Document of the Day: Online Pest Control for Journalists

It is unfortunately becoming easier and easier to harass journalists online through the use of technology such as bots, with the intent to intimidate and silence truth-tellers. These attacks can be relentless and if left unchecked, can be a real threat to journalists’ mental health and reputation. To deal with these online “pests,” TrollBusters created an infographic that offers clear steps on how to deal with various types of cyberviolence ranging from doxing to sexually explicit photos.

Document of the Day: Freedom In The World 2019

Freedom House’s 2018 Freedom in the World report, which was just released this week, signals an alarming trend: Democracy is in retreat. There were media freedom reversals in many countries spanning across regions, including long-standing democracies such as the United States and consolidated authoritarian regimes such as China and Russia.

Document of the Day: Visual Vocabulary

Inspired by the Graphic Continuum by Jon Schwabish and Severino Ribeca, the Financial Times graphic team came up with their own neat chart of visualizations. The Visual Vocabulary is a guide to help journalists pick the right type of visualization for their story.

Document of the Day: A $2 Billion Fraud in Mozambique?

Here’s another fascinating look — through a recent US indictment — at the looting of Africa. This one involves alleged fraud tied to $2 billion in loans to state-owned companies in Mozambique, one of the world’s most indebted nations. Among the charges: conspiracy to violate U.S. anti-bribery law and to commit money laundering and securities fraud. Those state-owned firms are now reportedly bankrupt after defaulting on over $700 million in loan payments.

Document of the Day: Indicting Venezuela’s TV Mogul Belisario

We love indictments, and here’s one that caught our eye at GIJN: a recently unsealed document from the US Department of Justice last month, alleging that Venezuelan television mogul Raul Gorrin Belisario was part of a billion-dollar currency exchange and money laundering scheme that paid off high-level Venezuelan government officials. Belisario is no ordinary exile…

Document of the Day: Danske Bank’s Dirty Money

An internal report of Danske Bank, the largest financial institution in Denmark, found a series of “major deficiencies in controls and governance” that allowed $235 billion in questionable transactions to be made in its branch in Estonia.

Document of the Day: Finding the Missing Millions

The “Finding the Missing Millions” handbook, by Global Witness and Resources for Development Consulting, offers ten tests to help journalists spot potential losses (or “red flags”) in extractive sector payments to governments.

Document of the Day: Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018

The Reuters Institute surveyed 74,000 people in 37 countries to find out how consumers around the world are using digital news. The findings are included in its 2018 Digital News Report, revealing insights about digital news consumption that could help inform newsrooms on their digital news strategies. The report focuses on the issues of misinformation, new business models, rise of messaging apps and new audio growth.

Paul Manafort’s Money Laundering

Here’s 76 pages — filed in US federal court today — of excruciating detail on how former Trump presidential campaign chief Paul Manafort laundered millions of dollars from Ukraine and elsewhere between 2006 and 2015, using scores of “corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts” in the US, Grenadines, and UK.

Document of the Day: YouTube Video SEO Tips

If you host your investigative documentary or journalism video on YouTube, check out this useful graphic on YouTube SEO statistics created by tech enthusiast Saksham Kumar. Knowing the ranking factors that YouTube takes into account could give you ideas on how to optimize your video to reach the largest audience it can.