Onderzoekscollectief Spit

Cooperative of eight freelance investigative journalists based in The Netherlands.

About the network

For freelancers, it’s hard to spend much time in investigative journalism. It requires a big investment of time, often partly unpaid, with an insecure outcome, and it also involves (legal) risks. Although there are start-ups focusing on investigative journalism, these jobs tend to be insecure. Therefore, in 2018 the two founders of Spit decided to start a cooperation in which freelancers are able to build a brand for investigative journalism owned by themselves.

The freelancers work from different parts of The Netherlands. Spit therefore doesn’t have an office. They publish their stories with partnering media outlets, and keep overhead costs as low as possible, so all income can be used to pay freelancers for the hours they work on investigative journalistic projects.

The legal entity is a cooperation, which makes it possible to apply for bigger grants than individual journalists usually can apply for. The cooperative has been growing from 2 to currently 8 members, which is for now the maximum. They do however cooperate with other journalists, in The Netherlands as well as internationally.


Spit wrote about the problems in social housing in The Netherlands, various stories on the disfunctional healthcare system in The Netherlands, or harmful fishing activities and the business behind it.


Website: https://www.onderzoekscollectiefspit.nl
Name: Bram Logger
Email: loggerbram@gmail.com

Network details

Size: Under 10 members
Founded: 2018
Geographical focus: National
Type of members: Freelancers
Legal entity: Yes
Open to new members: Yes


  • Health
  • Politics / policy / democracy
  • Social issues
  • Fishing industry; Media business, financial crime,


  • Netherlands


  • Investigative journalism
  • journalistic entrepreneurship, writing longreads

Support/join our network

  • Collaborate on editorial projects
  • Collaborate on grant applications

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.