Netzwerk Recherche

Netzwerk Recherche is the German association of investigative journalists.

About the network

Netzwerk Recherche strengthens all those who do journalistic research. A vibrant democracy needs critical reporting that provides background information and exposes grievances. That’s why it defends freedom of the press as the foundation of an informed and responsible society.

Netzwerk Recherche teaches the necessary skills for research using classic and innovative methods, supports courageous projects with scholarships and with conferences, it promotes collegial exchange, knowledge transfer and critical examination of one’s own work. Netzwerk Recherche connects journalists in Germany, Europe and the world.

The team shows what is possible – and what should be possible.

Netzwerk Recherche is primarily active in the following areas:

  • Freedom of the press
  • Rights to information and freedom of information
  • Security for journalists
  • Teaching the craft of research
  • Non-profit journalism
  • Data journalism

Network projects

With more than 900 participants, NR’s annual conference is the largest and most important conference for journalistic practice in Germany.



Network details

Size: 100+ members
Founded: 2001
Geographical focus: National
Type of members: Freelancers, Staff journalists
Legal entity: Yes
Open to new members: Yes


  • Climate
  • Health
  • Migration
  • Organized crime
  • Politics / policy / democracy
  • Social issues


  • Germany


  • Community outreach / audience development
  • Data analysis / vizualisation
  • Event organisation
  • Investigative journalism
  • Training

Support/join our network

  • Collaborate on editorial projects
  • Collaborate on grant applications
  • Exchange know-how/trainings
  • Join as new members

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.