For this week’s Friday 5, where GIJN rounds up interesting journalism news in English from around the world, we read about Glenn Greenwald’s resignation from The Intercept, a data journalism collaboration on COVID-19 that reaches across eight newsrooms, and Bellingcat’s already excellent, and now updated, Online Investigation Toolkit.
Greenwald Leaves Intercept, Claims Censorship (The New York Times)
In a post on Thursday, Glenn Greenwald, who is best known for his work on the National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden, claimed he was censored by editors at The Intercept, the investigative publication he helped found in 2013. On Substack, the platform where he says he will continue publishing, he wrote that editors refused to publish an article “unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.” The Intercept, in a statement on its website, hit back. “The narrative Glenn presents about his departure is teeming with distortions and inaccuracies — all of them designed to make him appear as a victim, rather than a grown person throwing a tantrum.” Read more about Greenwald and The Intercept in this Columbia Journalism Review piece from last year.
An informal agreement has allowed data journalists from eight media houses in California to gather and publish COVID-19 cases and deaths faster than the state’s official source. Freelance journalist Vignesh Ramachandran wrote about the collaboration for Source, an OpenNews project. The Los Angeles Times, he writes, began the initiative by sharing its data on GitHub, later joining with the San Francisco Chronicle. The two publications have helped lead the data collection efforts alongside six other newsrooms in the state. Journalists are pulling together data from 61 agencies, reducing the repetitive nature of the data gathering. As one of them put it: “If we’re not collectively working together, then we’re failing our readers and our listeners.” Dive into GIJN’s COVID-19 Resource Center for more on covering the pandemic.
Bellingcat’s Updated Toolkit (Bellingcat)
Bellingcat, the international collective of investigators and citizen journalists which specializes in open source investigations, recently updated its excellent Online Investigation Toolkit. The kit includes the organization’s go-to tools for searching the internet, social media, blogging platforms, and commercial registries. You’ll also find ideas for satellite and geospatial tools, tools for verifying photos and videos, and the best sites for archiving web pages.