptences and specialization, we want to face together the profound changes in the media sector. For us, the media’s struggle for survival is a chance for innovation and opportunities. We know that the journalism flame only keeps burning with the help of some fresh air.





Daphné Gastaldi, multimedia journalist. After having worked in West Africa and Oceania, she is based in Lyon today. Daphné covers international issues as well as social, political and cultural issues. 

Collaborations: Radio France Internationale, Mediapart, Médiacités, Premières Lignes, RTS, Irin news, Slate, Lyon Capitale, La Première (France Télévisions), Radio France (Le Mouv’, France Inter) RTVC (Benin),  Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes. 

Awards: With  Mathieu Martiniere and Alberto Campi, scholarship « DevReporter 2015 », for the work about the Roma community in Lyon, Romania and Slovakia. Together with the journalist Leïla Beratto, she get the second award of « P.I.E.E.D 2011 » for a series of multimedia papers in Togo and Benin

Contacts: Email: daphne [@] //  Twitter: @daphnegastaldi  //  LinkedIn:


LT147991Mathieu Martiniere, print, web and radio journalist. Based in Lyon, he has been working as a freelancer from 2011. He is especially specialized about immigration, extremism and social issues.

Collaborations: Slate, Mediapart, Libération, RFI, La Tribune de Genève, Die Zeit, IRIN News, Les Inrockuptibles, Lyon Capitale, Rue89Lyon, La Cité, Lien Social.

Awards: together with Robert Schmidt, scholarship « Netzwerk Recherche 2014 » of the German Federation of investigative journalists, about their work on the tobacco industry. With Daphné Gastaldi and Alberto Campi, scholarship « DevReporter 2015 », for the work about the Roma community in Lyon, Romania and Slovakia.

Contacts: Email: mathieu [@] // Twitter: @Mat_Marty


Maïté DarnaMadult, print and online journalist. After ten years in Paris (including seven years working for Le Monde), an episode in New Caledonia and journalistic trips abroad, Maïté Darnault, graduate of the CUEJ, the journalism school of Strasbourg, is currently based in Rhône-Alpes but movable all over the world. Reporter, investigator, storyteller about national and international subjects with a specialization on social issues. Teacher for journalism training. Reporting and fixing for English-speaking press on hard news in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes area.

Collaborations: Libération (correspondant in Lyon), Les Jours, Médiacités, Acteurs de l’économie, Vivre à Grenoble, La Cité.

Contacts: Email: maite [@] Périsse, radio, print and web journalist. Mathieu has been working as a journalist since 2014, mainly for radio stations. As a constant freelancer for France Culture he makes since autumn 2015 reportages as well as documentaries for the Swiss Televison. In addition to that he also work for the print press whilst investigating abroad (Afghanistan, Belarus, Cyprus, Burkina Faso) or in France.

Collaborations: France Culture, RTS La Première, Mediapart,, Society, So Foot, Terra Eco, Rue89Lyon, RCF, Les Inrocks.

Contacts: Email: mathieup [@] // Twitter: @mathieuperisse



robert-schmidt-1hd-ltangre2014Robert Schmidt, print and online journalist. Born in Leipzig (Saxony, Germany), Robert Schmidt is, after a long stay in Lyon and a two years long in-house training at the German newspaper Saarbrücker Zeitung, he is now based in Strasbourg at the « invisible » border in between of Germany and France. He mainly works about France, Europe, the Youth, right-wing extremism and cross border issues for National media from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg and France.

Collaborations: DIE ZEIT, Spiegel Online, FAZ, NZZ, ARTE, Der Standard, dpa, Mediapart, La Cité, Lyon Capitale.

Awards: EU Journalism Followship in 2012; together with Mathieu Martiniere, scholarship « Netzwerk Recherche 2015 » of the German Federation of investigative journalists, about his work on the tobacco industry.

Contacts: Email: robert [@] // Twitter: @dergrenzgaenger // LinkedIn:



AlbertoCampiquadratoAlberto Campi, photojournalist. Practicing “slow journalism”, Alberto Campi has been independent from 2007. Born Italian, migrant by destiny, he is member of the finish agency Leuku.

Collaborations: La Cité, Il Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, IRIN News, La Tribune de Genève,, Il Fotografo, Witness Journal, Capital, Vivre Ensemble, Department of geography and environment of the University of Geneva.

Awards: Winner of Swiss Photo Award 2012, category “Reportage”, for his work about immigration in Greece, “Beyond Evros Wall”. Grant DevReporter 2015, with Mathieu Martiniere and Daphné Gastaldi, for a series of reportage about Roma people in Romania and Slovakia.

Contacts: Email: alberto [@] // Twitter: @AlbeCampiPhoto //  Personal website:



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Federico Franchini, print journalist. Federico is based à Lugano, the Italian part of Switzerland, he works on the role of Switzerland as a hub in the international world trade, legal and illegal. Half independent, he works the rest of his time for the work union magazin Area.

Prix: Zurcher Journalistenpreis 2016 for a collaboration with Hannes Grassegger and Daniel Puntas Bernet about the dirty Congo gold and the role of a a Swiss refinery.

Collaborations: Area, La Cité, L’Espresso, Il Caffé, Reportagen, Mediapart.

Contacts: federico [@] // Twitter: @ffranchini83






photo pierePierre Gouyou Beauchamps, journalist and photographer. Based in Lyon, independent since 2007, Pierre works about societal topics as well as on big reports for publications on travelling.

Collaborations: Libération, L’Humanité, Terre sauvage, Alpes magazine, Journal du WWF.

Contact: Twitter : @pgouyou // Personal website:





Isabelle Monnin, journalist and book writer. For 17 years, Isabelle worked as a grand reporter for « L’Obs » where she was covering big court stories, mainly focusssing on hidden cases, forgotten by other journalists. Today, Isabelle is not in journalism any longer, but acts as a book writer. That’s how she manages to really live her passion: Keeping track of the traces of life, fighting against one day scoops and simplicity. For her, real beauty is hidden in the details.






Drew Sullivan, Journalist. The US-American journalist Journalist Drew Sullivan, based in Sarajevo/Bosnia is co-founder of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a network of investigative journalists at the Balcans, Eastern Europe and Asia. Sullivan is also member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ICIJ) know for the « Offshore Leaks ».







Philippe Rekacewicz, aka « Reka »,  cartographer, geographer and journalist. After having worked for several years for « Le Monde diplomatique » on a regular basis, Rekacewicz definitely quits the journal in 2014. From 2006, he also contributes to Art projects all over Europe. Together with Philippe Rivière Rekacewicz the website







Fabio Lo Verso,  journalist, editor. Former correspondent of the newspaper Tribune de Genève, ex editor in chief of the newspaper Courrier, in 2010 Lo Verso founded La Cité, an undependent newspaper financed by its readership which he directed untill 2013 as editor-in-chief. Lo Verso is also member in the Council of the foundation Stiftung Qualität in den Medien in Zurich.








Photo NikolayNikolay Staykov, journalist. Editor in chief of the bulgarian economy journal « Capital » untill 2007, Nikolay defines himself today as a « journalist citizen ». He coordinates the team behind the platform, a website created from citizens after the riots against the bulgarian gouvernment in june 2013.

Collaborations: His investigations, especially about corruption in Bulgaria, have been retaken by the following media: The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, New York Times, Financial Times, Reuters, Euronews, ARD, ARTE et Slate.



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