David Schraven (born 1970 in Bottrop, Germany) is a German journalist. Since 2010 till 2014 he used to be head of investigations at Funke Mediengruppe, one of the largest European media holdings for regional newspapers including Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. From 2007 till Sept 2014 he was treasurer of German association of investigative journalists Netzwerk Recherche. From June he is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Correctiv (CORRECT!V in own words) - the first nonprofit investigative newsroom in the German-speaking world. Schraven is one of Germany's best known investigative journalists.
He was the founder of the German Newspaper "taz ruhr". Later he worked as a reporter on energy issues for the Axel Springer Group. Then in 2010 he went on with his researches as head of investigations at Funke Mediengruppe.
Schraven published several reports about the German military action by the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan. In 2011 he explained the details of the Operation Halmazag. In 2012 he published his investigation of the German military actions in Afghanistan on a special website with leaked documents. His graphic reportage "Kriegszeiten" was nominated for the international youth book award in Germany.
He worked on different reference books about investigative journalism for the German association of investigative journalists Netzwerk Recherche. The books "Reporter im verdeckten Einsatz (PDF)" deals with undercover research methods and "Kritischer Wirtschaftsjournalismus (PDF)" focuses on investigative business journalism.
In June 2014 he founded CORRECT!V (correctiv.org) - the first nonprofit investigative newsroom in the German-speaking world. Correctiv has got an education program to pass on the methods of investigative journalism. This should help to empower citizens to gain access to information and promote transparency. Besides that, Correctiv is focused on investigating corruption and datajournalism. In cooperation with various media, CORRECT!V shares its investigations and stories with large and small newspapers and magazines as well as with radio and TV stations.
During his career as an investigative reporter Schraven won several prices for his investigative stories. He comes in third on the best known award for investigative journalism in Germany called Wächterpreis for his investigation of toxic drinking water.[better source needed] Then he won the Suisse „Fichtnerpreis“ for his research about a corrupt politician. 2015 he was awarded Grimme Online Award for overseeing the investigation into downing Flug MH17. He also won the Deutschen Reporterpreis for his book "Weisse Wölfe" (illustrations by Jan Feindt).
- 2009: Publisher and Author Undercover : Reporter im verdeckten Einsatz, Netzwerk Recherche, Wiesbaden, ISBN 978-3-9812408-1-8,
- 2011: Author Graphic Novell Die wahre Geschichte vom Untergang der Alexander Kielland, Carlsen Verlag, ISBN 978-3-551-73052-7, with Vincent Burmeister (Artist)
- 2012: Author graphic reportage Kriegszeiten, Carlsen Verlag, ISBN 978-3-551-78698-2, nominated for the international youth book award Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreis 2013, with Vincent Burmeister (Artist)
- 2014: Zechenkinder: 25 Geschichten über das schwarze Herz des Ruhrgebiets, Ankerherz-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-940138-54-5, with Uwe Weber (Fotograf)
- 2015: Author Graphic Novell WEISSE WÖLFE. Eine graphische Reportage über rechten Terror, CORRECT!V, gezeichnet von Jan Feindt, ISBN 978-3-9816917-0-2.
- Bülend Ürük (2014-10-22). ""David Schraven steigt aus: Netzwerk Recherche braucht neuen Schatzmeister", David Schraven, Gründer vom Recherchebüro "Correctiv", ist nicht mehr Schatzmeister beim Netzwerk Recherche". www.newsroom.de.
- de:Wächterpreis der deutschen Tagespresse
- Recherchen zum Abschuss von Flug MH17
- Begründung der Jury vom 18. Juni 2015, abgerufen am 19. Juni 2015
- Jury des Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreis: Nominierung Kriegszeiten, Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, 15. März 2013