My Favorite Tools: Emmanuel Freudenthal

For the very first story in our new series about journalists’ favorite tools, we spoke with Emmanuel Freudenthal, a freelance investigative reporter based in Nairobi. He told GIJN’s Gaelle Faure all about how he uses virtual tools like GPS Tracks and Gmail Snooze and physical tools like plane-tracking antennas and good old motorbikes.

Planespotting: A Guide to Tracking Aircraft Around the World

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Tracking aircraft is an increasingly valuable tool in the arsenal of investigators. Aided by new tracking technologies, journalists have:

Virtually observed a Russian oligarch’s jet making suspicious trips to the Middle East and Africa;
questioned the use of private planes — by Hungary’s president, among others;

If you just need a few quick tips, check out GIJN’s planespotting tipsheet. exposed rendition flights by the Turkish government;
followed the travels of government officials;
learned about military operations;
watched the movements of corporate executives;
analyzed aircraft accidents; and more. Recent years have been golden ones for reporters tracking airplanes. In this GIJN resource you’ll find:

• The basics: How tracking works and why one new disruptive technology is democratizing the information.

Top Ten #DDJ: This Week’s Top Data Journalism

What’s the global #ddj community tweeting about? Our NodeXL mapping from July 10 to 16 has Dwarshuis on the Airbnb takeover of Amsterdam, @blprnt on taking a systems approach to data and @SPIEGELONLINE and @Correctiv_org on Big Pharma’s payments to doctors.

Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

Here are top data journalism tweets for Apr 24-30, per our NodeXL mapping: draw it yourself interactives (@br_data); visualizing Google searches (@albertocairo); opinion polls analysis (@SZ); Politibot’s graphics (@politibot); French election (@BIQdata); ProPublica jobs (@ProPublica); and more.