The Bulgarian Investigative Journalism Center (BIJC) is a nongovernmental and uncommercial foundation, whose main goal is to organize and produce journalistic inquiries. The foundation unites Bulgarian journalists with experience in the area of investigative journalism. BIJC came into life in April 2007 and launched in 2008. It has been founded basically because a formal organisation was among the requirements in order to apply for funding to the Netherlands Embassy, in the framework of Small Embassy Projects Programme (MATRA/KAP), with the project “Investigative Journalism classes”. The description of the project states: “elaborating and piloting a class in investigative journalism at the Sofia University” (Netherlands Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria 2010). The application had been granted funding for the period between 2008 and 2010. It had allowed Stanimir Vaglenov and Alexenia Dimitrova to teach Investigative Journalism as visiting lecturers to the students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at the St. Kl. Ohridski for two academic years and to write the Handbook with Practical Tips for Journalistic Investigation. On the level of investigative productions, the centre works in a very informal way, mainly recognising as its-own co-products the stories developed in cooperation with other centres or journalists from other countries.

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