Poll Finds Yanks Want More Muckraking

A just released Knight-Gallup survey finds that over 80% of Americans believe the news media have an important role to play in democracy, but 66% says the press does a poor job separating fact from opinion. Large numbers, moreover, cite bias and fake news as major problems. But good news for muckrakers: The survey, of over 19,000 U.S. adults, also found 59% felt there was "not enough investigative journalism to uncover important facts," with majorities agreeing on this regardless of age and political affiliation. 

Source: Gallup/Knight Foundation

Posted on: January 18, 2018

1st Arab Data Journ Fest Set for March

What's being billed as the first Arab data journalism conference is set for this March 6-8 in Cairo at the American University. Journalists from across the Middle East are invited to a groundbreaking event to train and brainstorm about how  to use data skills in the service of investigative reporting. Travel grants are available for both students and professionals.

Source: arabdjn.com

Posted on: January 16, 2018

Rappler Registration Revoked in Manila

In a blow to press freedom, Philippine officials have revoked the corporate registration of Rappler, one of that nation's leading online news sites. The innovative and hard-hitting Rappler has gained worldwide attention for exposing the extent of extra-judicial killings under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte. Citing "foreign ownership" by the US-based Omidyar Network, the move by officials evokes memories of anti-media attacks during the Marcos Regime of a generation ago.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: January 15, 2018

Kremlin Assault on Democracy in 21 Nations Detailed

Russia's far-ranging intrusions to undermine democracy in Europe and the United States are detailed in a new report by Democratic Party staffers of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. This disturbingly detailed 206-page report on Russian interference relies heavily on investigative reporting by independent media, including GIJN members OCCRP, Re:Baltica and ProPublica. The report describes Kremlin use of state foundations, NGOs, think tanks, political extremists, the Russian Orthodox Church, the energy industry, organized crime and corruption.

Source: US Senate

Posted on: January 10, 2018

Oprah Salutes Press at the Golden Globes

At the Golden Globe Awards, Oprah Winfrey took a moment to raise the flag for journalists, saluting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s earlier announcement of $1 million grants each to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists. "I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, because we all know that the press is under siege these days," she said. "But we also know the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice, to tyrants and to victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before."

Source: Deadline.com

Posted on: January 8, 2018

ICIJ, CPJ Each Get $1m at Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- the folks who sponsor the Golden Globe Awards -- have a charitable arm that's given away $30 million over the past quarter century, largely to entertainment-related non-profits and scholarships. In a groundbreaking departure, the HFPA just donated $1 million each to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a longtime GIJN member, and the Committee to Protect Journalists, a longtime partner. Congrats!

Source: Broadway World

Posted on: January 7, 2018

Guide to US Military Service Records

The respected, non-partisan Congressional Research Service, which does research for the U.S. Congress, has updated a guide to locating U.S. military unit histories and individual service records of discharged, retired, and deceased military personnel. The guide also provides information on military awards and medals, and contacts for military history centers, websites for additional sources of research, and a bibliography.

Source: CRS

Posted on: January 5, 2018

Dismal Record on Media in Central Asia

With dozens of journalists in prison and a new wave of repression against the news media, Central Asian republics are setting new lows for press freedom. In 2017, Freedom House ranked Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan among the world's worst for open and independent media. Among the cases was a series of libel suits against investigative outlet Zanoza.kg, for having offended the reputation of then-President Almazbek Atambayev. After heavy fines were imposed, Atambayev proclaimed, “This should be a lesson for some journalists." We'll see whose side history is on, Mr. Atambayev.

Source: The Diplomat

Posted on: January 2, 2018

How Investigative Journalism Fueled the #MeToo Movement

The #MeToo movement was decades in the making, but it wasn't until it intersected with investigative journalism "that the teardrops exploded, spilling everywhere. Washing away predatory titans, day after day," reports the Toronto Star. Among the key stories: October exposés in the New York Times and New Yorker on abusive Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, followed by revelations of US Senate candidate Roy Moore's preying on underage teenage girls. 

Source: Toronto Star

Posted on: December 31, 2017

China’s Muckrakers Flee Low-Paying Jobs

The number of China's investigative journalists has declined by more than half since 2011, and a majority of those who remain say they intend to change careers, according to a study done by the School of Communication at Sun Yat-sen University. The team's findings found that the number of investigative journalists in China plummeted by 57.5 percent over the last six years. The reasons cited: low pay and poor chances for promotion. But that may be changing, with reports of major media with big budgets looking for top reporters.  

Source: Global Times

Posted on: December 24, 2017