SEO Crash Course: How to Optimize Your News Website

Search engine optimization is particularly important when a publisher’s content solely exists online. Optimizing your stories for SEO for a digital-only news site is like placing the newspaper on the front row of the newsstand, face up. Emily Roseman has tips for your newsroom on how best to implement SEO optimization.

New on GIJN: Resources for Finding and Using Satellite Imagery

Satellite are being used by journalists to report on conflicts, climate change, refugees, forest fires, illegal mining, oil spills, deforestation, slavery and many other topics. GIJN’s resource page provides official sources for free satellite images and links to experts who can advise on finding images, using them, handling technical issues and more.

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.