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Data Journalism

Updating the Inverted Pyramid of Data Journalism

Data journalist and instructor Paul Bradshaw has updated the Inverted Pyramid of Data Journalism — and brought together resources for every stage. The most basic change is the recognition of a stage that precedes all others — idea generation.

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Reporter’s Guide to Investigating Carbon Offsets

Carbon offsets are truly an international climate change story with potential for global collaboration between journalists. This GIJN guide offers background, resources, case studies, and other reporting tips on this multi-billion dollar market.

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Emergency Aid for Journalists

Our colleagues are under threat around the world. Since 1992, more than a thousand journalists have been killed, and thousands more are victims of assault, intimidation, imprisonment, and persecution. A number of organizations provide emergency support to journalists in danger. Assistance ranges from medical and legal aid to moving a targeted journalist out of the country. If you are in genuine danger, don’t hesitate to reach out — there is help available.

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Kyrgyzstan Court Orders Shut Down of Investigate Site Kloop

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

A district court in Kyrgyzstan ordered the investigative site — and GIJN member— Kloop Media to be shut down. Prosecutors singled out what they called "purely negative" coverage and "harsh criticism" of the the government. Notably, the case against Kloop was initiated the same day last August that the site published an investigation into the president and other señor officials, questioning their role in the construction of a soccer academy. "The forced closure of Kloop — one of the most respected media outlets not just in Kyrgyzstan but in the whole of Central Asia — signals Kyrgyz authorities’ intent to wipe out an investigative reporting hub that has previously set the country apart from its authoritarian neighbors,” said CPJ's Gulnoza Said in a statement.

2024 Sigma Awards Shortlist Announced

Source: Sigma Awards

The Sigma Awards announced the shortlist for its 2024 entries, which were chosen from 591 data journalism projects submitted by 322 organizations across 78 countries. An international jury of 20 experts selected the 52 finalists, which included 17 data journalism projects from Europe, 15 from North America, 9 from South America, 8 from Asia, 3 from Africa/MENA, and 1 from Oceania. The ultimate winners for the 2024 Sigma Awards will be announced in March.

Russian Anti-Corruption Champion Alexey Navalny Dies in Russian Prison

Source: Freedom House

Anti-corruption champion Alexey Navalny was found dead inside the Russian penal colony where he was being incarcerated on charges of "extremism." Navalny was a leading critic of the Kremlin and his Anti-Corruption Foundation conducted numerous investigations into graft among top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin. In 2020, Navalny was attacked with a nerve agent and, after authorities refused to pursue the case, he got a Russian security services spy to confess. "Navalny and so many other political prisoners, exiled journalists... and ordinary Russians have shown time and again that they will not abandon their hope for a country free of corruption, impunity, and dictatorship," Freedom House said in a statement.

Call for IPI 2024 Press Freedom Award Nominations

Source: International Press Institute

The International Press Institute and International Media Support are accepting nominations for the 2024 World Press Freedom Hero and Free Media Pioneer awards. The former honors individual journalists "who have made significant contributions to the promotion of press freedom, particularly in the face of great personal risk," while the latter is presented to organizations that are "opening up new ways of thinking about the free flow of information to strengthen independent journalism and meet the needs of their communities." Winners will be recognised during IPI's 2024 World Congress in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in May. Deadline: March 5.

Human Rights Watch Releases Two-Year-Long Investigation Into Russian Attack on Mariupol

Source: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch released an in-depth investigation into the devastating effects of the war in Ukraine, focusing on the atrocities committed by Russian forces in the Ukrainian coastal city of Mariupol. This report, compiled from more than 200 interviews, 850 verified photos and videos, and analysis of nearly 5,000 damaged or destroyed buildings, uses 3D models to document the extent of the Russia's widespread impact on the city's urban zone, which was essentially leveled. The city's cemeteries still hold thousand of unidentified victims of the invasion, HRW reveals.

US Announces Visa Ban for Individuals Linked to Spyware Abuse

Source: The Guardian

The Biden administration says it will begin imposing visa restrictions on all individuals who have been linked to abuse from commercial spyware platforms, such as Pegasus. The new policy follows a 2021 move that placed the producer of Pegasus, the Israeli tech company NSO Group, on a government blacklist. Zero-click spyware has been used around the world to target journalists as well as dissident voices and human rights activists, particularly in countries with authoritarian-leaning leaders. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the visa ban was prompted by this technology's use in "arbitrary detentions, forced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings."

Senegal Shuts Down Internet After Suspension of Presidential Election

Source: CPJ

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on the government of Senegal to unblock the county's mobile internet, which was abruptly shut down over the weekend after the presidential election was indefinitely postponed. Senegal's current president, Macky Sall, suspended the vote for his replacement, which had been scheduled for February 25, claiming an alleged constitutional dispute had to be resolved first. "Internet shutdowns leave journalists struggling to report the news in a timely manner, to fact check misinformation, and to contact sources safely. [CPJ] calls on Senegalese authorities to immediately restore access to mobile data," the CPJ said.

AP Nets Its First Oscar Nomination for Mariupol Documentary

Source: AP

Mstyslav Chernov’s documentary “20 Days in Mariupol,” about the besieged Ukrainian port city and the journalists who remained there after Russia’s invasion in February 2022, has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary category. The film, a co-production of The Associated Press (AP) and PBS Frontline, brought AP its first Oscar nomination since the news agency's founding 178 years ago. The film was shot in the first three weeks of the war; Ukrainian filmmaker and journalist Chernov, a native of Kharkiv, arrived in Mariupol one hour before Russian forces started bombarding the city. The team behind the documentary also won two Pulitzer Prizes last year.  

Joint Statement Calling for a Halt to Killing of Journalists by Israel

Source: International Press Institute

The global executive board of the International Press Institute (IPI) has issued a statement calling for an immediate halt to the killing of journalists inside Gaza by the Israeli military. Since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, Israel's retaliatory airstrikes and ground offensive inside Gaza have resulted in the deaths of at least 80 members of the media, IPI noted. "This unprecedented assault on journalists and journalism must end. No further time, and no further lives, can be lost," the statement read. Statement signatories include the IPI's Khadijah Patel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Maria Ressa, and the Kyiv Independent's Daryna Shevchenko.

Trial Over Murder of Dutch Investigative Journalist Begins

Source: Irish Times

After a two-and-a-half year investigation that has shaken the Dutch criminal underworld, nine men, including the alleged gunman, have appeared in a high-security dock in Amsterdam all charged in connection with the murder of investigative journalist, Peter R de Vries. In 2021 de Vries was shot in the head in the Dutch capital, in an attack described by King Willem-Alexander as “an assault on journalism and on the rule of law.” The reporter, who was 64, died in hospital nine days later. All nine accused either denied the charges against them or invoked their right to silence, refusing to answer further questions.  

Data Journalism

Updating the Inverted Pyramid of Data Journalism

Data journalist and instructor Paul Bradshaw has updated the Inverted Pyramid of Data Journalism — and brought together resources for every stage. The most basic change is the recognition of a stage that precedes all others — idea generation.

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Danwatch: How a Danish Investigative Site Exerts Global Reach

GIJN member Danwatch was launched in 2007 by civic groups in Denmark with a focus on both research and journalism. Danwatch has since grown to have one of the largest specialized investigative journalism teams in Denmark, with 13 reporters, one of them based in South America.

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2024 Elections

Global elections in the year ahead — including presidential, legislative, and regional polls in at least 60 countries — will affect more citizens than in any previous year, and will likely reset humanity’s liberty compass for years ahead. This ongoing project will feature an updated, five-chapter elections reporting guide, feature stories on cutting-edge tools for […]

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GIJC23

The 13th Global Investigative Journalism Conference (#GIJC23), held in Gothenburg, Sweden from Sept. 19 – 22, 2023, gathered more than 2,100 journalists from 132 countries to hold workshops, share innovative methods, and celebrate a community increasingly facing censorship, corporate hacking, and authoritarian threats. This project is a compendium of GIJN’s coverage of the conference panels.

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Climate Accountability

Today, there is plenty of beat reporting and feature writing about the world’s climate crisis. But what’s missing are the investigative journalists, the ones who follow the money and hold corporations and governments accountable for what they have done – and what they haven’t done. GIJN is working to change this. Our Climate Accountability Project […]

War Crimes

We are seeing mounting evidence of war crimes in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ranging from attacks on civilians and use of illegal munitions to sexual violence against women and children. In addition to releasing the first reporting guide on this crucial topic in 20 years, GIJN is compiling essential training materials to guide journalists in […]

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GIJC23 Interview – Jane Lytvynenko: Digital Threats Course

In this short interview Jane Lytvynenko, an independent investigative reporter and an instructor for GIJN’s Digital Threats course, talks about how to start investigating online manipulation and also what challenges she faces when doing digital threats investigations. ———————– The Global Investigative Journalism Network is an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and […]

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GIJC23 – Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies have taken the financial world by storm, yet few people truly understand them. Despite an industry raked by volatility and billion-dollar scandals, they have gained popularity not only among investors and anarchists, but also organized crime figures and cyber thieves looking to avoid the traditional financial system. Experts insist there are ways to investigate […]

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GIJC23 – Tracking Assets Around the World

In this global economy, it’s become easy to hide one’s assets overseas, whether you’re a Mexican crime boss or a Russian oligarch. Backgrounding an individual’s holdings is essential, but ferreting out front companies, tax dodges, and hidden assets can be a tough undertaking. Here are two of the best at doing this. ———————– The Global […]

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GIJC23 – How to Use Satellite Images for Investigation

Satellite images play a crucial role in many investigations. Reporters are using them to analyze battlefields and war crimes. Eyes from above also are invaluable for many kinds of climate change stories, such as to document methane emissions, drought, and sea level rise. Our expert panelists will discuss many possible opportunities for using satellite images. […]