Most investigative journalists and others interested in our work don’t know much about what goes on behind the scenes at GIJN. But on April 10 at the Frontline Club in London, over 100 people heard about the challenges faced by GIJN’s regional editors and the journalists they work with around the world.
Sustainable revenue and audience trust are two of the biggest challenges faced by media organizations all over the world — and neither are getting any easier. Engaging with audiences is one way to address these two interconnected issues. In the latest addition to GIJN’s Resource Center, Emily Goligoski brings to bear her experience as research director for the Membership Puzzle Project to explain various forms of audience engagement.
GIJN has launched its latest regional language edition, GIJN in Bangla, in partnership with Bangladesh-based member, the Management and Resources Development Initiative. Each day, we’ll be sharing the best investigative tips and tools, groundbreaking stories, grants and fellowships, data sets and more.
More than 90,000 commercial ships make up the world’s commercial fleet, their locations closely tracked and the resulting data available for free. GIJN has compiled a comprehensive list of resources to track ships, along with some investigative reports which used ship tracking to expose various stories.
Full guide here. A variety of media guides exist on covering LGBTQ issues, most providing guidance on terminology. These include:
Covering Sexual And Gender Minorities & Religion In Sub-Saharan Africa: A Reporting Guide for Journalists, was created by the Religion News Foundation and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa. The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s Stylebook Supplement on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Terminology is also published in Spanish. The GLAAD Media Reference Guide, 10th Edition, offers tools to encourage fair, accurate and inclusive reporting of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) issues. The guide includes glossaries of LGBTQ terms, transgender terms, terms to avoid, and a summary of relevant Associated Press and New York Times style rules.
Full guide here. As a resource for reporting on issues affecting LGBTQ communities, GIJN has assembled a collection of exemplary investigative reporting on these topics around the world during 2017. A major focus of investigative work in recent years has been on exposing violence against LGTBQ communities. “LGBT people are suffering a crucible of egregious violations, including killings, rape, mutilation, torture, arbitrary detention, abduction, harassment, physical and mental assaults,” Vitit Muntarbhorn, the UN’s first independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, reported in July of 2017. “People have become terribly afraid to talk,” Russia’s Elena Milashina told The New Yorker in a June 2017 interview while describing her reporting challenges.
Full guide here
To help journalists on in-depth projects into issues affecting LGBTQ communities, GIJN has assembled a broad range of data, documents, and other sources of information. This spreadsheet links to more than 50 international data sets (some downloadable), studies, national groups and places to find expert sources. Included are links to annual surveys on global attitudes and laws, United Nations reports, major regional reports, news sources, NGO contacts and more. There are quite a number of major international surveys, for example. The Global Attitudes Survey on LGBTI People, done by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), is based on answers to 31 questions from almost 100,000 online individuals in 65 countries.
This is part one of our three part series: GIJN’s Global Guide to Freedom of Information. FOI Tips and Tricks offers a round up of expert advice from around the world.
Nobody pretends that it’s easy or always productive to exercise the right to information. But the return on investment can be very positive. To help make the challenge less daunting, some of those who have climbed the FOI mountain have left maps of their journeys. Because national laws vary in detail, giving generic advice on FOI is a bit tricky.
Despite concerns over government surveillance, a recent survey by the Pew Research Center of investigative journalists found that few have let those worries prevent them from pursuing a story or reaching out to a source. The survey also found a more pressing concern–decreasing newsroom resources.
The extractives sector (oil, gas, and mining) continues to be an important subject for journalists, particularly in developing countries. Revenues from oil, gas and mining contribute substantially to GDP and in many cases make up the bulk of government revenue. Indeed, among 29 nations that in 2011 were implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), 10 reported extractives revenues totaling over one-quarter of their respective government budgets (six of which were actually over 50%).