New Video Series: Making Investigative Journalism Sustainable

GIJN added a new video series this week, Making Investigative Journalism Sustainable: Best Business Practices. This set of key tips features 10 leading journalists and experts from around the world who are either working to build viable organizations around investigative journalism or work as experts to support these enterprises. Despite their very different contexts, similar themes emerge from these experts -- know your audience, diversify revenue sources, find your own niche, and don’t try to do too many things at once. Also make sure you have a robust business plan and can run your organization effectively, don’t give up on fundraising, and commit to fundraising well.

Source: GIJN

Posted on: February 19, 2020

New US Guide: How to Win Journalism Grants

This US-centered guide walks media groups through the process of landing grants for journalism projects and capturing the interest of the growing pool of funders interested in supporting news. While written for an American audience, it includes helpful points like finding grants that fit your organization’s goals, building relationships with funders, and crafting effective grant applications. Also included: how to handle grant rejection, how to draft a budget, and a glossary of philanthropy terms.

Source: Better News

Posted on: February 18, 2020

France Probes Financing Around Journalist’s Killing

France opened a preliminary investigation of shady French finance trails involving unnamed individuals who are suspected of a role in the killing of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The investigation will try to establish if monies in France helped support corrupt foreign public officials. A statement from the prosecutors did not specify if the corrupt foreign officials in question were from Malta, but said the French anti-corruption office would cooperate closely with Maltese authorities. The investigation came after the slain journalist's family and Reporters Without Borders filed a complaint in France.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: February 14, 2020

April Stories for Covering Climate Now: Climate Solutions

Covering Climate Now -- the joint initiative of The Nation and Columbia Journalism Review, which now has more than 400 news outlet partners -- drove a major increase in climate coverage in September by collaborating on one week of stories in the lead-up to the UN Climate Action Summit. This week the group announced its next week of collaborative coverage for April 19-26, chosen to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. The theme is "climate solutions" and includes emphasizing coverage of technological fixes such as solar panels or sea walls, but also efforts to put a price on carbon or halt fossil fuel subsidies.

Source: Covering Climate Now

Posted on: February 12, 2020

Microsoft Tool Helps Journalists Collaborate on Large Datasets

Microsoft's new Content Insights and Discovery Accelerator, or IDA, can analyze hundreds of thousands documents or long video footage within seconds. Combining artificial intelligence, object vision, and optical character recognition, IDA can analyze pages and extract text, images, and other key data. It also helps journalists search long videos, identifying faces or keywords, and provides searchable footage transcript. IDA is 80% developed and the other 20% is customizable with your own developer so you can add features or data for analytics that matter the most to your reporting.


Posted on: February 11, 2020

New Tool for Journalists to Spot Doctored Images

On Tuesday, Jigsaw, a company that develops cutting-edge tech and is owned by Google’s parent, unveiled a free tool that researchers said could help journalists spot doctored photographs — even ones created with the help of artificial intelligence. Jigsaw, known as Google Ideas when it was founded, said it was testing the tool, called Assembler, with more than a dozen news and fact-checking organizations around the world. They include Animal Politico in Mexico, Rappler in the Philippines and Agence France-Presse. It does not plan to offer the tool to the public.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: February 6, 2020

Countries Show Little to No Improvement in Tackling Corruption

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) scores 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people. The CPI 2019 reveals a staggering number of countries are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption. Their analysis also suggests that reducing big money in politics and promoting inclusive political decision-making are essential to curb corruption. The index uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43. The report is available in English, Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish.

Source: Transparency International

Posted on: January 31, 2020

Dos Santos to Sue ICIJ over Luanda Leaks

Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos said on Monday she was launching legal action against the ICIJ and its media partners over the publication of thousands of documents about her business empire. Dos Santos, whose father Jose Eduardo dos Santos was Angola’s president for 38 years until 2017, said the documents released last week by the ICIJ and its media partners were part of a “concerted and intense campaign” against her. Angola has named dos Santos as a suspect over alleged mismanagement and misappropriation of funds while she was chairwoman of state oil firm Sonangol in 2016-2017. She has denied the allegations.

Source: Reuters

Posted on: January 28, 2020

40+ Groups Condemn Brazil Charges Against Intercept’s Greenwald

More than 40 press freedom and human rights groups worldwide have sent a letter to Brazilian authorities condemning cybercrime charges brought against American Glenn Greenwald this week, branding them a blatant attempt to intimidate Greenwald and other journalists by President Jair Bolsonaro's government. "The government has essentially criminalized engaging in legitimate journalistic practices, which threatens to have a chilling effect on journalists and sources alike," the statement warned.  

Source: RSF

Posted on: January 25, 2020

Philip Meyer Award Winners Announced

A sophisticated investigation that used machine learning to track hidden evidence connected to the opioid epidemic is the first-place winner in the 2019 Philip Meyer Journalism Awards, which will be presented on March 7 in New Orleans during the 2020 NICAR Conference. Other top awards go to investigations that uncovered substantial fire risks to communities in the West and tracked the causes of a refugee crisis in South Sudan. The Meyer Award recognizes the best uses of empirical methods in journalism, and honors Philip Meyer, professor emeritus and former Knight Chair of journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Source: IRE

Posted on: January 24, 2020