Uncomfortable Questions, Difficult Answers and a Moving Journalism Conference in Central America

The last time GIJN Spanish Editor Catalina Lobo-Guerrero was in El Salvador, she was so shaken up by stories of violence and sexism towards women there that she ended up writing an Op-Ed for The New York Times with the following opening line: “I don’t want to go back to El Salvador.” But last month she returned to the country to attend the ForoCAP, the Central American Journalism Forum.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Visualizing Air Raids, Dictator Decrees, Dataviz Crimes, Random Samples

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from March 25 to 31 finds @ajlabs visualizing air raids through sound, @infobae exposing secret dictatorship decrees in Argentina, @albertocairo presenting on how charts can be misleading and how to fix them, and @TheEconomist laying bare the “crimes” against data visualization they have committed.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: France’s Shocking Yellow Vest Injuries, Yield Curve Music, Migration Maps

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from March 11 to March 17 finds @davduf’s award-winning exposé of Yellow Vest injuries in France, @theboysmithy making music out of the yield curve, and @alisonkilling on mapping two fictional migrants’ journeys to Europe.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: London’s Murder Hotspots, Hungary’s Media Monopoly, Data Journalism’s Fallacies

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from November 26 to December 2 finds @VRCCrimCam mapping London’s medieval murder hotspots, @geckoboard illustrating common data fallacies to avoid, @ddjournalism teases the beta launch of the Data Journalism Handbook 2.0, and @GoogleNewsInit displays its data journalism courses.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Simon Says, AI’s Breakthrough Year and Global Migration’s Portal

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from June 4 to 10 finds an awesome curated list of resources for visualizing music by @Willian_justen, a deep dive into unsolved murders across America by @washingtonpost and @CarbonBrief mapping of the past, present and future of global coal power plants.

GIJN Launches Migration Resource Package

GIJN has created a four-part package of resources on migration, including a virtual library with dozens of major reports on the causes of migration, reporting guidelines, a list of journalism awards on migration and recent award-winning investigations.

Migration Reporting: Sources, Guidelines, Contests

With an estimated 257 million migrants in the world, migration has emerged as one of the most contentious national and international issues. GIJN has gathered resources on this topic, including:

Useful sources of factual information
Reporting guidelines and media criticism
Information on journalism prizes (and the winners) concerning migration
Examples of recent and varied stories

See also GIJN’s resource page on human trafficking. And a GIJN guide to reporting on human trafficking in the Arab Gulf states.

Migration Reporting: Guidelines and Assessment

Full Migration Guide here. Journalism about migration has come under close scrutiny and not infrequent criticism, largely for shallowness, prejudice and exaggeration. The Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), a London-based NGO that follows media coverage of migration, has created migration reporting guidelines. The five-point guidelines urge:

Facts not bias
Know the law
Show humanity
Speak for all
Challenge hate

Journalism about migration, unfortunately, often falls short of these goals, according to several recent studies. “Censorship, particularly self-censorship,” begins a list of infirmities written by Aidan White, a journalist who founded and directs EJN, and Ann Singleton, senior research fellow at the University of Bristol and senior advisor to International Organization of Migration’s Global Migration and Data Analysis Centre (IOM).

Migration Reporting: Journalism Awards and the Winners

Full Migration Guide here. There’s a growing number of international and national journalism contests on migration, including a new US one with a whopping $100,000 prize. The work of recent winners provides a rich source of inspirational stories on the topic. The George Polk Immigration Reporting Award is sponsored by Long Island University. Entrants do not have to be American, but all entries must be in English.

Migration Reporting: Recent Investigative Journalism

Full Migration Guide here. Below is small sampling of stories related to migration from early 2018 and late 2017. Besides doing stories documenting migrants’ harrowing journeys, journalists have found many other significant angles. “A Dream Displaced,” by Andrea Castillo, Brittny Mejia and Joe Mozingo in The Los Angeles Times, examines the life of immigrant boy living in an LA suburb in the age of President Donald Trump. “Half a Million and Counting: Venezuelan Exodus Puts New Strains on Colombian Border Town,” by Bram Ebus for IRIN, describes the town of Cúcuta.