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

Mexican Investigative Journalist Killed

Javier Valdez Cárdenas was shot and killed this week near the offices of Ríodoce, the local weekly he founded in 2003 in Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state. He covered drug trafficking and crime and wrote several books about the drug trade. His death follows the March murder of his colleague at La Jornada, Miroslava Breach, who was shot eight times outside her home. The New York Times recently noted that more than 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000.

Source: CPJ

Posted on: May 18, 2017

Preview: Global Conference Sessions

Here's an early look at some of the 120+ sessions we're planning for the Global Investigative Journalism Conference this Nov. in Johannesburg, South Africa. You'll find cutting-edge panels on corruption, cross-border reporting, and online search strategies, over two dozen sessions on the best data journalism, workshops on mobile journalism, security and funding, and much more.

Source: GIJN

Posted on: May 17, 2017

Human Rights Stories Awarded in Hong Kong

The 21st Human Rights Press Awards were presented at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong on Saturday. Jointly organized by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association, they are the region’s top awards for human rights reporting. Awards are given for Chinese and English language print and broadcast media. Among the winners were Hong Kong 01’s “Abuse at Care Centre for the Disabled,” Al Jazeera English's Chan Tau Chou for “Babies for Sale” and “Duterte’s War” by the Reuters team.

Source: FCC, Hong Kong

Posted on: May 16, 2017