GIJN Launches Francophone Africa Edition

We’re delighted to announce that GIJN has launched a new initiative: GIJN Afrique. We’ll be sharing the best investigative tips and tools, groundbreaking stories, grants and fellowships, data sets and more, in French, with a focus on  French-speaking countries across the African continent.

Here’s Why Investigative Reporters Need to Know Knowledge Graphs

Across the data science community, knowledge graphs have become a growing phenomenon in recent years, driving many applications including virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa. Friedrich Lindenberg, from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, writes about how its data platform Aleph makes use of knowledge graphs to help investigative reporters analyze and cross-reference data.

Tips and Strategies: Freelancing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Financial Resources

Folio has a special page for freelance journalists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes a rolling list of grants, where to find work, and free resources for journalists. 
GIJN has summarized available grants for journalists and publishers worldwide. While not specific to freelancers there are many here that apply. The Press Freedom Defense Fund launched a financial assistance program for a limited number of journalists impacted by the pandemic. The July fund opened for applications in late June; keep watching the site for announcements of future funds. 
The South Asian Journalists Association has compiled a list of special funds for freelancers and unemployed journalists, along with other resources to help cope during the pandemic. There’s a special section with writing opportunities just for freelancers.

Freelancing During the Pandemic: A Pitching Guide and Free Webinar for Investigative Reporters

Freelancing as an investigative journalist is challenging in the best of times, and more so during a pandemic. GIJN’s latest guide offers broad guidance on pitching, financial support, and networking for freelancers as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Be sure to catch our free webinar — Freelance Investigative Journalism During the Time of COVID — on Thursday July 9 at 9:00 EST as part of GIJN’s Investigating the Pandemic series.

A Ukrainian Investigative News Team Fights for Media Freedom

The Ukrainian investigative group Bihus.info has built a name for itself investigating corruption. It formed in the aftermath of the Ukrainian Revolution, as journalists tried to piece together some of the documents destroyed and damaged by the former regime. Today, they are battling a tough media freedom environment and investigations into their own staff and reporters which slow them down and which they see as an effort to pressure them in relation to their reporting.