Turkey’s Erdogan Calls Journalists Terrorists

Turkish president Recep Erdogan told an audience at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York this week that his country has put more journalists in jail than any other nation because: “They’re not journalists, they’re terrorists.” Erdogan’s assertions were a chilling alternative reality to the well-documented persecution of journalists by his government. An estimated 150 journalists remain imprisoned in Turkey, while The Guardian says more than 2,500 journalists have lost their jobs and hundreds have had their press cards revoked following a media purge following the failed coup in 2016.

Source: Quartz

Posted on: September 22, 2017

1,000 Journalists To Report for America

A new project that aims to place 1,000 journalists in US newsrooms in the next five years was announced at the Google News Lab Summit this week. Report For America takes ideas from the Peace Corps, Americorps, Teach for America and public media, though it receives no government funding. RFA is a partnership between Google News Labs and the Groundtruth Project and its reporters will get training from the Center for Investigative Journalism, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the Solutions Journalism network and the Knight Foundation.

Source: Poynter

Posted on: September 19, 2017

Leadership Change at Major Donor OSF

After nearly six years as president of the Open Society Foundations, one of the world's top donors to independent media, Chris Stone is leaving. His focus had been to tame what was widely seen as a dysfunctional and overly complex billion-dollar foundation with offices in 39 countries. What will the leadership change mean to OSF grantees, many of them investigative journalism groups under attack in developing and transitioning countries? 

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Posted on: September 17, 2017

China Tightens Control of Chat Groups

China issued new rules on instant messaging chat groups, tightening control over online discussions. Beijing has been ramping up measures to secure the internet, a process that has accelerated ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party. Group chats on instant messaging apps and online commenting threads have seen a surge in popularity in China partly because they are private for members and so in theory are subject to less censorship. Internet chat service providers must now verify the identities of their users and keep a blog of group chats for no less than six months.

Source: Reuters

Posted on: September 8, 2017

SLAPP Filed Against Newspaper in Nepal

The International Federation of Journalists joined its local counterparts in expressing serious concern this week over a defamation lawsuit intended to silence a daily newspaper in Kathmandu (also known as SLAPP, strategic lawsuit against public participation). The managing director of state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation filed the case against Nagarik, claiming $780,000 in damages. The daily has published a series of investigative stories on corruption involved in the procurement of land by oil company. A parliamentary probe committee investigated the issue and found procurement procedures were not followed in purchase of the land.

Source: IFP

Posted on: September 6, 2017

Investigative Units in El Salvador Threatened

El Faro and Revista Factum, two Salvadoran digital news outlets specializing in investigative journalism, began receiving direct threats on social media networks. The threats identified journalists by name and included photos. Journalists at the two outlets said they believed the threats were in response to an article published on Revista Factum's website about an elite anti-crime unit's alleged involvement in criminal activity including three extrajudicial killings, sexual assault and extortion.

Source: CPJ

Posted on: August 30, 2017

The Guardian’s New Journalism Nonprofit

The Guardian has established a nonprofit, theguardian.org, to focus on tapping philanthropic organizations for financial help with investigative journalism and reporting on social justice, inequality, human rights and climate change. The unit, which received its tax-exempt status in October 2016, has secured more than $1 million in funding from the Skoll Foundation, which was set up by Jeff Skoll, the first president of eBay; Humanity United, part of the Omidyar Group founded by the eBay founder Pierre Omidyar; and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the organization set up by the hotel entrepreneur.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: August 28, 2017

Cambodia Threatens Purge of Critical Media

Cambodia has threatened to close three foreign media outlets in what appears to be a coordinated purge of government critics ahead of the general election next year. The Cambodia Daily, one of three English-language daily newspapers, was handed a $6.3 million tax bill and threatened with closure if it does not pay by September 4. Two US government-funded but independent radio stations, Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, have been accused of not registering with the tax department and not operating on official media licenses.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: August 25, 2017

GIJN Resources Now in Russian and Arabic

GIJN recently began publishing stories on investigative resources, tips and how-tos in both Russian and Arabic. From data journalism toolkits to tips on fundraising for non-profit media organizations and grants and fellowship listings, we've been adding the translations weekly on our Resources page for our growing audiences in former Soviet Union countries and the Middle East. This is in addition to select resources in Spanish, as well as Chinese, which also has its own website on cn.gijn.org.

Source: GIJN

Posted on: August 21, 2017

The $100,000 Journalism Degree

For about $100,000, Columbia Journalism School will train you to be ready for the next massive leak. Their new master of science degree in data journalism is aimed at students who want "practical, hands-on training essential to producing deeply reported data-driven stories." There is some relief for cash-strapped applicants, however. The school has raised or allocated more than $500,000 to support the program, and students are encouraged to submit their scholarship applications before the Feb. 1 deadline. But, asks Poynter, is $100,000 really realistic for journalism students who are graduating into a shrinking industry where the median pay is $38,870 per year?

Source: Poynter

Posted on: August 7, 2017