Print outlets around the world have been hit hard by the impact of the coronavirus, according to a new report from the Reuters Institute at Oxford. The annual Digital News Report said the crisis had “hastened the demise of printed newspapers… as advertisers take fright in the face of a global economic downturn.” The report found that the introduction of subscription and membership models had accelerated in the last year and that trust in the news had grown. This year the media landscapes in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, Colombia, and Peru were examined for the first time, with GIJN members Reporters United (Greece), AmaBhungane (South Africa), and IDL-Reporteros and Ojo Público (Peru) all mentioned.
Source: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Four courageous journalists from around the world have been selected as the winners of the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2021 International Press Freedom Award. Belarusian investigative reporter Katsiaryna Barysevich was honored after spending months in prison after her coverage of anti-government protests. Guatemalan radio journalist Anastasia Mejía endured police harassment for her critical reporting on her local mayor. Matías Guente, executive editor of an independent weekly newspaper in Mozambique, was recognized for standing up against relentless official intimidation tactics, including the firebombing of his newsroom. And Aye Chan Naing, chief editor of Democratic Voice of Burma, has faced intense, ongoing threats in the wake of the military coup and subsequent crackdown on the press in Myanmar. CPJ will honor its four winners on November 18, 2021. To learn more about the award winners and to watch the ceremony, visit ipfa.cpj.org.
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
The Sigma Awards announced this year's top honors for the best in data journalism. Out of a total of 545 projects from 68 countries, 13 winners were chosen and seven other submissions were given citations. Among the recognized organizations were four GIJN members: KLOOP (Kyrgyzstan), Convoca (Germany), and Correctiv (Peru) each won a $5,000 top prize, while KRIK (Serbia) was recognized with a citation. Other winning projects included a BuzzFeed exposé on Chinese government oppression of ethnic Muslims (which also won a Pulitzer Prize last week), an Australian Broadcast Corporation News series about nationwide police failures in handling sexual assault cases, and a data visualization tool produced by a small Brazilian fact-checking site that tracked the country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the full list of winners, which can be sorted by region or team size.
Source: Sigma Awards
The Society of Professional Journalists just updated its Journalist's Toolbox for scraping and cleaning data. The list is a clearinghouse of helpful links and resources for pulling data off the web, searching Google apps, and organizing and formatting information. It also includes numerous data visualization tools and coding resources, as well as several YouTube videos on how to get the most out of the the training.
Source: Society of Professional Journalists
The 2021 Pulitzer Prizes were announced last Friday, highlighting some of the best investigative reporting in the US during the past year. The national reporting award went to a multi-news organization exposé — which has also been featured in GIJN — that examined the cost of police dog maulings around the country. In international reporting, online site BuzzFeed News won its first Pulitzer for an in-depth examination of the Chinese government's mass detention and oppression of ethnic Muslims. And a reporting team from Reuters was awarded the explanatory journalism prize for an exhaustive data analysis of federal court cases, which revealed how the legal doctrine of "qualified immunity" helps protect law enforcement agencies accused of misconduct or excessive force from prosecution.
Source: Columbia University
In a major victory for protection of a free press, Brazil's Supreme Court held the government responsible if journalists are injured by security forces while covering demonstrations. The lop-sided decision -- the judges ruled 10 to 1 -- looked at the case of photographer Alex da Silveira, who lost sight in one eye from a rubber bullet fired by São Paulo Military Police during a May 2000 protest. Article 19 and GIJN member Abraji filed amicus briefs in the trial. Attorney Monica Filgueiras da Silva Galvão, who represented Abraji, said that the decision clearly establishes that journalists, when covering demonstrations, act in the public interest and are protected by the liability of the State. "It is a decision," declared Filgueiras, "that recognizes the essential role of the press in a democratic regime."