How to Track Ships: GIJN’s Latest Resource Round-Up

More than 90,000 commercial ships make up the world’s commercial fleet, their locations closely tracked and the resulting data available for free. GIJN has compiled a comprehensive list of resources to track ships, along with some investigative reports which used ship tracking to expose various stories.

Can Civil’s Blockchain Save Journalism?

With a $5 million funding budget, the new platform is dreamily promising a new “canvas on which journalists can paint the future of their industry.” But it isn’t clear how the blockchain-based technology will generate the cold hard cash needed to sustain the industry’s revenue-starved publications, writes Rowan Philp for GIJN.

Al Jazeera Analyzed 6,500 Homepage Images. Here’s What They Learned

Using image analysis tools on their own means nothing without asking the right questions. AJ Labs experimented with Google Vision API, a machine-learning technology, to analyze images used by Al Jazeera over the course of last year. They hope to integrate the technology into their newsroom in the future to make processes easier for their journalists.

Who Maps the World?

OpenStreetMap is the self-proclaimed Wikipedia of maps. It’s a free and open-source sketch of the globe, created by a volunteer pool that essentially crowdsources the map, tracing parts of the world that haven’t yet been logged. But despite its democratic aims, it’s still much like the mapping world overall — overwhelmingly dominated by male cartographers. That’s starting to change.

The New Journalist: 13 Media Sites to Keep You in the Know

There is a growing number of media and journalism schools and research centers investigating new trends, helping to understand digital disruption and its impact. With their newsletters, websites and interactive online training, they can inform you about inspiring innovations, share academic research, spot threats, provoke critical thinking, highlight valuable journalistic endeavors and report on moves in the industry that will affect how stories reach people. Here are 13 you don’t want to miss.

Does Your Newsroom Need a Product Manager?

In the midst of a slew of emerging newsroom titles, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering a free, four-week online product management for journalists course from October 16. Professor Cindy Royal talked to GIJN about the essential role many newsrooms didn’t even know they’d been missing.