For about $100,000, Columbia Journalism School will train you to be ready for the next massive leak. Their new master of science degree in data journalism is aimed at students who want "practical, hands-on training essential to producing deeply reported data-driven stories." There is some relief for cash-strapped applicants, however. The school has raised or allocated more than $500,000 to support the program, and students are encouraged to submit their scholarship applications before the Feb. 1 deadline.
Last week an event held by South Africa's amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism was disrupted by a group of several dozen who sang, shouted and physically threatened participants and members of the public. AmaBhungane's Stefaans Brummer told a local radio station after the event that it was unfortunate that police, who were called to the site after the disturbance, stood by and watched instead of assisting. The event was held to discuss #GuptaLeaks, a collaborative investigation by amaBhungane, News24 and the Daily Maverick’s Scorpio which further explores allegations of state capture and corrupt relationships between President Jacob Zuma and his allies and the controversial Gupta family.
Colombian investigative journalist William Solano is being prosecuted for slander after writing multiple articles for independent news site DCERCA on administrative corruption in his home municipality of Buga. In the journalist’s ongoing trial, the local district attorney has sought access to Solano’s communications in order to identify key sources in his reporting, who until now have remained anonymous. In late June, a judge authorized the district attorney to search Solano’s Facebook account. The prosecutor is now demanding the journalist’s account password.
Source: Media Shift
The new representative for Freedom of the Media in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is the former French secretary of state for European Affairs, Harlem Désir. His appointment should be formalized on 18 July. Members of the OSCE finally overcame months of deadlock on filling top posts, including this one.
Source: European Federation of Journalists and Reuters
The police chief of a small Alabama town is thanking investigative journalists for helping protect his cops. Mike Ready, chief of the McIntosh Police Department, publicly thanked reporters at the local FOX10 News TV station after they dug into leaks of toxic chlorine at a nearby chemical plant. The station began to investigate after a police officer fell ill when responding to a leak in February, and revealed that 738 pounds of chlorine gas had escaped. The cops now have better response gear.
Source: FOX10 News
Jordanian airport authorities asked an Egyptian journalist to return home after he arrived at Amman’s international airport late Monday to attend a workshop on digital investigations, according to Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism. ARIJ’s Rana Sabbagh said immigration authorities denied entry to Wael Mamdouh without explanation. Mamdouh, who works for the Egyptian daily Al Masry Al Youm, has attended at least five trainings and annual forums in past years in Amman without difficulty and has produced, with support of ARIJ, several hard-hitting investigations.