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The Tunisian Journalists Who Built a Business Model That Frees Them to Investigate

Following the 2011 Tunisian revolution, the loosening of free speech created a vibrant marketplace of ideas but investigative reporting still lagged. A group of Tunisian journalists set out to change this by founding independent media outlet Inkyfada, which has experimented with data and audio storytelling and worked hard to diversify its revenue in order to guard its independence. Layli Foroudi profiled Inkyfada for GIJN.

Case Studies

Using a Mobile Phone Survey to Investigate South Sudan’s Conflict

In South Sudan, conflict and government repression make it difficult to do on-the-ground reporting, so a team of journalists designed a mobile phone survey to gather data on forced displacement and destruction across the country. Carolyn Thompson explains why their award-winning investigation may offer lessons to others working in repressive environments or facing movement restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Reporting Tools & Tips

My Favorite Tools with Cuban Data Journalist Barbara Maseda

For our series about journalists’ favorite tools, we spoke with Barbara Maseda, the founder and editor of Proyecto Inventario, an open data platform for journalists reporting on her native Cuba. She told GIJN about the investigative tools she uses to overcome the difficulties of data reporting in and about Cuba.

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How to Pitch Your Long-form Video COVID-19 Story to Major Broadcasters

Investigative filmmaking on the coronavirus pandemic is continuing apace, despite the obstacles presented by travel restrictions, health risks, and the relentless daily news cycle. There are plenty of opportunities for journalists to work with major broadcasters, including GIJN’s new online tool to pitch commissioning editors, launched at our latest webinar on collaborative TV and video investigations.

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Managing in the Virus Year: Planning Considerations for Small, Independent Media

As the coronavirus outbreak dents media revenues, investigative nonprofits are grappling with tough issues around income and expenses. Following GIJN’s latest webinar on strategies for financial survival, entrepreneurship expert Ross Settles details the planning considerations that could help shape these difficult decisions in the months ahead.

Reporting Tools & Tips

Multilingual Journalism Could Make a Comeback. Here Are Some Tools That Might Help

New tools and industry trends are making it easier for media organizations to publish translations and localized adaptations of their work, writes Patrick Boehler, executive editor of the Swiss public broadcaster’s international service — and publishing in multiple languages helps newsrooms develop new sources and fact-check. Boehler outlines three new tools for multilingual journalism from a recent “hackathon.”

News & Analysis

COVID-19: Expert Advice on Investigative Angles

With the extraordinary measures being taken to counter the coronavirus outbreak, the work of investigative journalists scrutinizing abuses of power and exploitation of the vulnerable has never been more vital. Amid the fast-unfolding crisis, where should investigative reporters begin? GIJN asked leading journalists in our community for their advice to investigative reporters around the world.

Reporting Tools & Tips

Tips on Data, Sources, and Angles from Investigative Journalists on the COVID-19 Frontlines

Three veteran journalists on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis discuss investigative angles into the response in the first of GIJN’s webinar series, Investigating the Pandemic. Gloria Riva of l’Espresso in Italy, OCCRP Editor Drew Sullivan and GIJN Chinese Editor Joey Qi discuss the importance of source-driven investigations and dealing with disinformation and data deficits.

Reporting Tools & Tips

My Favorite Tools with AP’s Global Investigations Editor Ron Nixon

For our series about journalists’ favorite tools, we spoke with veteran American investigative reporter Ron Nixon. Now the global investigations editor for The Associated Press, Nixon shared the most important tools he uses for research, secure communications, and data analysis on many of his groundbreaking investigations.

Member Profiles

The Unknown Muckraker: Alberto Donadío

Alberto Donadío is one of the pioneers of investigative journalism in Latin America, yet he remains a largely unknown figure. GIJN spoke to Colombian journalist Juan Serrano, who has written an award-winning book about the muckraker’s life and work.