The collective

The collective2018-12-31T07:21:47+01:00

The collective

There are several factors that led to the creation of We Report in 2014. Firstly, we discovered the need to share the skills amongst independent journalists from several European countries. Secondly, we wanted to cover international subjects for multimedia. And above all, we wanted to spend more time on self-initiative journalism, field work and investigation.

For several years, we’ve collaborating for several European media outlets such as Mediapart, ARTE, Libération, RFI, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, L’Espresso, la RTS, La Cité, Les Jours and La Tribune de Genève.

Together, we’ve been launching in-depth media research as well as in France as on an international level. We investigated on Interpol, the Petrobas scandal, the Nestlé Vittel scandal, Europe’s far right, toxic waste, the tobacco industry, nepotism amongst local politicians or several cases of pedophilia in the French catholic church.

In South-East Turky, we’ve be travelling with Armenians, one decade after the genocide. From Greece to Serbia, via Kosovo and Macedonia, we covered the arrival of migrants in Europa via the Balkan trail. In Slovakia and Romania, we shed light on the segregation on Roma people.

Our joint investigations have been winning awards and prestigious grants in France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy.

The members

Daphné Gastaldi
Daphné GastaldiMultimedia journalist
Based in Lyon, France
Specialized in society, politics and cultural topics, she works in France and abroad.
She is an expert in long-formats and investigations and she works in radio and for print and web media. She is also teacher in journalism schools and she organizes many workshops about the radio and the media literacy.

Collaborations: Mediapart, Libération, Radio France Internationale, Premières Lignes (Cash investigation), La Cité, RTS, Irin News, Slate, Lyon Capitale/Le lanceur, RCF, France Télévisions.

Works: «Eglise, la mécanique du silence» (with Mathieu Martiniere, Mathieu Périsse, JC Lattès, 2017); «Génocide arménien, en quête de mémoire» (with Pierre Gouyou Beauchamps, Mathieu Martiniere, Golias, 2015).

Documentaries: Cash Investigation contributor, «Eglise, le poids du silence» (Premières Lignes, France 2, 2017) awarded with the Prix Europa 2017.

Awards: Prix international DevReporter 2016, with Mathieu Martiniere and Alberto Campi, for the reports about Roma people in France, Romania and Slovakia. Silver award of P.I.E.E.D 2011 for the multimedia reports multimedia in Benin and Togo, with Leïla Beratto.

Mathieu Martiniere
Mathieu MartiniereMultimedia journalist
Based in Lyon, France
He works on investigative stories for French and European media. He is also teacher in journalism schools and he organize many workshops about media literacy and investigative journalism.

Collaborations: Mediapart, La Cité, Les Jours, Mediacités, La Tribune de Genève, Libération, RFI, Premières Lignes (Cash Investigation), Slate, Les Inrocks, Irin News, Die Zeit, Lyon Capitale, Rue89Lyon…

Works: «Eglise, la mécanique du silence» (with Daphné Gastaldi, Mathieu Périsse, JC Lattès, 2017); «Génocide arménien, enquête de mémoire» (with Pierre Gouyou Beauchamps, Daphné Gastaldi, Golias, 2015).

Documentaries: «Interpol – Who Controls the World Police?» (with Robert Schmidt and Samuel Lajus, Arte Cocottes Minute Production, 2018); contributor to French «Cash Investigation», «Eglise, le poids du silence» (Premières Lignes, France 2, 2017) awarded with the Prix Europa 2017.

Awards: Prix international DevReporter 2016, with Alberto Campi and Daphné Gastaldi for the reports about Roma people in France, Romania and Slovakia. Prix Albert Londre 2017 finalist. Several European grants for his collaboration with Robert Schmidt.

Robert Schmidt
Robert SchmidtJournalist
Based in Strasbourg, France.
Born in Leipzig (Saxony, Germany), Robert Schmidt passed four years in Lyon and a two years long in-house training at the German newspaper Saarbrücker Zeitung. Today, he is based in Strasbourg at the «invisible» border in between of Germany and France. He mainly works about France, the EU, political conflicts of interest, right-wing extremism and every day cross border issues for National media from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and France.

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

Documentaries: «Interpol – Who Controls the World Police?» (with Mathieu Martiniere and Samuel Lajus, Arte Cocottes Minute Production, 2018)

Awards: EU Journalism Fellowship in 2012, Netzwerk Recherche 2015 grant from the German federation of investigative journalism, with Mathieu Martiniere, for their work on Tobacco industry. EJ4EU grant for a team work on the financial abuse of the European far right on the EU budget. Reporters in the field grant of the Robert Bosch Foundation, with Mathieu Martiniere.

Maïté Darnault
Maïté DarnaultJournalist
Based in Lyon, France
fter 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 (correspondent in Lyon), Les Jours, Médiacités, Acteurs de l’économie, Vivre à Grenoble, La Cité…

Alberto Campi
Alberto CampiPhotojournalist
Based between Geneva, Switzerland and Grenoble, France
Adept of «slow journalism», he has been freelance since 2007. Italian by birth, migrant by vocation. He worked a lot in the Alps and in the Balkan region.
Correspondent for the Swiss monthly magazine La Cité.
He organises different kind of workshops about photographic language, participative photography, photojournalism and media literacy.
He collaborates with the department of geography and environment of the university of Geneva and HETS (Geneva).

He published on: La Cité, Mediacités, Mediapart, Irin News, La Tribune de Genève, Il Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, Internazionale,, Il Fotografo, Witness Journal, Capital, Vivre Ensemble…

Awards: World Report Award, «Single Shot» category, at the Ethical photography festival in Lodi (Italy), in 2017. Prix international DevReporter 2016, with Mathieu Martiniere and Daphné Gastaldi, for the reports about Roma people in France, Romania and Slovakia. First prize at the Swiss Photo Award 2012, «Reportage» category, for the report about migration in Greece «Beyond Evros Wall».

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Mathieu Périsse
Mathieu PérisseMultimedia journalist
Based in Lyon, France
He works on deep investigations and long reports for French and Swiss media. Specialised in radio reports he realized many sound documentaries in different countries: (Afghanistan, Belarus, Cyprus, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria,…).

Collaborations: Mediapart, France Culture, Radio Télévision Suisse,, Society, So Foot, Lyon Capitale, Mediacités, Acteurs de l’Economie, Terra Eco, Rue89Lyon, RCF, Les Inrocks…

Works: «Eglise, la mécanique du silence» (with Daphné Gastaldi and Mathieu Martiniere, JC Lattès, 2017)

Documentaries: Cash Investigation contributor, «Eglise, le poids du silence» (Premières Lignes, France 2, 2017) awarded with the Prix Europa 2017.

The contributors

Federico Franchini
Federico FranchiniJournaliste
Based in Lugano, Switzerland
He works on the legal and illegal role of Switzerland as a hub of the international world trade. Part-time freelance, he works union magazin Area and La Cité.

Collaborations: Area, La Cité, L’Espresso, Il Caffé, Reportagen, Mediapart, Gotham City…

Award: 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, in 2017 he got the Swiss Italian journalism award for his investigation about the BSI bank, published by Area and La Cité.

Pierre Gouyou Beauchamps
Pierre Gouyou BeauchampsJournaliste et photographe
Based in Lyon
Freelance 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.

Works: «Génocide arménien, en quête de mémoire» with Daphné Gastaldi, Mathieu Martiniere, Golias, 2015.

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The honorary members

Fabio Lo Verso
Fabio Lo VersoJournalist, editor in chief
Former correspondent at the Swiss parliament for the newspaper Tribune de Genève.
Former editor in chief of the newspaper Courrier. In 2010 Lo Verso founded La Cité, an independent newspaper financed by its readers. Lo Verso is also member in the Council of the foundation Stiftung Qualität in den Medien in Zurich.
Nikolay Staykov
Nikolay StaykovJournalist
Editor in chief of the Bulgarian economy journal « Capital » until 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 government in June 2013.

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

Isabelle Monnin
Isabelle MonninJournalist and writer
For 17 years, Isabelle worked as a grand reporter for «L’Obs» where she was covering big court stories, mainly focussing 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
Drew SullivanJournalist
US-American journalist based in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is a co-founder of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the network of investigative journalists focused on crime and corruption in eastern Europe and Asia. Drew Sullivan is also member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ICIJ) known for the «Offshore Leaks» and the «Panama Papers»
Philippe Rekacewicz
Philippe RekacewiczCartographer, geographer and journalist
Aka «Reka». Graduated in geography at the Sorbonne, he quickly became a permanent contributor of Le Monde diplomatique, that left definitely in 2014. From 1996 he heads the cartographic department of UNEP (GRID-Arendal) in Norway, which aims to assess and to map environmental problems in relation to human security issues. He worked on the the documentary « Voyage au centre de la carte », directed by V. Gauvin for France 5 in 2009. Interested in the relationship between cartography, art, science and politics, he leads various projects related to the « radical mapping » movement. With Philippe Rivière, he manages the site

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