The Google News Initiative is working with the Centre for Investigative Journalism to provide a new program called Access to Tools. Over the coming months, a team of expert trainers will provide up to 20 free workshops across the UK, each designed to help newsroom and freelance journalists sharpen their digital news gathering and research skills. The practical workshops will feature technology from a range of providers and include real-life examples, including how individual journalists have traced original sources.
Source: Google News Initiative
This year’s Investigative Reporters and Editors gathering was held in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend with more than 150 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations. But if you didn’t make it -- never fear! The good folks at #IRE18 have lined up tipsheets and links on everything from investigating healthcare in your town to wildlife issues, consumer investigations to tracking public records and investigating inequality as well as information on fellowships and grants for freelancers.
An independent jury has selected 12 investigative journalism projects for funding under the inaugural round of the IJ4EU fund. The fund is designed to encourage cooperative investigations that cross European borders and is supported by the European Commission and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and managed by the International Press Institute. Winners include teams of journalists investigating child abuse and neglect in Greece and Cyprus, climate change denial in the EU, corruption in cancer diagnosis and treatment in Central and Eastern Europe, the misuse of EU funds and a project investigating Hungarian public money, among others.
The Committee to Protect Journalists announced its 2018 International Press Freedom Award winners. The awardees include: Amal Khalifa Idris Habbani, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Sudanese news outlet Al-Taghyeer; Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, one of Vietnam's most prominent independent bloggers; Luz Mely Reyes, a Venezuelan investigative reporter and co-founder of the independent news website Efecto Cocuyo; and Anastasiya (Nastya) Stanko, a journalist and TV presenter who is a member of the "Stop censorship" movement in Ukraine. CPJ is also honoring Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, founder of the news website Rappler, with the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.
Nonprofit investigative journalism center ProPublica is marking its tenth anniversary with some impressive statistics. The New York City-based newsroom, now with a branch in Chicago, boasts a budget that will near $24 million this year, making it the world's largest investigative reporting nonprofit. The organization is supported primarily by foundations and over 34,000 individual donors. Its budget supports a staff of about 120, making it the largest member organization in GIJN's network.
Two Reuters journalists, arrested while reporting on human rights abuses in Myanmar, have been selected as recipients of the Don Bolles Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. The medal recognizes investigative journalists who have exhibited extraordinary courage in standing up against intimidation or efforts to suppress the truth about matters of public importance. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been imprisoned since December 2017. At the time of their arrest, thyey were investigating the September 2017 massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.