Spotlight Movie: A “Hard Sell” but $88m in Global Sales

Since premiering in the United States in late 2015, the movie Spotlight has earned US$88 million in revenue, split almost evenly between U.S. ($45 million) and international sales ($43 million). Along the way, the movie has earned two Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Screenplay) and given journalists around the world a needed boost. But winning Academy Awards didn’t lift Spotlight too high. The movie is the second lowest-grossing Best Picture winner in the last 38 years.

Spotlight Wins Oscars for Best Picture, Screenplay

The movie Spotlight, based on the Boston Globe’s investigative reporting into pedophilia inside the Catholic Church, won best picture and best screenplay at the 2016 Academy Awards late Sunday. “We would not be here today without the heroic efforts of our reporters,” declared producer Blye Pagon Faust as she accepted the award. “Not only do they effect global change, but they absolutely show us the necessity of investigative journalism.”

Spotlight: 8 lecciones sobre periodismo de Investigación

“En primera plana” (Spotlight) es sin ninguna duda la película más convincente y profunda sobre periodismo de investigación desde Todos los hombres del Presidente (All the President’s Men), el clásico de 1975 sobre el escándalo Watergate. Con una excelente narración, el film se sumerge en el trabajo del equipo de investigación del Boston Globe sobre uno de los crímenes más notorios de nuestro tiempo: el encubrimiento y la tolerancia sistemática de miles de casos de pedofilia por parte de la Iglesia Católica. En momentos en que los periodistas de investigación están bajo fuego en todo el mundo, esta película funciona como un tutorial público sobre por qué este tipo de periodismo en profundidad es tan importante para la democracia y la rendición de cuentas.

#GIJC15: A Multimedia Blitz

We’re gearing up for the Global Investigative Journalism Conference with coverage that is multimedia, multilingual, and multinational. Here’s one of our new features: a social media wall that integrates #GIJC15 tweets and other items in a continuous flow. We’re a week away and the wall is already buzzing. Plus we’ll have four streaming video channels and an international team posting stories, interviews, photos, video, and lots of social media.

Database Launched with +300 Latin American Investigations

A unique database of more than 300 investigative journalism reports from across Latin America was launched this week by The Institute for Press and Society (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, or IPYS). Called BIPYS (Banco de Investigaciones Periodisticas, or Bank of Investigative Journalism) the UNESCO-backed initiative was announced July 6 at the annual conference of Abraji, Brazil’s investigative journalism association.

Ukraine’s Mezhyhirya Fest To Focus on War Crimes, Security

For the second time, organizers of MezhyhiryaFest are going to bring together more than 300 journalists and public activists on June 6-7, establishing a tradition of celebrating the Journalist’s Day in the former billion-dollar estate of runaway President Viktor Yanukovych, who continues to hide out from murder and corruption charges in Russia.

Events in 100 Countries Mark World Press Freedom Day

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. It is World Press Freedom Day. Over 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day.

Investigative Events in Four Nations Showcase Muckrakers on the Move

(Tonsberg, Norway) From an international film festival in London to bustling conferences in Scandinavia and Latin America, investigative journalists turned out by the hundreds over the weekend in search of training and inspiration. The events, sponsored by GIJN member organizations in four countries, are part of an increasingly crowded calendar sparked by the growing global practice of investigative journalism.

Lies & Statistics: Fudging Data in India’s Most Populous State

Statistics collected by state governments across India can be and are easily fudged. GIJN Member IndiaSpend–India’s first data-driven journalism initiative–analyzes reported data on disease outbreaks, crime, and traffic accidents in the country’s most populous state and compares it to better governed and richer neighbors. What unfolds is a story of lies and statistics.

Con Men, Dupes, and Terrorism: A Review of Risen’s Pay Any Price

At long last we can retire Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as the icons of investigative reporting. With his second book probing the dark tunnels of the so-called war on terror, James Risen has established himself as the finest national security reporter of this generation… Although parts of Risen’s new revelations have been published in the Times or elsewhere, here they are fleshed out in richly reported chapters studded with eye-popping new charges.