What are you looking for? Usernames? Email addresses? Geolocation tools? Language translations? Malicious file analysis? The OSINT Framework might be just what you need to start your search. Focused on gathering information from free tools or resources, its creator, Justin Nordine, has organized these mostly-free OSINT tools and resources into easy-to-find categories. Nordine notes that, “Some of the sites included might require registration or offer more data for $$$, but you should be able to get at least a portion of the available information for no cost.” You'll definitely want to check this out.
Source: OSINT Framework
News that the over-budget Intercept, a nonprofit newsroom founded by tech billionaire Pierre Omidyar, is cutting staff -- including its entire research team -- has prompted critics to complain. “I am sickened,” Intercept co-founder Laura Poitras reportedly emailed. Perhaps more striking is that the publication is cutting reporting staff while keeping top salaries that are almost unheard of in nonprofit journalism. Co-founder Glenn Greenwald received over $1.6 million from 2014 to 2017, according to tax records, including $369,847 in 2017. Intercept top editor Betsy Reed hauled in $368,249 in 2007, while Jeremy Scahill, another cofounder, earned $349,826 in 2015.
Last week, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released their analysis, “Gauging the Global Impacts of the ‘Panama Papers’ Three Years Later.” The research is the first comprehensive overview of the impacts of a global reporting collaboration. The Panama Papers grew to involve 500 reporters in nearly 90 different countries, resulting in 4,700 stories by the end of 2016. Using impacts self-reported by journalists over three years, researchers found that nearly 20% of countries tracked have made substantive changes and that one-in-five countries or international bodies have made substantive legal, regulatory or policy changes due to the reporting.
Source: Reuters Institute
In 2017, the Google News Lab launched the Data GIF Maker tool to make it easy for users to make simple visuals that compare two terms. Their latest update, released earlier this month, allows people to create visuals with up to three terms or issues using their classic “rectangle” GIF. Their “racetrack” GIF is great for showing different terms speed along a racecourse layout. With “circles,” the higher the number, the bigger the circle. They’ve also made a few changes to make it even easier for you to create polished data visualizations in under a minute, with a simpler interface and quicker creation of the GIFs. Trust us, try this.
Source: Google News Lab
Registration is now open for the 11th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Held from September 26 to 29, this year's Global Investigative Journalism Conference is being co-hosted by GIJN, Netzwerk Recherche and Interlink Academy. GIJC19 will feature over 150 exciting panels, workshops and networking sessions, ranging from cross-border collaboration and corruption to advanced data analysis. We will have special tracks on documentaries, sustainability strategies, safety and security, and more. Be sure to secure your ticket early. For more information, please check our conference website on gijc2019.org, starting with our FAQs.
The 25th Computer Assisted Reporting conference was held in Newport Beach, California from March 7-10. While session materials and data from panels, demos and hands-on classes at the 2019 CAR Conference can be found on the IRE website, veteran editorial data and analytics specialist Sharon Machlis put together a nifty, searchable table of all presentation and tipsheets, so you can easily search their goldmine of panels and workshops by name, presenter, type and tags.