A Lawless Frontier


Traffickers and poachers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways...

Home to gritty characters and urgent concerns, the high seas are a realm in dire need of investigative journalism.

Select Reporting

  1. The Secretive Prisons that Keep Migrants Out of Europe

A Distinct Approach

Our journalism is distinct not just in its focus, but also in how the reporting is conducted and distributed. Most of the stories are reported at least partially at sea. We partner with dozens of outlets around the world to translate and disseminate our reporting as broadly as possible.

  • The Economist
  • The New Yorker
  • NBC News
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Yahoo! News
  • NPR
  • CNN
  • Columbia Journalism Review
  • Democracy Now
  • Crooked
  • Radio Kingston
  • KCRW
  • The Guardian
  • Alqatiba
  • UDN
  • Yahoo! Taiwan
  • El Diario
  • El País
  • Meduza
  • AD
  • El Sol de Mexico
  • Rock101
  • Millenium Magazine
  • Caravan India
  • Expreso
  • Cerosetenta
  • El Desconcierto
  • Clarín
  • Twala

Beyond Traditional Journalism

To reach a younger and more international audience, we leverage non-news platforms, collaborating with artists to convert our reporting into other forms such as music, animation, mural art, stage performance, and podcasts.

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