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The Forensic Methods Reporters Are Using to Reveal Attacks by Security Forces

The excessive force used against anti-racism protesters around the world, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in the US, reveals the need for more visual forensic skills in newsrooms to hold police to account. GIJN identified 12 tools and 12 methods that proved effective in several recent investigations that exposed harm done by security forces.

Reporting Tools & Tips

GIJN Masterclass with Paul Myers: Online Research Tips for Digging into the Pandemic and Beyond

In a GIJN masterclass webinar presented to 700 journalists from 94 countries, BBC internet research expert Paul Myers described the open source tools, syntax tricks, and search techniques that can help unearth elusive content, images, and social media posts. Myers cited searches for information on COVID-19 in numerous examples, and stressed the need for logical thought in order to unlock the power of advanced search tools.

My Favorite Tools with Katherine Eban

For our series about journalists’ favorite tools, we spoke with Katherine Eban, who has won awards for her work on gun trafficking, pharmaceutical counterfeits, and CIA interrogations. She described some of the low-tech tools and old-school strategies that have helped her break major stories on the COVID-19 pandemic.

News & Analysis

How to Tackle the Global Undercount in COVID-19 Deaths: Reporters Offer Tips and Techniques

Around the world, official death tolls from the pandemic have been compromised by data lags, lack of testing, and sometimes deliberate distortions, leading to significant undercounts. In response, investigative reporters are using new tools and creative approaches to provide a clearer picture of direct and indirect deaths associated with the pandemic, and to hold governments accountable for inadequate responses.

Tips for Investigating COVID-19 in Africa

Africa’s investigative journalists are playing a critical role in unpacking the continent’s expanding pandemic and have already snapped some governments out of their early complacency on COVID-19 preparedness. However, amid warnings about the potential impact of the virus on the continent’s 1.1 billion citizens, four leading African journalists shared strategies for coverage in this critical time in a webinar attended by reporters from 57 countries.

Why Reporters Need to Carefully Assess the Evidence on COVID-19

Reporters investigating the coronavirus pandemic are confronted with a mountain of medical research papers, statistical models, and government figures that purport to be true. But experts insist that even investigative journalists without health backgrounds can readily assess their truthfulness and relevance, if they follow the right principles and tools.

Reporting Tools & Tips

6 Tips for Using Open Source Tools When Reporting from Home

The use of open source tools, user-generated content, and advanced search filters has allowed reporters to break major stories on the COVID-19 pandemic from home quarantine. In a recent GIJN webinar, three investigative researchers shared key insights on the tools and techniques that have unearthed facts and visuals beyond the reach of traditional field reporting.