Beyond Page Views: How to Use Metrics that Matter

There are lots of different tools to measure analytics in the newsroom, but Google Analytics is one of the most widely used. Plus it’s free. Here are some ideas to help those working in organizations that don’t have access to expensive audience monitoring services to move beyond page views to measure the success of their digital content. A GIJN original.

Document of the Day: US Blacklist of Russian Oligarchs

The US Treasury Department hit Russian oligarchs and their companies with a host of new sanctions today, zeroing in on the country’s energy sector and cronies of President Vladimir Putin. Among those blacklisted: seven oligarchs, 12 companies and 17 senior government officials, including metals magnate Oleg Deripaska, who is tied in media reports to Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Here’s a look at the actual documents.

Journalism’s Deep Web: 7 Tips on Using OCCRP Data

OCCRP Data, part of the Investigative Dashboard, offers journalists a shortcut to the deep web. It now has over 170 public sources and more than 100 million leads for public search – news archives, court documents, leaks and grey literature encompassing UK parliamentary inquiries, companies and procurement databases, NGO reports and even CIA rendition flights, among other choice reading.

How They Did It: The Real Russian Journalists Who Exposed the Troll Factory in St. Petersburg

The reason we know so much about Russian disinformation operations targeting the United States is that some Russian journalists are very good at their jobs. What the world learned about these trolls, it turns out, came not from social media firms, governments or Western media, but from enterprising Russian journalists. Here’s how they first uncovered the Russian troll factory.

How to Write for GIJN

The Global Investigative Journalism Network is always on the lookout for contributors interested in writing stories about innovation in journalism, as well as tips, tools and how-tos around investigative reporting. Experts in investigative journalism, journalists who write about media, academics in media studies, media trainers as well as GIJN members are encouraged to contribute.

Document of the Day: Bellingcat’s Open Source Digital Forensics Tools

Bellingcat, a UK-based open source and social media investigation site, put together a seriously impressive comprehensive list of open source verification and research tools. It includes satellite and mapping services, tools for verifying photos and videos, websites to archive hyperlinks and much more. Dig in!

نصائح لتغطية قضايا العمالة في عمان

English

الدليل الكامل

البيئة الإعلامية
– تكفل المؤسسات العمانية حرية التعبير. لكن في ظل وجود قيود صارمة على مهنة الصحافة -كالتي يشملها قانون الصحافة والنشر لسنة 1984- فإن الصحفيين مهددون داخل الدولة التي تحظر التشهير بالأسرة الحاكمة. 
– يجب على الصحفيين والقنوات الإعلامية الحصول على التصاريح اللازمة لمزاولة نشاطهم. ومن المحتمل سحب هذه التصاريح في حالات مخالفة قانون الصحافة. كما يجب أن يحصل الصحفيون الأجانب على تراخيص من دار النشر
– أضاف قانون الاتصالات السلكية واللاسلكية لعام 2002 قيودًا أخرى على وسائل الإعلام الإلكترونية، إذ تخضع كافة أشكال الاتصال الإلكتروني للمراقبة، كما يمكن مقاضاة أصحابها حال مخالفتهم للنظام العام والأخلاقيات.  
– غالبا ما يمارس الصحفيون رقابة ذاتية على أنفسهم خشية التعرض للتهديدات والاعتقال و للعقوبات المالية. تقفي الأخبار والقصص الصحفية المتصلة بالعمالة
– بإمكانك أن تجد القصص الصحافية حول العمل القسري عن طريق إنشاء علاقات وطيدة بسفارات بعض الدول مثل الهند ونيبال وسريلانكا وباكستان وبنجلاديش والفلبين.

Tips for Working in Bahrain

Full guide here. العربية

Media Environment
The Bahraini constitution guarantees  freedom of expression and the press, excluding opinions that undermine the fundamental beliefs of Islam or the “unity of the people” and those that promote “discord or sectarianism.” However, the Law of Press, Printing and Publishing of 2002 is used to restrict free speech.; Law 47/2002 includes 17 categories of offenses, three of which allow for prison sentences. The freedom of expression climate in Bahrain has changed significantly since 2011, when protests influenced by the “Arab Spring” started taking place. The Bahraini authorities responded by prosecuting journalists and critics that covered political events or reflected the voices of protesters and voices of dissent.

Key Terms

Full guide here. العربية

Forced labor, human trafficking and undocumented migration are prevalent across the globe. In the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, specific and shared characteristics of labor and migration laws and practices facilitate forced labor and human trafficking. Definitions
Forced Labor. All work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty or coercion, and for which the said person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily. The threat of penalty may include arrest or jail, refusal to pay wages, forbidding a worker from traveling freely, confiscating worker’s identity documents and withholding part of a worker’s salary as part of the repayment of a loan.

Tips for Working in Kuwait

Full guide here. العربية

Media Environment
Freedom of speech in Kuwait is protected according to Articles 36 and 37 in the country’s constitution. However, that freedom is limited according to what is “specified by the law.”

Criticizing the Emir of Kuwait is illegal and could lead to more than five years in prison, physical abuse, extreme interrogation or badeportation. It is also illegal to publish work that insults Islam, the prophets or God. Publishing work that discusses them negatively could lead to more than a $50,000 fine and a year (or more) in prison.