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GIJN Welcomes 9 New Members – from Lebanon to Indonesia

GIJN is delighted to welcome nine new member organizations – a diverse group of nonprofit newsrooms from eight countries that are bravely holding individuals and institutions to account in tough press environments. These admissions now grow GIJN’s global network to 244 member organizations in 90 countries.


News & Analysis

Three Years On: How Journalists Have Dug into Every Aspect of the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the past three years since the first known case of COVID-19 was identified, watchdog reporters around the world have taken on one of the most difficult and deadly investigative topics in modern history. Here, we look back at some of the most innovative and impactful stories written about the pandemic and its consequences.

News & Analysis

2022 Double Exposure Festival: ‘Death of Democracy’ Films Point to a Growing Threat

Films that captured ‘the death of democracy’ headlined the 2022 Double Exposure documentary festival in the US. In a parallel symposium, investigative reporters and directors stressed the importance of visual storytelling to describe the current, global erosion of democratic freedoms, and shared tips on how to capture this mass theft of human rights.

Reporting Tools & Tips

Investigating Toxic Military Bases and Their Links to Cancer

Rare cancers among military veterans are increasingly linked to earlier chemical dumping and burn pits at old bases. In this piece, three Associated Press reporters share tips on exposing these links, based on their year-long investigation into a former US military base.

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Data Journalism

4 Things Data Journalists Need to Know about Standard Deviation

Data journalists often encounter the term “standard deviation” when reading research, from climate change studies to social science papers. This tipsheet explains how researchers use this measure, and how reporters can benefit from the context it provides.

Data Journalism

Data Journalism Pioneers at Work Across Southeast Asia

Despite the threats posed by misinformation and limited funding, grassroots efforts to build skills and literacy in data journalism and data visualization are bearing fruit in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines — a trend sparked partly by a hunger for information around COVID-19.

Reporting Tools & Tips

How to Land — and ‘Nail’ — the Accountability Interview: Tips from Recent Investigations

Officials and executives who are under intense scrutiny often dodge interviews with journalists. Here, four veteran investigative reporters share tips on how to land and ‘nail’ tough accountability interviews, based on experiences from their recent investigative projects.

Reporting Tools & Tips

GIJN Toolbox: Hunting for Secret Money and Financial Conflicts of Interest

In this edition of GIJN Toolbox, we profile three brand new — or newly expanded — tools to dig into financial secrecy and hidden gains from corruption or crime. Our list includes a user-friendly database to search for sanctions and conflict-of-interest red flags, a site that uses an algorithm to detect hidden bank accounts, and a newly expanded database on the true owners of offshore companies.

News & Analysis

Nobel Winner Muratov: Be an Investigative Reporter, and Fight for a Better World

In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Russia’s leading independent media outlet, Novaya Gazeta, said: “The award today goes to the entire community of investigative journalists.” Four days later — in a webinar interview with GIJN — Muratov set out the true stakes for investigative journalists who now share that high honor.

Reporting Tools & Tips

Double Exposure Film Fest Showcases Documentary Tradecraft

When 32 outstanding investigative documentaries were showcased at the Double Exposure Festival last week, one common question for attendees was this: How on Earth did the filmmakers persuade all these people to let their video cameras in? Three of the filmmakers shared their access tips.