Welcome to GIJN’s Resource Center. Here are resource pages assembled by our staff and from colleagues around the world on critical topics affecting investigative journalists. There are links to key groups, documents, and people. Let us know if you have additions or if the info and links get out of date!
Reporting Tips and Techniques
- Archiving Your Work: How to use the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to preserve web pages and PDFs.
- Data Journalism Resources: A guide to resources on computer-assisted reporting, including data collection, analysis, visualization, mapping, and more.
- Data Journalism Toolkit: Newsrooms don’t need large budgets for analyzing data–they can easily access basic data tools that are free or inexpensive. Spanish version here.
- Defining Investigative Journalism: While definitions vary, there is broad agreement on what makes investigative reporting: systematic, in-depth, and original research and reporting, often involving the unearthing of secrets. Spanish version here.
- Extractives Industries: A road map to improve your coverage, including new tools that enable journalists and bloggers to obtain and verify information, and where to get ideas for future stories.
- Finding Expert Sources: Looking for sources? Finding experts in a particular field is a good place to start for many stories. GIJN took a look at various guides to expert sources. After cutting those that are outdated, too specialized, or tools of the PR industry, we found a handful worth consulting.
- Freedom of Information Laws: More than 100 countries now have freedom of information laws. Here are links to guides and groups, and a directory of FOI offices around the world.
- Freelancer Services: Here’s GIJN’s guide to freelance services around the world. We started looking for good platforms for finding assignments and getting paid decently, but we’ve expanded that to groups offering help on reporting, funding, insurance, safety, and more.
- GIJC15 & GIJC13 Tipsheets : See tipsheets from top journalism trainers on investigative techniques, data analysis, and more from the 2013 and 2015 Global Investigative Journalism Conference.
- IJAsia16 & IJAsia14 Tipsheets: See tipsheets from top journalism trainers on investigative techniques, data analysis, and more from the 2014 and 2016 Uncovering Asia Conference.
- Interviewing: The interview may be the single most important tool journalists have to obtain information, clarify facts, and see things from different perspectives. Here are tips from a veteran journalist and trainer.
- Investigating the Shipping Industry: Award-winning journalist Giannina Segnini, currently head of the Data Concentration program at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, detailed resources available to reporters working on stories involving the shipping industry.
- Investigative Books and Films: Recommended Readings and Films from the Global Investigative Journalism Network and Story-Based Inquiry. Compiled by Mark Lee Hunter.
- Investigative Journalism Manuals: Here are some widely used guides to investigative journalism, including casebooks and teaching curricula, many of them downloadable for free. Chinese version here and Spanish version here.
- Investigative Journalism Organizations: Get connected! GIJN lists how to contact more than 100 investigative journalism organizations. Includes nonprofit newsrooms, online publishers, professional associations, NGOs, training institutes, and academic centers in 50 countries. Spanish version here.
- Investigative Research Links: Tipsheet by Margot Williams. Search Engines, Find a person, Databases, Corporation Research and more.
- Mobile Journalism: Tips from the Smartmojo 101 Guerrilla Workshop: how to shoot a basic sequence, use natural light, recording clean audio, and more.
- Online Research Tools: The BBC’s Internet sleuth Paul Myers gives this tutorial on effective web searching, finding people, and tracking domains online.
- Photojournalism: This excerpt from the manual Investigative Photography gives tips on photographing documents, storing images, recovering lost information, and taking authoritative photos of firearms.
- Planespotting: Planespotters observe, log, and photograph aircraft departures and landings worldwide, and have provided invaluable help to journalists tracking renditions, company junkets, and dictator shopping sprees.
- Research Tools for Investigative Journalists: How do you research thoroughly, save time, and get directly to the source you wish to find? Spanish here.
- Social Media Research: list of tools by Frederik Fischer, Audience Engagement at Krautreporter.
- Whistleblowing: This guide to whistleblowers — insiders who expose corrupt or illegal activities — offers links to secure tools and useful groups in a dozen countries.
Awards, Grants, Fundraising, and Sustainability
- Awards: Here’s GIJN’s handpicked guide to international awards of interest to investigative journalists. We’ve included two dozen sets of awards open to journalists at the global or regional level. Spanish version here.
- Crowdfunding: At a time when the media is struggling to fund serious journalism, investigative reporters increasingly are turning to crowdfunding. We’ve gathered tips and strategies from the best sites and blogs, and done a guide to crowdfunding sites best for journalists. Spanish version here. And Chinese version here.
- Grants and Fellowships: Need a break? Here’s our popular guide to more than 50 fellowship and grant programs of interest to investigative journalists. Spanish version here.
- Fundraising: With the global spread of nonprofit media, journalists are looking for new ways to raise funds and structure the “business side” of their news organizations. Fundraising expert Bridget Gallagher offers advice on how to get started.
- Sustainability: Here’s a survival guide for both start-ups and existing investigative nonprofits, full of ideas on how to diversify funding and build a sustainable structure. And here’s a resource page of materials that can be readily adapted to diverse conditions around the world.
Safety, Security, and Legal Defense
- Covering Street Protests: Covering public protests involves risks that journalists should prepare for. Brazil’s Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) developed this guide, packed with tips from pros who have experienced risky incidents at demonstrations.
- Digital Security: Ensuring your digital files and communications are secure has never been more important. Here are some straightforward guidelines, tipsheets, and tutorials.
- Emergency Aid for Journalists: 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. Spanish version here.
- Legal Defense: Here are several well-established groups that specialize in getting legal assistance for journalists.
- Safety and Security Organizations: This guide, adapted from the Center for International Media Assistance, lists major international press freedom and safety groups that concern themselves, in some fashion, with violent attacks on journalists. Spanish version here.