An attempt by Islamic State supporters to showcase their international network by sharing photographs has instead turned into a citizen journalism campaign to expose ISIS users and their locations. The UK-based Bellingcat group has asked followers to identify features in the images and messages. Using geolocation and other techniques, investigators have exposed several locations, including home addresses.
Several companies are offering email tracking services that let you spy on people to whom you send emails. The services work by inserting a small pixel into an email, which then sends notifications to the sender on whether the email has been opened (and how often). Other com systems, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype also provide “read” notices, but readers know these features exist.
Chilean investigative journalists have formed a network to improve tools, share skills, and fight for access. Launched May 3, the Red de Periodistas Chile (Chilean Journalists Network) will take aim at such issues as a proposed new "gag law" which would criminalize leaked information on criminal investigations.
Source: Journalism in the Americas
Investigative reporters from Bosnia and Mexico who have exposed financial crimes and misconduct at the highest levels are winners of the 2016 Knight International Journalism Award. Honors went to Miranda Patrucic of the Sarajevo-based Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the investigative team at Aristegui Noticias, a Mexican news site led by Carmen Aristegui.
Source: International Center for Journalists
Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns in journalism, photography and documentaries all set records in April for the most money raised in those categories. Kazoo Magazine, focused on encouraging girls to be smart and strong, raised US$171,215 with 3,136 backers; The Trioplan soap bubble lens raised $556,000 from 850 backers; and a campaign to save Frank Zappa’s film vault, create a documentary, and unearth his unreleased music raised US1.13 million with 8,688 backers.
Source: Through the Cracks
Today is the final day to apply for a fellowship to attend the 2nd Asian Investigative Journalism Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal. The big training event will feature top investigative and data journalists, state-of-the-art techniques, and a hands-on approach. Open to Asian journalists from developing and transitioning countries.
Source: Uncovering Asia