New Website: Covering Climate Now

The Covering Climate Now initiative has launched a new website. The initiative has brought together more than 240 news organizations — with a combined reach of more than 1 billion people — as partners who are committed to sharing resources, reporting, and bolstering coverage of the most urgent story of our time. The goal is to maximize coverage of the climate crisis and its impacts in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23. Follow the coverage on social media, with the hashtag #coveringclimatenow. The website includes a list of partners as well as highlights from their ongoing climate coverage.

Source: Covering Climate Now

Posted on: September 16, 2019

Startup Guide for Nonprofit News Organizations

The Institute for Nonprofit News has launched a new startup guide on their INN Learn site, with new resources for people starting and running nonprofit sites. The guide walks news site planners through key steps in starting a nonprofit news outlet, from building a mission to creating a board of directors. Established news outlets will find new resources and links in INN Learn, a portal to resources that span the nonprofit news field. The relaunched site is easier to navigate and adds fresh material to INN’s collection of guides, templates and tools for nonprofit news leaders.

Source: INN

Posted on: September 13, 2019

Le Monde Journalists Fight to Secure Editorial Independence

More than 460 journalists at the French daily Le Monde have signed an open letter asking the newspaper’s owners to guarantee their editorial independence by granting staff a right of approval for any new controlling shareholders. So far, only one of the three principal shareholders has agreed to do this. The journalists' letter, which was published in both French and English, warned that this was key to safeguarding Le Monde’s future: “Without this legal safeguard, Le Monde’s unique situation in the French press could be threatened: Our capital could be bought by a new shareholder who might trample the checks and balances between the editorial staff and the owners, set up over the past ten years.”

Source: Le Monde

Posted on: September 10, 2019

Money Laundering and Terrorist Funding Index

The Basel AML Index measures the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing in countries using data from publicly available sources such as the Financial Action Task Force, Transparency International, the World Bank, and the World Economic Forum. A total of 15 indicators of countries’ adherence to anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism regulations, levels of corruption, financial standards, political disclosure, and the rule of law are aggregated into one overall risk score. The index is a project of the Basel Institute on Governance, an independent not-for-profit competence centre working around the world to strengthen governance and counter corruption and other financial crimes

Source: Basel Institute on Governance

Posted on: September 10, 2019

GIJC19 Program Now Available

The #GIJC19 agenda is now available. You'll find over 200 sessions covering a wide range of investigative topics, ranging from crime and corruption to exiled media. On our conference website, you'll find information about all the speakers and the panels and workshops. For those who can't join us in Hamburg from September 26-29, we'll have some live video streaming as well as constant coverage on our conference website as well as GIJN's social media channels. Follow #GIJC19 on Twitter as well as our regional social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Source: GIJN

Posted on: September 6, 2019

Applications Open for Resilience Journalism Fellowship

The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY will hold its next Resilience Journalism Fellowship from October 26 to November 1. The program, which will take place in New York’s Adirondacks State Park, “will offer an opportunity to learn about the science and practice of resilience while unfettered from the daily demands of journalism.” This will include classroom discussions as well as meetings with scientists and others doing work around climate resilience. The fellowship is aimed at mid-career journalists interested in improving their coverage of climate resilience issues. International applications are encouraged. Deadline: September 18, 2019.

Source: CUNY

Posted on: September 5, 2019

Streep on Laundromat Film: ‘People Died to Get the Word Out’

“The Laundromat,” Steven Soderbergh’s movie about the financial corruption revealed by the Panama Papers leak, is currently screening at festivals. Meryl Streep, who stars in the film, told The Hollywood Reporter that although it's a comedy, it’s a dark one: “This is a funny way of telling a very, very dark, black-hearted joke, a joke that’s being played on all of us. It’s a crime, not without victims. And many of them are journalists. The reason that the Panama Papers were exported to the world was because there were over 300 investigative journalists who got the word of John Doe, the whistleblower from Mossack Fonseca, or who knows where out into the world." She continued: "Some people died for it. Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist, who was investigating someone at the top of the government in Malta, and his connection to the Panama Papers, was blown up in her car, in front of her home. People died and people die still to get the word out.” The film hits theaters in the US on Sept. 27 before streaming worldwide on Netflix starting Oct. 18.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Posted on: September 2, 2019

Facebook Hiring Journalists, Again

Facebook has announced plans to hire a “small team” of veteran journalists – likely fewer than 10 at the outset – to choose content that will be featured in a section of the news tab, a much-discussed product the platform will begin testing on portions of its U.S. user base toward the end of October. The journalists will help select the content that users see in a section of the news tab called Top News. Contents of the other sections of the news tab, which will focus on different topics relevant to each specific user, will be chosen algorithmically, Facebook said. Unlike the independent contractors who worked on Facebook’s Trending Topics module or who moderate the contents of News Feed, these journalists will be full-time Facebook employees, spread across the U.S. with one in London.

Source: Digiday

Posted on: August 26, 2019

Latin American Journalists Launch Investigative Center

Five renowned journalists in Latin America just launched a new journalistic project that seeks to use collaborative investigative journalism to explain phenomena that cross borders in the region. The Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP, for its acronym in Spanish), will tackle transnational issues like large-scale corruption and illegal or abusive practices. Behind the project are Argentine journalists Marina Walker Guevara, deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and Emiliana García, director of La Voz de Guanacaste in Costa Rica; Colombian María Teresa Ronderos, director of CLIP and former director of the Open Society Foundation’s Program on Independent Journalism; Costa Rican Giannina Segnini, director of the Master of Science Data Journalism Program at Columbia University; and Natalia Viana, director of Brazil’s Agência Pública.

Source: Knight Center

Posted on: August 20, 2019

Study Suggests Tight Paywalls Can Be Good News

New research suggests that newspaper publishers with successful metered pay model strategies do better with higher “stop rates” — meaning they don't let readers view too many articles before they hit the paywall. A report by the Shorenstein Center and Lenfest Institute found that paywalls have become increasingly common; 76% of the organizations they studied had one in place by 2019. Paywalls have also become tighter over time. The researchers noted: “Among the more than 500 news organizations analyzed, the fiftieth percentile of publishers stops only 1.8% of their readership with a paywall or meter. Publishers with “sustainable” digital business report stop rates between the 80th and 90th percentiles of all publishers studied (at or above 4.2%of all readers).”

Source: NiemanLab

Posted on: August 20, 2019