Free “OSINT” Tools and Resources

Here's another good aggregation of mostly free tools and resources, grouped under the increasingly popular term OSINT (open-source intelligence). Includes ways to search usernames, email addresses, also geolocation tools, language translations, and malicious file analysis. Its creator, Justin Nordine, has organized them into easy-to-find categories. Notes Nordine: “Some of the sites included might require registration or offer more data for $$$, but you should be able to get at least a portion of the available information for no cost.”

Source: OSINT Framework

Posted on: March 20, 2019

Amid Cuts, Intercept Salaries Stay Huge

News that the over-budget Intercept, a nonprofit newsroom founded by tech billionaire Pierre Omidyar, is cutting staff -- including its entire research team -- has prompted critics to complain. “I am sickened,” Intercept co-founder Laura Poitras reportedly emailed. Perhaps more striking is that the publication is cutting reporting staff while keeping top salaries that are almost unheard of in nonprofit journalism. Co-founder Glenn Greenwald received over $1.6 million from 2014 to 2017, according to tax records, including $369,847 in 2017. Intercept top editor Betsy Reed hauled in $368,249 in 2007, while Jeremy Scahill, another cofounder, earned $349,826 in 2015.

Source: CJR

Posted on: March 18, 2019

Factsheet Released on Panama Papers Impact

Last week, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released their analysis, “Gauging the Global Impacts of the ‘Panama Papers’ Three Years Later.” The research is the first comprehensive overview of the impacts of a global reporting collaboration. The Panama Papers grew to involve 500 reporters in nearly 90 different countries, resulting in 4,700 stories by the end of 2016. Using impacts self-reported by journalists over three years, researchers found that nearly 20% of countries tracked have made substantive changes and that one-in-five countries or international bodies have made substantive legal, regulatory or policy changes due to the reporting.

Source: Reuters Institute

Posted on: March 18, 2019

Try This Tool: Updated Data GIF Maker

In 2017, the Google News Lab launched the Data GIF Maker tool to make it easy for users to make simple visuals that compare two terms. Their latest update, released earlier this month, allows people to create visuals with up to three terms or issues using their classic “rectangle” GIF. Their “racetrack” GIF is great for showing different terms speed along a racecourse layout. With “circles,” the higher the number, the bigger the circle. They’ve also made a few changes to make it even easier for you to create polished data visualizations in under a minute, with a simpler interface and quicker creation of the GIFs. Trust us, try this.

Source: Google News Lab

Posted on: March 14, 2019

Registration for GIJC19 in Hamburg Now Open

Registration is now open for the 11th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Held from September 26 to 29, this year's Global Investigative Journalism Conference is being co-hosted by GIJN, Netzwerk Recherche and Interlink Academy. GIJC19 will feature over 150 exciting panels, workshops and networking sessions, ranging from cross-border collaboration and corruption to advanced data analysis. We will have special tracks on documentaries, sustainability strategies, safety and security, and more. Be sure to secure your ticket early. For more information, please check our conference website on, starting with our FAQs.

Source: GIJN

Posted on: March 11, 2019

Check Out Tipsheets from NICAR 2019

The 25th Computer Assisted Reporting conference was held in Newport Beach, California from March 7-10. While session materials and data from panels, demos and hands-on classes at the 2019 CAR Conference can be found on the IRE website, veteran editorial data and analytics specialist Sharon Machlis put together a nifty, searchable table of all presentation and tipsheets, so you can easily search their goldmine of panels and workshops by name, presenter, type and tags.


Posted on: March 11, 2019

Women’s Day: Our Jailed Colleagues

For International Women's Day, the Committee to Protect Journalists has highlighted the cases of female journalists jailed around the world in retaliation for their work. At least 33 of the 251 journalists in jail at the time of CPJ's prison census are women. At least one of those — Turkish reporter and artist Zehra Dogan — was released in February after serving a sentence on anti-state charges. The four female journalists jailed in Saudi Arabia were detained over their criticism of the kingdom's ban on women driving.

Source: CPJ

Posted on: March 8, 2019

US Border Officials Tracked Journalists

An NBC investigation revealed that US Customs and Border Protection officials compiled a list of 59 journalists, attorneys and activists for agents to question when trying to cross the US-Mexico border. The list includes 10 journalists, seven of whom are US citizens. Officials told NBC News that those on the list were present during violence that broke out at the border in November. One of the journalists named is Kitra Cahana, a freelance photojournalist whose work has been featured in The New York Times and National Geographic. She told NBC San Diego that “the uncertainty of having an alert placed on your passport and not knowing where and when that's going to prevent you from doing your work is really problematic.”

Source: NBC News

Posted on: March 7, 2019

Tips on Crafting a Great Pitch

“Get used to being rejected.” That’s the first piece of advice Aleszu Bajak, a lecturer at Northeastern’s School of Journalism, offers up to freelancers. Bajak’s slides outline tips for effective pitch emails, including information on what the point of the pitch is, why it is relevant now, why you are the person to write it, what sources and data you have, how much space you’ll need and why the story is important for the publication to cover. Bajak, who has freelanced for some top publications, reminds freelancers that the pitch should be well-written without any typos or grammatical errors, but does not have to be overly formal.

Source: Storybench

Posted on: March 7, 2019

New Report on Global South Media Startups

Researchers at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs spoke to 26 outlets from the Global South between July and December 2018, asking editors and founders to describe their business models and to reflect on their mission, their successes and failures and how they survive. Among others, they spoke to Daily Maverick (South Africa), Frontier Myanmar (Myanmar), Himal Southasian (recently forced out of Nepal and now based in Sri Lanka), Malaysiakini (Malaysia), Oxpeckers (covering Southern Africa), and Sin Embargo (Mexico). Researchers found that, despite breaking news, having impact and planting themselves firmly in their local communities, the outlets are mostly still dependent on donor funding.

Source: CIMA

Posted on: March 6, 2019