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.
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%).
ByCJ Clarke, Damien Spleeters, and Juliet Ferguson |
There’s nothing like a good photographer to bring alive an investigative story. One of the worst crimes that investigative journalists commit is spending months on a great story, and then only minutes on the presentation. Working with photojournalists who know their craft (along with designers and graphic artists) can be one of the real pleasures of putting a big project together. We’re fortunate that a new handbook on using photography for investigations was just published: Investigative Photography: Supporting a Story with Pictures, by CJ Clarke, Damien Spleeters, and Juliet Ferguson.
Here’s our next report from this year’s Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference: The second day at IRE’s 2013 conference is also a busy one, with more than 60 panels and workshops, and plenty of networking opportunities. More than 1,200 journalists are at the San Antonio, Texas, gathering, which today featured mentoring sessions in which senior journalists shared tips and experience with younger ones, lots of data journalism training, and panels ranging from managing investigative teams to following international money trails.
Need to contact a journalist abroad for a story? Seeking a contact in a remote part of the world? Here are nonprofit organizations worldwide that work in support of investigative journalism, listed by region. It’s a diverse group that includes nonprofit newsrooms, online publishers, professional associations, NGOs, training institutes, and academic centers in nearly 50 countries.
Moving Walls 20 is a documentary photography exhibition on human rights, produced by the Open Society Foundations (OSF). The current exhibit highlights societies undergoing transition in China and the Middle East, and people suffering from repressive regimes and injustice in North Korea, Sierra Leone, and Ukraine. The Moving Walls project began in 1998 and has featured more than 170 artists whose works address issues of social justice and human rights. OSF provides grants to participating photographers, whose work is exhibited at the foundation’s New York and Washington, D.C., offices. Interested photographers should check in late 2013 for the next call for submissions.