Shomrim’s (The Guardians) mission is to strengthen Israeli democracy through investigative journalism.
A non-profit, free of commercial or political bias newsroom, we aim to strengthen the flow of fact-based and data-driven information to the public; incubate investigative reporting projects with potential for social impact; examine issues of importance to communities that are often overlooked; and publish our work in partnership with big and small media outlets.
Our biggest challenge is to create real-world effect. Making an impact is a lengthy process that builds on growing recognition, and trickles down from reporting and shaping the conversation to driving policy change.
Inspired by the American model of ProPublica, and in parallel with the global rise of non-profit media organizations, Shomrim was established to serve as a gatekeeper among gatekeepers and to safeguard Israeli democracy through the powerful tool of investigative journalism.
In order to dive into social injustices and systemic problems afflicting the poor, voiceless or forgotten, Shomrim is committed to pursuing investigative stories and investing in projects with a lens on inclusivity.
Shomrim will play a key role in building up a new journalism at the forefront of public interest that will spur debate and stir action.
As part of this initiative, Shomrim offers two cash prizes - one for a still image expressing a meaningful democratic issue at the heart of public discourse and another for a video piece.
This collaboration is intended to endorse documentary photographers who shine a light on the complex reality of our region and through their camera lens and exclusive capture of an event, enable viewers to look at Israeli democracy straight in the eye.
Photographer Oded Balilty was the Winner of the Shomrim Award for Still Image in the Category of Democracy and Social Justice.
Public enlightenment is the foundation of Shomrim’s journalism. In Israel, the implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) law continues to pose a significant challenge for journalists.
As part of Shomrim’s collaboration with The Movement for Freedom of Information, the lattersubmits FOIA requests to government agencies / public bodies on issues relevant to Shomrim’s investigative reporting and if necessary, files court petitions for information disclosure.
As a unique non-profit news organization in Information the Israeli landscape, we saw great importance in composing a Code of Ethics setting standards for the conduct of our newsroom.
The Code is founded on three principles: obligation to credible, accurate and complete information; balancing the right to informationand right to privacy; and compliance with professional journalism practice, includingprotecting resources, data security and proper data handling and presentation.