Skype To Launch New Recording Feature

Later this month, Skype will be updated to include built-in call recording. Until now, Skype users have had to rely on a number of third-party apps to record calls. The new feature will be cloud-based, allowing users to access Skype call recordings across devices including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and even Linux. According to Microsoft’s Skype team, as soon as you start recording, everyone in the call will be notified that the call is being recorded and the recordings combine everyone’s video as well as any screens shared during the call. The new call recording feature is the first time Skype has had built-in call recording since its original release nearly 15 years ago.

Source: The Verge

Posted on: July 20, 2018

Reporter Killed in Syria

A Syrian reporter died this week after being injured covering clashes between the Syrian army and rebel groups in Quneitra province, according to his employer and the Syrian-government run news agency Sana. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mustafa Salamah’s death comes amid concern for at least 70 journalists trapped in Quneitra and nearby areas who could face reprisal from the Syrian government as its forces advance on the last remaining rebel strongholds in the region. The CPJ says at least 120 journalists have been killed covering the Syrian conflict, at least seven were in Syrian state prisons, and many others are missing.

Source: CPJ

Posted on: July 19, 2018

Peru Cops Raid IDL-Reporteros after Judicial Exposé

After an exposé of recordings implicating judicial officials in corruption, authorities in Peru yesterday raided the offices of GIJN member IDL Reporteros, demanding documents and data. The recordings "open a window onto the almost wholesale trading of favors — job positions, lenient sentences or shelving of cases, votes for court candidacies—by the chief justice on the Superior Court of Callao, a justice on the Supreme Court, and three members on the National Magistrates Council, which appoints judges and officials," according to the Peruvian Times. Press groups have denounced the raid. 

Source: Peruvian Times, RPP

Posted on: July 11, 2018

Angolan Journalist Marques Acquitted

Famed Angolan investigative journalist Rafael Marques was acquitted Friday by a court in Luanda, the country's capital. Marques and editor Mariano Bras stood accused of insulting the state and the case has been widely denounced by press and human rights groups as a sham and harassment of journalists doing their job. The journalists had published a story alleging that former Attorney-General Joao Maria de Sousa had acquired land illegally.

Source: AfricaNews.en

Posted on: July 8, 2018

Follow the Money: Collaborative Grants

Through Journalismfund.eu, the Money Trail is offering grants to teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption. Launched at the 8th European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest, the Money Trail is also offering training on illicit finance investigations, data security and mentoring. The first deadline is 15 July.

Source: Money Trail

Posted on: July 2, 2018

Five People Shot Dead in US Newsroom

Five people were killed Thursday and two were injured in a "targeted attack" on the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. The suspected gunman entered the building with a shotgun and walked through the lower level of the building, according to a police official who said it was a “targeted attack” on the newsroom. A white male in his late 30s, identified as Jarrod Warren Ramos, was taken into custody. Law enforcement sources said Ramos had filed a defamation claim in 2012 against the paper but the case was dismissed.

Source: CNN

Posted on: June 28, 2018

Five Social Listening Tools To Check Out

A social listening tool allows you to see what people are saying about your publication on the internet. These tools are powered by a network of scrapers which crawl the internet in hopes of finding mentions of your publication or whatever keywords you type into the tool. The majority of these tools started by only showing your social media mentions, but the most advanced tools like have progressed to showing your comments across the web, including on websites. Here's a round up of five.

Source: Social Media Explorer

Posted on: June 26, 2018

New Adriatic IJ Center Launched in Slovenia

Oštro, a new center for investigative journalism, has launched to report on the Adriatic region, covering Slovenia,  Croatia, Italy and neighboring countries. Founded by veteran Slovenian reporter Anuska Delic, the Ljubljana-based newsroom vows to "nurture investigative and data journalism, champion the right to know as one of the fundamental human rights, spread journalistic knowledge, and contribute to the cultivation of future generations of journalists." Ostro has joined the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and is working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Panama Papers stories.

Source: Ostro.si

Posted on: June 24, 2018

Fact Checking Site Launches in Indonesia

A collaborative effort of 22 national and regional news media organizations and a number of associations in Indonesia have launched a website to debunk false news and hoaxes ahead of the 2019 elections. Cekfakta, which translates to “fact check” in English, is a joint project which was initiated by GIJN member Alliance of Independent Journalists along with the Indonesian Cyber Media Association, the Indonesian Anti-Slander Society, Internews and the Google News Initiative.

Source: The Jakarta Post

Posted on: June 21, 2018

Google and CIJ Launch Access to Tools

The Google News Initiative is working with the Centre for Investigative Journalism to provide a new program called Access to Tools. Over the coming months, a team of expert trainers will provide up to 20 free workshops across the UK, each designed to help newsroom and freelance journalists sharpen their digital news gathering and research skills. The practical workshops will feature technology from a range of providers and include real-life examples, including how individual journalists have traced original sources.

Source: Google News Initiative

Posted on: June 20, 2018