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Your Guide to GIJC13

Ready for Rio? We’ve got more than 800 journalists from 75 countries descending on Rio de Janeiro in three weeks — for the 8th Global Investigative Journalism Conference. Want to join us? There’s still plenty of room, and registration is open. Follow this story for links to register, navigate the conference site, and check the program for the big event, packed with 150 panels, workshops, and special events.

Eight Finalists Named for Global Shining Light Award

Eight finalists have been selected for consideration in the fifth Global Shining Light Award, a unique prize which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. The award will be announced and presented at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference this October 14 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner will receive an honorary certificate and $1,000.

New Site Launches for GIJC13!

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is getting close! Today, exactly 45 days before the big event, we’re launching a new website for GIJC13. You’ll find the the provisional program for the conference, packed with nearly 150 panels, workshops, and seminars. There’s also a list of expected speakers, including Pulitzer Prize winners, top data journalism specialists, security experts, and reporters from the front lines in some of the toughest, most corrupt spots in the world. With our conference app Sched, you can log-on and create a personal agenda both on your desktop and mobile platforms.

Crowdfunding Campaign Launches for GIJC13

Today GIJN launches a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. And we need your help. We’re raising funds to bring promising journalists from developing and transitioning countries to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference this October, where they’ll get training in state-of-the-art investigative reporting, data journalism, and cross-border collaboration. This is a great way to help fight corruption and stand up for accountability and transparency around the world. You can read more about it on Indiegogo. And check out our campaign video, featuring investigative reporters on the front lines in Kenya, Macedonia, Pakistan, and Tunisia.

GIJN Newsletter: New Global Guide and GIJC13 Countdown

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is getting close! Our just-released newsletter includes highlights of the planned sessions and collaborative workshops for the big October 12-15 event, as well as information on the Royal Tulip, the conference hotel. You’ll also find an update on the three major awards that will be announced in Rio. This year we received more than 60 submissions from 35 countries for the Global Shining Light Award. The competition is so keen that our judges have called it “an embarrassment of riches”. And, as usual, you’ll find the latest resources in our toolbox section, and a calendar of upcoming events.

GIJN Joined by Six New Groups from Haiti to Slovenia

Six journalism organizations from five countries are the newest members of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, the association of nonprofit groups working to spread investigative reporting around the world. They bring the GIJN’s membership to 88 groups in 40 countries.

All the new member groups are deeply engaged in reporting. They include the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Slovenia; the Washington, D.C.-based International Reporting Project; Fundación MEPI in Mexico; Northern Ireland’s The Muckraker; and two groups from the Caribbean: the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, based in Puerto Rico; and Haiti’s Ayiti Kale Je (that’s Creole for Haiti Grassroots Watch).

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Data Journalism: GIJN’s Global Guide to Resources

As our governments and businesses become increasingly flush with information, more and bigger data are becoming available from across the globe. Increasingly, investigative reporters need to know how to obtain, clean, and analyze “structured information” in this digital world. Otherwise, they and the news organizations they work for will miss some of the most important […]

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ICIJ’s Offshore Exposé: Bigger than Wikileaks’ ‘Cablegate’

It’s certainly one of the single biggest leaks of documents in the history of investigative reporting. Over the last 15 months, 86 journalists in 46 countries have been poring over a cache of 2.5 million documents on offshore holdings obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. ICIJ coordinated the investigation from DC, using a secure messaging system to communicate with a worldwide team of journalists and free-text retrieval software and programmers on three continents to mine the information from the documents.

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Digital Security

Español  Journalists are being strongly urged to protect their communications and information from growing threats. Yet several studies show that most of us in the media, despite believing the danger is real, are not adopting basic protections. The Rory Peck Foundation issued a Digital Security Guide aimed at freelancers, stressing that “even taking small, simple […]

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SCOOP Celebrates 10 Years

Longtime GIJN member SCOOP, based in Denmark, is a cross-border network of investigative journalists who help fund projects, connect reporters for collaboration, and organize conferences and trainings. On SCOOP’s 10th anniversary, our colleagues there put together an impressive list of activities, awards, and events, which we’re reprinting here in full.

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Investigative Journalism’s Key Role in Deterring Fraud

For five-and-a-half-months, a team of European journalists has researched, at the behest of the European Parliament, the critical role that investigative journalism can play in deterring fraud in the European Union. Their nearly 300-page report, released today in Brussels, is a landmark study that makes a powerful case for the contribution that investigative reporting makes “to greater transparency on this issue, tracking irregularities, fraud and corruption, and uncovering misspending on different levels and scales in the EU member states and the EU institutions.”

Global Network News — Sept. 2012

GIJN is growing! Since July the Global Network has expanded by 30 percent–we now represent 60 groups in 35 countries. Our membership includes investigative reporting centers, professional associations, and grant-making bodies.

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Crowdsourcing in investigative journalism

13. oktober 2010 17:06 [This is the first of a new GIJN feature on investigative techniques.] By Nils Mulvad Crowdsourcing is normally regarded as defined in 2006. Jeff Howe is often credited with the term “crowdsourcing” in a Wired article of June 2006, entitled “The Rise of Crowd sourcing”. Wikipedia defines it as: “Crowdsourcing is […]