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Help us build The Manifold Files

We do in-depth journalism in the public interest. We publish long-form investigative and explanatory stories in a number of outlets in Greece and other countries. We have also created The Manifold Files, a website which we hope will host a series of “Files”, publications that function both as readable archives and investigative monitors.

A File is a way to publish the full material of a journalistic investigation, including a variety of stories, interviews and case-studies, information on the people and institutions that drive events, as well as primary source documents. The goal is to create a resource for each investigation, to which the interested reader can turn in order to delve deep into the subject, its history, its context, and its evolution. We like to say that “when a File is opened, it never closes”. This means that we aim to actively monitor every File, and update its contents with every significant development.

We have started this project by publishing our first File, an ongoing investigation into the failures of the child protection system in Greece, which we have been working on since 2018.

We have more Files we want to publish, on diverse issues such as clean energy, human rights, and police violence. And we need your help to do it.

We are building The Manifold Files

Please look at these pages to find out more about The Manifold Files, how to use the website, and the journalists, editors, designers and developers who produce it. Please also see our list of publications in various outlets in Greece and other countries.

We believe that our kind of slow journalism — painstakingly researched, rigorously contextualised, and constantly open to unrestricted reconsideration — is more than worth the effort. We do not claim it is the answer to all the problems journalism is facing, for journalism can be and evolve into many things. We do believe, however, it is one pretty good answer to the wide demand for reliable coverage of critical issues that are undermined or even misrepresented within the confines of the daily news cycle.

Projects such as ours, which are long-term and open-ended, cannot rely solely on the occasional grants available for independent journalism. We certainly compete for those, when they come up, but they are hardly enough to sustain our work with even a modicum of stability. And the fees paid to us when we freelance for other media are likewise too low for our reporters to commit to difficult projects in the way we envision.

So, we turn to you, the engaged reader and active citizen. We need you to make this work possible. But we don’t just need your financial help — though of course we do need that. We also need your time; your knowledge; your experience and your expertise. We are asking you to help both in providing some stability for our workers and in opening up our work to new ideas and challenges.

We propose to create a community of members who will support The Manifold Files. This does not mean our publications will go behind a paywall. On the contrary, those who choose to become members will ensure through their contributions that our publications will remain free and available to everyone.

When you become a member, you will start receiving our Community newsletter, with information not just on published stories, but also on ongoing research and issues that reporters face in the field. You will also gain access to our private discussion group on Facebook, where we will brainstorm about new topics to tackle, and how to go about it. And you will always have access to our reporters, who we believe you can support with ideas and expertise.

There are two ways to join The Manifold Files Community:

Subscribe for a monthly contribution

You can subscribe for a 3 euro monthly contribution. Even though the amount is small, it is regular, and this helps enormously to offer the people working at The Manifold Files a sense of security, and encourage them to do more.

Make a single or recurring donation

Alternatively, you can opt for a one time donation, by either choosing one of the preselected amounts, or filling in precisely what you want to contribute. There is also an option to make this donation monthly, if you feel you want to contribute more.

The Manifold Files is a strictly non-profit project, run by The Manifold Non-Profit Civil Partnership. Your contributions go exclusively towards fair remuneration for the work of our reporters, editors, designers and developers, as well as maintenance costs.

We are sorry, but we have no perks to offer — except the opportunity to support independent, committed reporting, and to participate in a discussion with us and other like-minded people, who believe in the value of public interest journalism. 

With our deepest thanks,

Mariniki, Yiannis, Yannis-Orestis, Mihalis, Eliza, Achilleas, and Augustine — aka The Manifold