Document of the Day: Online Pest Control for Journalists

It is unfortunately becoming easier and easier to harass journalists online through the use of technology such as bots, with the intent to intimidate and silence truth-tellers. These attacks can be relentless and if left unchecked, can be a real threat to journalists’ mental health and reputation. To deal with these online “pests,” TrollBusters created an infographic that offers clear steps on how to deal with various types of cyberviolence ranging from doxing to sexually explicit photos.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: ICIJ’s Datashare, Visualization Talkies, Kyrgyzstan Labor

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from February 4 to 10 finds exciting releases with a document analysis tool by @ICIJorg and an audio-driven visualization tool by @f_l_o_u_r_i_s_h, while @kloopnews highlights domestic labour imbalance in Kyrgyzstan and @davidottewell emphasizes that data journalism is not just for nerds in a corner.

Where Do ProPublica’s Investigative Reporters Find Their Story Ideas?

A reader asked ProPublica Illinois how the media organization finds new story ideas. Reporter Jodi S. Cohen, who was just as curious as the reader, spoke to her colleagues to find out where they got their inspiration. From fleshing out ideas found in other colleagues’ stories to digging into data anomalies, and even paying extra attention to an idle truck parked at an abandoned gas station, their answers show that there are a myriad of ways in which inspiration for your next big story could strike.

Global Conference: Call for Research Papers/Abstracts

The 11th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, scheduled for this September 26-29 in Hamburg, Germany, will feature an academic research track. Journalism professors and researchers worldwide are invited to submit research paper abstracts highlighting trends, challenges, teaching methodologies, new developments and best practices in investigative and data journalism. Abstracts are due April 8, 2019.