Puerto Rican CIJ Sparks Mass Protests

Big congrats to GIJN member Puerto Rican Centro de Periodismo Investigitavo -- the Center for Investigative Journalism (@cpipr) -- for exposing texts of PR Governor Ricardo Rossello. The messages reveal Rossello and cronies disparaging gays and hurricane survivors, and provide an inside look at "inappropriate and illegal interventions" by businessmen profiting off Puerto Rico's misfortune. The exposé has sparked mass protests of hundreds of thousands of people on the island, calling for Rossello to resign.

Source: Puerto Rican CIJ

Posted on: July 22, 2019

Documentary Filmmaker Resource: Safe + Secure

Doc Society launched Safe + Secure to assist in mitigating risks to documentary filmmakers and their crews, subjects, and sources. The group, with support from the Ford Foundation, has been working with experts to develop tools for both filmmakers and funders to assist with digital, legal, journalistic, and safety and health risks. Check out their handbook and checklist, which includes resources on safety and security issues and where to get more information and training, and read up on their suggested protocol on filming in a hostile environment.

Source: Doc Society

Posted on: July 19, 2019

#GIJC19 Nears Sell-Out

Faced with huge demand for this year’s Global Investigative Journalism Conference, GIJN and its partners have suspended ticket sales to ensure we have enough capacity to cope with the large crowds expected. An unprecedented number of fellows, co-sponsors, and other attendees has pushed the number of participants to a record level. For the latest news on conference availability and programming, be sure to follow our hashtag #GIJC19.

Source: GIJN

Posted on: July 16, 2019

Malta Charges 3 Men in Murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Three men have been formally charged with the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who reported on politics and corruption in Malta. She was killed in October 2017 in a car bomb attack near her home. The three accused — Vince Muscat, George Degiorgio, and Alfred Degiorgio — were arrested several months later, in December 2017. They would have been eligible for bail next month had they not been officially charged before then. According to the Malta Independent, for which Caruana Galizia wrote, many on the island still feel that the mastermind behind the murder is still be at large.

Source: Malta Independent

Posted on: July 16, 2019

Harvard Study Looks at What Pays Off Behind the Paywall

A new study out of Harvard that incorporates data on the four primary revenue components of traditional newspaper companies — print subscription, print advertising, digital subscription, and digital advertising — has found that for companies with high circulations and large amounts of exclusive content, paywalls can increase overall sales, often by increasing demand for print subscriptions. Newspapers with less exclusive content, however, have generally experienced losses when they started charging readers to access digital editions, according to the research, which studied major newspaper firms in the United States.

Source: Harvard Business School

Posted on: July 15, 2019

Cuban Move to Outlaw Independent Media

An official decree issued in Cuba on July 4 will ban Cuban citizens from running websites hosted outside of the country. The new law will deal a major setback to Cuba's growing independent media, which depends heavily on foreign hosting services and blogging platforms. “The law leaves independent media without ‘legal’ hosting options,” warns journalist Elaine Díaz, who runs the sole GIJN member organization in Cuba, Periodismo de Barrio. “By imposing fines, they are criminalizing a decision that should not have any legal consequence.”

Source: Global Voices

Posted on: July 9, 2019

Pakistan: Viral Hashtag Calls for Media Arrests

Online hatred of the press in Pakistan reached a troubling high on Thursday as a hashtag calling for arrest of journalists briefly became the nation's top Twitter trend. The hashtag, #ArrestAntiPakjournalists, was tweeted more than 28,000 times, often with photos of prominent journalists and TV anchors deemed critical of Pakistan's ruling party and military. The traffic has deepened already grave concerns over the shrinking space for free expression in the country.

Source: Dawn

Posted on: July 6, 2019

Bolsonaro Worries Loom Large at Abraji Conference

Brazilian journalists, especially investigative journalists, are trying to understand and cope better with increasing pressures, threats and President Jair Bolsonaro's confrontational style with the media. Those issues took front and center in Sao Paulo last week at the Association of Brazilian Investigative Journalists (Abraji’s) 14th Congress. Over the three days, journalists had the opportunity to learn new tools in various training workshops, 22 of them focused exclusively on data assisted reporting. About 1,200 people participated in the event, their largest gathering ever, which also featured 91 discussion panels and 187 speakers. Fifteen of those were international guests from countries as distant as Poland or as close as Venezuela, which shared their experiences and common concerns about the challenges journalism is facing today.

Source: Abraji

Posted on: July 3, 2019

Theranos Founder Blames Journalist for Fraud Charges

To defend against criminal fraud charges, Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes is contending that Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou had an undue influence on federal regulators. Last year, regulators concluded her blood-testing startup’s technology was a threat to patient health and forced the $9 billion Silicon Valley company to shut its labs, leading to its collapse and to Holmes' indictment last year. Through pretrial information sharing with prosecutors, Holmes has unearthed Carreyrou’s early contacts with New York state regulators and various federal agencies, as well as his interactions and emails with a doctor in Arizona. The court filing claims that Carreyrou “went beyond reporting the Theranos story” by prodding sources to lodge complaints about the company with regulators, and lobbying agencies to pursue the complaints. The Wall Street Journal said it stands behind Carreyrou’s reporting, which won multiple journalism prizes.

Source: Bloomberg

Posted on: July 1, 2019

Nearly Half of US Newspaper Jobs Gone

A Newspapers Fact Sheet issued by the Pew Research Center holds more bad news for American journalism: The number of newsroom jobs at US newspapers has dropped 45% since 2004. This includes reporters, editors, photographers, and film and video editors, who now number 39,210, according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics. The figure is down 15% just since 2014. Meanwhile, daily newspaper circulation (print and digital combined) in 2017 dropped 11% and 10%, respectively, from the previous year. 

Source: Pew Research Center

Posted on: June 30, 2019