Data Journalism Awards Open for Entries

The Sigma Awards, which celebrate the best data journalism from around the world, are open for entry. Last years’ winners included the OCCRP, the Guardian, and partners for The Troika Laundromat project and Peru’s Ojo Publico for its anti-corruption algorithm, FUNES. Journalists have until February 1 to submit their work.

Source: Sigma

Posted on: November 30, 2020

Ecuador: Journalist Gets Prison for COVID Report

In a move that points to continued problems with criminal libel laws, Ecuadorian authorities convicted a local broadcast journalist for criticizing a governor over the lack of coronavirus tests for poor people. Juan Sarmiento faces 10 days in prison for making “expressions of discredit or dishonor,” an offense under Ecuador’s criminal code. Sarmiento hosts a nightly news and opinion program "Tendencia Digital," on Facebook and TV stations in Napo province. Too many countries still treat libel as a criminal, not civil, offense, say press freedom advocates.

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: November 27, 2020

Asian Collaboration Initiative Launched

Australia's Judith Neilson Institute has launched a major cross-border initiative for Asian and international media on regional issues. The multiyear effort focuses on reporting collaborations, highlighting great journalism, mapping the news media, and tracking media freedom in Asia. Already underway are in-depth projects on digital crimes and the environment. Among the participants are GIJN members and partners Tempo (Indonesia), Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Malaysiakini, Centre for Media and Development Initiatives (Vietnam), Waseda Chronicle (Japan), Newstapa (Korea), and Hong Kong University's Journalism & Media Studies Centre.

Source: Judith Nielson Institute

Posted on: November 25, 2020

Walkley Awards honor ABC Afghanistan Investigation

Australia’s Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism and Gold award have been given to Mark Willacy and his ABC team for a six-month investigation into alleged war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. Judges said an “unflinching” approach had exposed “suspected cover-ups and deep cultural problems within Australia’s special forces.” Some 30 awards were given out as part of the 65th awards ceremony. 

Source: The Walkley Foundation

Posted on: November 24, 2020

The ARIJ 2020 Forum Moves Online

The annual forum for investigative journalists in the Arabic-speaking world has kicked off, with events and training sessions leading up to an awards ceremony for the best investigations from the region on December 6. The ARIJ conference -- which is running under the theme “Connecting the World” -- is taking place virtually this year because of the pandemic. More than 2,700 journalists and media professionals are expected to take part.

Source: ARIJ

Posted on: November 23, 2020

COVID-19’s Impact on Independent News Media

The coronavirus pandemic and the way it is being handled by governments around the world has had a dramatic impact on independent news media.

In an analysis of 165 independent news media organisations, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford found that despite increased audience numbers, more than a third of outlets expect revenues to drop by 30% or more this year.

While most outlets have seen their audience numbers grow during the pandemic, a fifth of respondents – mostly in print newspapers – told Reuters their overall audience reach had declined.

Source: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Posted on: November 13, 2020

250 Recommendations to Rein in Infodemics

The Forum on Information and Democracy has published a report on how to end infodemics. Based on more than 100 contributions from international experts, it offers 250 recommendations on how to rein in the mis- and disinformation phenomenon that threatens democracies and human rights. The Forum was launched in 2019 by 11 NGOs and research centers. In June, it created working group on infodemics to devise a “regulatory framework” to respond to the information chaos on online platforms and social media.

Source: Forum on Information and Democracy

Posted on: November 12, 2020

IJ4EU: Nomination Deadline Looming for Cross Border Prize

The nomination deadline for Europe's cross-border journalism prize closes at midnight on Sunday, November 8. With a pot of cash prizes totalling €15,000, the IJ4EU Impact Award celebrates the best investigative journalism carried out by teams collaborating across borders in European Union member states and EU candidate countries. Journalists and news organizations can nominate their own investigative projects, or those of others.

Source: IJ4EU

Posted on: November 6, 2020

Survey: UK Worst Source of Legal Threat to Investigative Press

Investigative journalists covering corruption and financial crime are subject to alarming levels of legal threats in the UK, according to a global survey by the London-based Foreign Policy Centre. The UK is the highest single source of these legal threats -- nearly as high as the US and EU countries combined, the report finds.  The survey covered 63 journalists in 41 countries affiliated with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).

Source: Foreign Policy Centre

Posted on: November 2, 2020

CPJ Impunity Index Shows Poor Progress

Incremental progress toward reducing the murders of journalists worldwide is fragile and could be thwarted by legal appeals and lack of political leadership, CPJ found in its latest report on impunity in retaliatory media killings. CPJ’s annual Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are singled out for murder and their killers go free, showed little change from a year earlier. A summary of the report is currently available in a total of eight languages.

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: October 28, 2020