In Media We Trust? Reinventing Journalism for a Murky Era

The recently published paper, Bridging the Gap, Rebuilding Citizen Trust in Media, probably offers the most complete list of the current projects around media and trust. But those interviewed for the project viewed trust — and the way publications can gain and sustain it — differently. However, all initiatives seem to rely on two principles to optimize trust: transparency and participation.

This Week’s Top 10 in Data Journalism

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from January 8 to 14 finds free font-for-numbers by @InVisionApp, a William Playfair biography book review for @WSJBookReviews and @PublicDataLab’s just-released full version of its fake news field guide.

Fact-Checking & Verification

Fact-Checking and Verification, six packed pages from Raymond Joseph, a freelance journalist and trainer from South Africa who presented at the 2017 Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC17). He is a former editor of the Big Issue South Africa, which he helped launch in 1996. For our companion video, “Fact Checking And Bulletproofing Your Story,” check GIJN’s YouTube channel.How to Be a Digital Detective, another GIJC17 tipsheet from Joseph. It addresses how to spot fake news and provides examples for practical steps to take. Bellingcat’s Digital Forensics Tools, a rich list of open-source verification and investigation tools and methods.

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media

Journalists in many countries are experimenting with how to build trust and engage with audiences. Now, a new study, Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media, profiles organizations working to build bridges with readers, viewers and listeners and deliver relevant news to local audiences. The study surveys 17 organizations from Argentina to Zimbabwe.

Investigative Journalism and the Crisis in Venezuela

Venezuela is currently in the midst of an economic, political and constitutional crisis. Amid widespread rationing, tensions between President Nicolás Maduro and members of the opposition continue to escalate. Ewald Scharfenberg, cofounder of GIJN member organization Armando.info, talks about the role investigative journalism plays in Venezuelan politics. Scharfenberg will be speaking at #GIJC17 in November in Johannesburg.