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Covering the Extractive Industries

Mineral extraction plays a dominant role in many economies and in the lives of billions of people. How can reporters dig into the benefits and costs? 

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GIJN has compiled a comprehensive list of national, regional, and global reporting grants and fellowships focused on opportunities available to international journalists.



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Russian Court Sentences WSJ Reporter Evan Gershkovich to 16 Years in Prison

Source: Wall Street Journal

After a three-day secret trial, a Russian court sentenced Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich to 16 years in prison for espionage, charges that both he and the Journal have vehemently denied. Gershkovich has been in Russian custody for the past 16 months, having been detained after reporting on the struggles of the Russian defense industry in the wake of the country's invasion of Ukraine. At no point has the Russian government produced any public evidence that Gershkovich is a spy or linking him to a foreign government's intelligence agency.

El Faro Reporter Wins Maria Moors Cabot Prize

Source: El Faro

Carlos Martínez, journalist at GIJN member El Faro, recently won the 2024 Maria Moors Cabot Prize, which has recognized outstanding reporting in the Americas since 1938. Martinez is the third member of the Salvadoran news outlet to win the award, following El Faro Editor-in-Chief Carlos Dada, who was honored in 2011, and current Executive Editor Óscar Martínez, who was recognized in 2016. In a statement about Martínez's reporting, the Cabot Prize jury wrote: “His coverage of the expansion of gang activity is mandatory reading for anyone who wants to understand how criminal networks are devastating Central America, and how their influence is spreading across Mexico and the United States."

Media, Civil Society Organizations Urge Israel for Access to Gaza

Source: CPJ

More than 70 media and civil society organizations spanning 27 countries — including the Associated Press, BBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, as well as the IWMF and GIJN — have signed an open letter asking Israel to allow journalists access to Gaza. The letter points out that no independent media access has been permitted since the start of the war in October 2024, allowing disinformation to flourish, putting domestic journalists in danger, and making information from Gaza hard to obtain and verify. The letter was coordinated by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

IPI Calls for Investigation Into Killing of Mexican Journalist

Source: International Press Institute

The International Press Institute is calling for a "swift, independent, and thorough investigation" into the recent killing of journalist Víctor Alonso Morales Culebro in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. Morales Culebro, 39, was the publisher of the Facebook news site Realidades, which covered local politics and ongoing security issues in the region. He went missing on June 27 and then his body, which showed evidence of being tortured and shot, was discovered a day later. Mexico remains among the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, with nearly 50 members of the media killed there since 2000.

Pulitzer Center Opens Applications for AI Accountability Fellowships

Source: Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center is now accepting applications for the third cohort of its AI Accountability Fellowship program. This program, launched in 2022, has so far supported 18 journalists across five continents and offers up to US$20,000 in financial support as well as peer networking, mentorship, and in-depth reporting training over a 10-month period. Fellows engage in monthly virtual meetings to review progress on their reporting and share knowledge and collaborate. The deadline to apply is August 10, 2024.

Kenyan Court Rules Police Killing of Pakistani Journalist Was Unlawful

Source: Associated Press

The 2022 shooting death of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif was ruled unlawful and unconstitutional by a Kenyan court. Sharif, a well-known news presenter and investigative reporter, had fled his home country earlier that year to avoid arrest after critical coverage of Pakistani's political establishment. He was shot dead at a roadblock checkpoint by Nairobi police who initially claimed the killing was a case of mistake identity, but a separate Pakistani investigation concluded the killing was a "planned assassination." A potential criminal probe into the police officers involved is still ongoing.

Forbidden Stories Releases New Collaborative Investigation Into Targeting of Journalists in Gaza

Source: Forbidden Stories

GIJN member Forbidden Stories joined with 50 journalists from 13 news outlets to publish "The Gaza Project," an in-depth investigation into the alleged military targeting and killing of journalists working inside Gaza. Since the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas, press freedom advocates estimate that more than 100 journalists have died inside that Palestinian territory. According to Forbidden Stories, "the Gaza Project reveals a damning array of evidence against the Israeli government and calls into question their army’s denials about targeting the press since the war began."

Journalist Who Helped Spark China’s #MeToo Movement Jailed

Source: RSF

Chinese investigative journalist Huang Xueqin, a prominent voice in China's #MeToo movement, has been sentenced to five years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power.” Huang reported on gender-based harassment in the media industry and put forward the first #MeToo case in one of China’s most prestigious universities. RSF says that she has endured prolonged questioning in the "'tiger chair,' a notorious torture tool." “Huang Xueqin was only serving the public interest by shedding light on social issues and should never have been detained, not to mention tortured or sentenced to such a heavy prison term," said RSF's Asia-Pacific bureau director Cédric Alviani.

IWMF Announces 2024 Courage in Journalism Awards

Source: IWMF

The 35th edition of the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards, the principal award dedicated to women and nonbinary individuals’ contributions in the field, has recognized journalists from Ecuador, Myanmar, Palestine, and the US for reporting under duress. This year’s Wallis Annenberg Justice for Women Journalists Award, given annually to a journalist who is unjustly jailed, detained, or imprisoned, went to Burmese documentary filmmaker Shin Daewe, who was sentenced to life in prison after she was arrested for receiving film equipment. Other honorees were Lauren Chooljian (US), Maha Hussaini (Palestine), and Mónica Velásquez Villacís (Ecuador).

Ukrainian Media Speaks Out Against US Right-Wing Threats Toward

Source: Institute of Mass Information

A group of more than 70 Ukrainian independent media organizations issued a statement of support for Following Texty's nodal analysis piece last week examining political and media figures in the US that have opposed military aid to Ukraine or expressed sympathy for Russia's invasion, the Ukrainian data journalism site was verbally targeted by numerous US conservatives, including GOP Members of Congress who threatened the site's funding, while X owner Elon Musk said Texty should be listed as a "terrorist" organization. "A coordinated attack on independent media undermines the core principles of a democratic society," the statement said.

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Tips for Using Data in a Small Newsroom

Small newsrooms need to focus on the importance of data use more than ever — but they often face numerous hurdles, including a lack of funding and limited human resources.



Our first regional spotlight series celebrates the achievements of our members in Latin America and others reporting from the region. These articles tell the stories of reporters across the continent, digging into the investigations that matter, and detailing how outlets are creating innovative reporting projects amid their own specific local challenges.

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2024 Elections

Global elections in the year ahead will affect more citizens than in any previous year, and will likely reset humanity’s liberty compass for years ahead. This ongoing project will feature an updated elections reporting guide, stories on cutting-edge tools for investigating campaigns and candidates, and lessons learned from the best in local watchdog reporting from […]

GIJC23 conference investigative journalism Gothenburg Sweden


The 13th Global Investigative Journalism Conference (#GIJC23), held in Gothenburg, Sweden from Sept. 19 – 22, 2023, gathered more than 2,100 journalists from 132 countries to hold workshops, share innovative methods, and celebrate a community increasingly facing censorship, corporate hacking, and authoritarian threats. This project is a compendium of GIJN’s coverage of the conference panels.


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Investigating Latin America’s Global Reach Of Illicit Activities

In today’s global landscape, tracing the path of illicit money has become a critical skill for reporters. Join GIJN for a webinar tailored for investigative journalists who have unraveled intricate webs of misconduct that start in Latin America but impact communities around the world. This session delves into stories about deforestation, drugs, and mining, providing […]

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Investigating the Extractives Industry in Africa

Africa is home to a substantial amount of the global mineral wealth. The continent, according to the Natural Resource Governance Institute, holds about 30% of the world’s oil, gas, and mineral resources. This includes up to 92% of the world’s platinum and chromium reserves, 56% of cobalt, 54% of manganese, and 40% of its gold. […]

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Investigating the Israel Hamas Conflict

Seven months into the conflict between Israel and Hamas, journalists carrying out their work in the region have faced unparalleled challenges. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, as of April 9th, preliminary investigations show at least 95 journalists and media workers were among the more than 34,000 estimated killed since the conflict began on […]