The International Reporting Project is offering new fellowships focused on women’s rights and LGBTI rights. The fellowships are intended to provide in-depth coverage of important, under-covered international issues such as discrimination and violence; migration and human trafficking; reproductive, sexual and maternal health; and effects of conflict upon marginalized communities. Special consideration will go to applicants from and projects in Central America, Francophone West Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.
WikiLeaks, once an inspiring, tech-driven effort at transparency, now seems "driven by personal grudge and reckless releases of information," according to this critique by Backchannel's Sandra Upson. The group's rigid "claim to radical transparency" endangers "potentially millions of private individuals caught up in the leaks" while its uncurated files are rife with dangerous malware .
Amazon is planning a movie based on the life of Ida Tarbell, the pioneering muckraker who took on the abusive practices of the Rockefellers and the oil industry a century ago. The film will focus on Tarbell’s groundbreaking 19-part series, The History of the Standard Oil Company.
The online Daily Beast is under heavy criticism for a piece using undercover tactics to "out" gay Olympic athletes. The story fails the test for use of undercover reporting, such as over-riding public interest and exhausting other ways to tell a story first. Worse, it outs athletes in repressive countries, which could have serious consequences. Daily Beast has withdrawn the story.
With news that the Toronto Star – home to one of Canada's few investigative teams -- is laying off 45 newsroom staff, the Canadian Association of Journalists is calling for government action to support public-interest journalism. Such a move, the CAJ said, could include allowing charitable support for non-profit journalism, as has happened in the United States and other countries. The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists
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Broadcaster Teleamazonas and journalist Janet Hinostroza stand accused of "media lynching" (linchamiento mediático) by Ecuadoran officials for investigative reports into the government's purchase of medical supplies. Their reports raised questions about practices that could lead to distribution of poor quality drugs. Hinostroza was awarded CPJ's International Press Freedom Award in 2013.
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists