SecureDrop, Signal Used for Trump Leaks

The news media is using two tech tools to help facilitate the unprecedented flood of leaks coming from the Trump White House: SecureDrop, an encrypted platform for sending leaks, and Signal,  a messaging app with end-to-end encryption. "It's hard to name a news organization that has not gotten in touch with us about installing SecureDrop in the past six weeks," says Trevor Timm of SecureDrop's Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Source: CNBC

Posted on: February 11, 2017

World Bank Calls Media “Indispensable”

The World Bank's new World Development Report has a lot to like by independent media advocates. This edition of the annual report references media over 75 times, citing the evidence for media's positive impact on governance. Media is called an “indispensable component of citizen empowerment and collective action” and a “key actor” on transparency.

Source: BBC Media Action

Posted on: February 7, 2017

Guardian Membership Jumps 13-Fold in Year

The Guardian, run by a public trust and in search of new revenue streams, is having success with its membership program. Over the past year, its number of paying supporters jumping 13-fold, from 15,000 to nearly 200,000 in the past year. The paper's big goal: one million subscribers by April 2019.

Source: Digiday

Posted on: February 2, 2017

Atlatszo Sues Hungary Gov’t over NGO Claims

GIJN-member atlatszo, the muckraking Hungarian online site, has filed suit against the government of autocrat Viktor Orban, challenging claims that NGOs meddle in party politics. The move comes after years of official assaults on that nation's independent media and civil society. Atlatszo is demanding a government report that allegedly shows foreign-funded NGOs' political interfence.

Source: International Business Times

Posted on: January 30, 2017

CNN To Expand I-Team by 12 Reporters

As the Trump Administration ratchets up its war on the press, top target CNN is re-dedicating itself to watchdog journalism by sharply expanding its investigative unit and hiring as contributing editors Pulitzer Prize winners Carl Bernstein and Jim Steele. The network says it will add at least a dozen reporters to a consolidated investigative team. Says Bernstein: "Hopefully, other networks will do the same."

Source: NPR

Posted on: January 30, 2017

Muckrock Launches Trump Slack Channel

MuckRock, the nonprofit newsroom specializing in FOI requests, has opened a Slack channel for journalists to collaborate in covering Donald Trump and his administration. Within a week of its launch, 1,500 people had signed up, most of them journalists from both national media and local newsrooms. MuckRock intends the channel to help build requests, workshop ideas, ask questions and share results for FOI requests to the new government.

Source: Poynter

Posted on: January 27, 2017

“Moment of Truth” for U.S. Journalists

With the Trump White House kicking off its first press briefing this weekend with blatant falsehoods and unprecedented press bashing, the U.S. media is in uncharted waters. As major media hit back, branding Trump team statements as lies, Columbia University's Todd Gitlin calls it a moment of truth for American journalism.


Posted on: January 23, 2017

Free Funding Advice for GIJN Members

GIJN is offering its member groups free online consulting on fundraising. This is a limited program currently available only to GIJN’s 145 member organizations. Sessions are designed to last one hour and will be held over Skype or a similar platform. We'll make available expert fundraisers who have raised millions in Europe and the US. Interested? Please fill out this form. Space is limited!

Source: GIJN

Posted on: January 20, 2017

Free Columbia MOOC on Global Muckraking

Columbia University is offering a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on global investigative journalism. Taught by Anya Schiffrin, author of the book Global Muckraking, the course features such speakers as Columbia Journalism Graduate School Dean Steve Coll, ICIJ's Mike Hudson, GIJN's David Kaplan, OSF's Maria Teresa Ronderos, CPJ's Joel Simon, & Sahara Reporters' Omoyoele Sowore. Classes start Feb 8. 

Source: Columbia University

Posted on: January 20, 2017

CPJ Finds Record 259 Journalists in Prison

Turkey leads the world in number of journalists imprisoned, with at least 81 behind bars under the Erdogan regime, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists annual census. The 259 journalists in prison worldwide is the highest number recorded since CPJ began keeping records in 1990. The Turkish journalists all face anti-state charges following an unprecedented crackdown that has shut down over 100 news outlets. 

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: January 16, 2017