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Data Journalism

How a Global Team Used Data to Interrogate Green Claims for Deforestation Inc.

The latest cross-border investigation by the ICIJ — Deforestation Inc. — used thousands of pages of documents, court records, green certificates databases, trade data, and audit reports to expose how a lightly regulated sustainability industry overlooks forest destruction and human rights violations.

10 Questions

What I’ve Learned: Lessons and Advice from a Veteran of the Panama Papers Investigation

Several years ago a whistleblower reached out to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung with an enticing message: “Hello, this is John Doe… Interested in data?” That story would become the Panama Papers, the first in a number of international collaborations for investigative reporter Frederik Obermaier. Read his tips and advice about investigative reporting.

2022’s Best Investigative Stories from Turkey

In Turkey, authoritarianism is increasingly undermining media pluralism and is limiting the freedom of journalists to report and receive information now more than ever before. Despite this, GIJN Turkish found numerous praiseworthy stories produced by watchdog reporters this year, and here feature eight notable examples of investigative journalism, photojournalism, and documentary work. 

Reporting Tools & Tips

GIJN Toolbox: Hunting for Secret Money and Financial Conflicts of Interest

In this edition of GIJN Toolbox, we profile three brand new — or newly expanded — tools to dig into financial secrecy and hidden gains from corruption or crime. Our list includes a user-friendly database to search for sanctions and conflict-of-interest red flags, a site that uses an algorithm to detect hidden bank accounts, and a newly expanded database on the true owners of offshore companies.

Case Studies News & Analysis

Editor’s Pick: 2021’s Best Investigative Stories from Latin America

Despite a backlash against the media in Latin America, investigative journalists have refused to stay silent. Here we highlight eight of the best investigative stories published in Spanish in the region this year, selecting those that prioritized collaboration, used innovative investigative methods and tools, and those that reached new audiences.

News & Analysis

Editor’s Pick: 2020’s Best Investigative Stories in French

As part of our annual Editor’s Pick series, read on to discover the best investigations in French published this year and selected by GIJN French Editor Marthe Rubio and GIJN Francophone Africa Editor Maxime Domegni.  

Data Journalism

Data Journalism Top 10: North Korea Ghost Ships, Trolls Attack WHO, Al Pacino’s Wardrobe, COVID Air Travel

Satellite imagery has become increasingly useful in establishing evidence of human rights abuses and in shining a light on dubious activities being conducted in secretive parts of the world. Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from August 17 to 23 finds NBC News utilizing satellite data to solve a long-standing mystery about North Korean “ghost boats” washing up on Japanese shores, The New York Times analyzing footfall data to determine how the coronavirus pandemic has influenced consumer spending, and Bellingcat revealing a coordinated network of attacks on Twitter against the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO).