Tool: 100,000 Datasets in 100 Countries

A free tool which offers open access to 100,000 public datasets from over 100 countries was released this week by data management and intelligence company Enigma. The tool, called Enigma Public, brings together information from international organizations and federal governments, and local and state governments in the US, spanning subjects such as building permits and fire inspection data, to the contents of shipping containers and financial contributions to political campaigns.

Source: Journalism.co.uk

Posted on: June 22, 2017

UNESCO: LatAm FOI Laws Among Best

Latin American laws on access to public information are among the best in the world, according to a new UNESCO report. With the exception of Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba and Venezuela, most countries in Latin America have laws that guarantee access to official information. The real challenges, the report notes, are in implementation, impact and access.

Source: Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Posted on: June 20, 2017

ARIJ Reporter Wins Press Freedom Award

Assad Zalzali received the 2017 Samir Kassir Award for Press Freedom in Beirut this week for his stories about how corruption has blocked access to schools for thousands of children in Iraq. The annual award honors Lebanese journalist Kassir, who was assassinated in 2005 in Beirut, and is open to journalists from North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf. Finalists were Aseel Sarya and Ahmed Al Wasie, who exposed continued slavery in Yemen. The journalists were supported in their work by GIJN member Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism.

Source: ARIJ

Posted on: June 8, 2017

Journalists Covering Corruption Honored

The US-based National Endowment for Democracy will present its 2017 Democracy Award on June 7 in Washington, DC in a ceremony on Capitol Hill. Of the five awards presented, two will be given to investigative journalists. Rafael Marques de Morais, who has been imprisoned in Angola for his work, investigated government corruption and abuses in the country’s diamond industry. Denys Bihus leads TOM 14, a group of investigative journalists in Ukraine, and hosts the anti-corruption TV program, Nashi Hroshi (Our Money)

Source: NED

Posted on: June 5, 2017

Pakistani and Syrian Win Knight Award

Journalists from Pakistan and Syria are the winners of the 2017 Knight International Journalism Award. They include Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a Karachi-based journalist and filmmaker whose reports led to legislative changes in Pakistan, and Karam al-Masri, a Syrian photojournalist and videographer who persisted in covering the siege of Aleppo through a near-total blackout of news from the city.

Source: ICFJ

Posted on: June 1, 2017

Tools: Google Releases New Data GIF Maker

Here's a new tool that's getting a lot of attention: Google just released Data GIF Maker, a tool to help journalists make their own data GIFs. GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format) are widely used for animated images on websites and social media. Google is making it easy to apply them to data sets, making data visualizations even more available to journalists and storytellers.

Source: Google

Posted on: May 29, 2017

Video Analysis: Turkish Goons or Protesters?

Last week, a melee broke out between black-suited security officers with visiting Turkish President Erdogan and protesters in Wash., D.C. News reports and video pointed to Erdogan's own men as the instigators, but the embassy blamed demonstrators. Reporters from The New York Times painstakingly reviewed videos and photos to track the actions of 24 men, and found that Turkish officials were indeed behind the attacks. Impressive sleuthing by the Times.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: May 26, 2017

Abraji Convenes Muckrakers in Brazil

GIJN member organization ABRAJI, Brazil's Association of Investigative Journalism, holds its annual conference from June 29 to July 1 in São Paulo. The gathering will feature about 60 panels, seminars and workshops, with experts and journalists from Brazil, the United States, Argentina and Mexico. Topics include political coverage, corruption, funding independent journalism, data journalism and advanced reporting techniques. To find out more about the conference, click the ABRAJI source link below.

Source: ABRAJI

Posted on: May 24, 2017

Waseda Hosts Asian Muckrakers in Tokyo

Japan's Waseda University hosts an international symposium on investigative journalism this June 4. “Investigative Journalism in Asia: Perspectives and Prospects" will feature representatives of four nonprofit newsrooms from Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. Among the topics: investigative projects, sustainable models, and cross-border partnerships. Organized by Waseda University’s Institute for Journalism/Waseda Chronicle and the Committee to Protect Journalists in cooperation with GIJN.

Source: Waseda Chronicle

Posted on: May 23, 2017

Facebook Censors Investigative Journalist

Matthew Caruana Galizia, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Panama Papers team, was temporarily locked out of his Facebook account over four posts, which were deleted for violating the social network’s community standards. Caruana Galizia published a series of posts alleging corruption by the prime minister of Malta and his associates. Written in Maltese, each post included images of documents from the Panama Papers leak. The censorship comes amid political turmoil, where a snap election is scheduled for 3 June.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: May 19, 2017