Ten years ago, terror attacks in Norway claimed the lives of 77 people and seriously injured at least 40. Our NodeXL mapping from July 5 to 11 found an interactive timeline piece by Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang telling the story of a tragic event that impacted an entire nation. In this edition, we also feature an investigation by Reuters into a Chinese company harvesting genetic data from pregnant women, a series on gun violence in Chicago by The Trace, and a look at “silent” Russian politicians by IStories.
Whether investigating human rights abuses, money laundering, or even public officials’ conflicts of interests, reporters are increasingly developing their own databases for investigative projects. Here are a series of tips drawn from the experiences of a number of international journalists and from the author’s personal experience gathering and creating data sets for investigative stories.
High vaccination rates in some parts of the world are helping to curb the spread of COVID-19 and allowing communities to resume normal life. But vaccinations can also give a false sense of security, with new variants threatening to prolong the pandemic. Our NodeXL mapping from June 28 to July 4, found Portuguese newspaper Público creating a tool to help readers find out what activities they can do after getting the vaccine at minimal risk. In this edition, we also take a look at a piece examining forest fires in Mexico, an analysis of the worst cyberattacks by Bloomberg, and a lively data-driven essay on same-gender lyrics by The Pudding.
Cuando la pandemia de COVID-19 empezó, los editores se apresuraron a reunir equipos para cubrir la crisis. Un paso adelante estaban los medios que ya se dedicaban a investigar la salud como un tema que sabía cómo generar y construir redes de expertos en salud pública y vacunas y, lo que es más importante, cómo investigar tanto la ciencia como la política detrás de la respuesta a la pandemia.
विश्व बैंक की कई परियोजनाएं हैं। हालांकि, ज्यादातर मामलों में यह गाइड “कोविड -19 फास्ट-ट्रैक सुविधा” से संबंधित है, जो मुख्य रूप से महामारी से निपटने के लिए आवश्यक खरीदारी की समर्थन देता है। इस परियोजना में लगभग 75 देश शामिल हैं।
विश्व बैंक के पास कोविड -19 इकोनॉमिक क्राइसिस एंड रिकवरी डेवलपमेंट पॉलिसी फाइनेंसिंग नामक एक अन्य परियोजना है। इससे 70 देशों को सहायता प्राप्त हो रही है। उनमें से कई फास्ट-ट्रैक प्रोग्राम से भी लाभान्वित होते हैं। इस परियोजना का पैसा मुख्य रूप से आर्थिक विकास के लिए है। उदाहरण के लिए, सरकारी परियोजनाओं का समर्थन करना या निजी क्षेत्र के निवेश को प्रोत्साहित करना।
Femicide — the intentional murder of women because they are women — is a global problem. According to the UN’s latest estimates, 50,000 women and girls are killed each year by intimate partners or other family members. GIJN’s latest resource aims to help journalists understand what femicide is, find and understand the data available, and suggest which experts to interview.
When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold last year, editors scrambled to rapidly assemble teams to cover the crisis. Steps ahead were the outlets already dedicated to investigating health as a subject who knew how to source and build networks of public health and vaccine experts, and crucially, how to investigate both the science and the politics behind the pandemic response.
In this GIJN webinar, we bring together two of the authors of the investigation that revealed the names and ranks of officers in the Russian intelligence agency allegedly involved in the poisoning of opposition figure Alexey Navalny and an expert on media ethics. They will discuss the way the investigation was carried out, and how far journalists should go when there is evidence suggesting a crime may have been instigated or committed by government authorities.
For data journalists there is a balancing act between publishing information vital to a story and protecting the person behind that information. Vojtech Sedlak explains the pitfalls and offers tips on how journalists can protect the people that feature in the data without compromising the story.
With traditional media funding models in disarray, membership offers news outlets an alternative way of ensuring their profitability or survival. GIJN spoke to the Membership Puzzle Project’s Ariel Zirulnick about their latest guide and her top tips for organizations considering going down this route.