Peru’s IDL-Reporteros Stands Up to Prosecutors

Peru’s IDL-Reporteros was facing pressure from the Peruvian judicial and legislative authorities to reveal its journalistic sources after publishing a report revealing alleged acts of corruption in the judicial system. But after a push back by journalists and civil society, prosecutors have rescinded their orders.

COLPIN Showcases Latin America’s Best Muckraking

The seventh Latin American Investigative Journalism Conference ended on Monday, bringing together 150 journalists from some 15 countries in Lima, Peru. The conference, held November 20-23, presented awards to an impressive array of stories from across the region. Noting the quality of the awards submissions, veteran journalist Gustavo Gorritti declared, “El periodismo de investigacion se ha salvado.” (“Investigative Journalism has been saved.”)

Database Launched with +300 Latin American Investigations

A unique database of more than 300 investigative journalism reports from across Latin America was launched this week by The Institute for Press and Society (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, or IPYS). Called BIPYS (Banco de Investigaciones Periodisticas, or Bank of Investigative Journalism) the UNESCO-backed initiative was announced July 6 at the annual conference of Abraji, Brazil’s investigative journalism association.

Financial Crime Stories Shine in 2014 Latin American IJ Awards

Exposés of questionable financial transactions in Argentina, Trinidad, and Mexico led the 2014 Latin American Investigative Journalism Awards, announced over the weekend in Mexico City. Judging by the strength and breadth of the 14 finalists, investigative journalism is alive and well across Latin America. First prize went to “El señor de los hoteles y el socio de la Presidenta” (“The Lord of the Hotels and the President’s Partner”) by Hugo Alconada and Mariela Arias of Argentina’s La Nación.

Mapping the Powerful: Poderopedia Takes Know-How Across Borders

In December 2012, Poderopedia was launched in Chile to map who is who in business and politics in the country, with the goals of promoting transparency and accountability, and revealing potential conflicts of interest among the most influential political, civic and business leaders, as well as companies and institutions. The platform is now a wealth of information about the powerful in Chile. At this writing, it contains info on 3,107 individuals, 1,398 companies and 812 institutions.

GIJC13 Videos

Here are videos of panels at the 8th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio, October 12-15. You can find Portuguese and Spanish language panels from GIJC13 at this link. Global Showcase: Surveillance and Secret Government — Glenn Greenwald

Global Showcase: Cutting-Edge Environmental Reporting

Global Showcase: Fighting Back: Legal Tools and More

Global Showcase: Investigating Sports

Global Showcase: Covering 21st Century Corruption and Organized Crime

Global Showcase: The State of Global Investigative Journalism

Opening plenary: Freedom of Expression in Crisis

Investigative networks: Best Practices

Great Investigations you Should Know About

Global Showcase: Multimedia Storytelling

Research and the Web: Tricks of the Trade: Part 1 & Part 2 (click on the Photos to see the videos).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investigating the Food Industry (click on the photo to see the video).  

 

 

 

 

Sustainability Strategies for Nonprofit Newsrooms (click on the photo to see the video).

IPYS Launches Travel Grants to Rio for Latin American Journos

The Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), one of the three partner organizations behind the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, has launched a fellowship program for journalists to attend the Latin American Conference on Investigative Journalism (COLPIN) in Rio de Janeiro (October 12-15). For the first time COLPIN will be held simultaneously with the Global Conference, as well as with the national congress of ABRAJI, Brazil’s investigative journalism association.

The fellowships are part of the 4th Advanced Course for Investigative Journalism, co-organized between IPYS and Transparency International. A group of 12 journalists from across Latin America will be selected after proposing projects on organized crime in the region.