My Favorite Tools: Malachy Browne

For our series about journalists’ favorite tools, we spoke with The New York Times’ Malachy Browne, a pioneer in the field of visual investigations. He told GIJN’s Gaelle Faure about the tools that help him recreate crime scenes, including satellite imagery, EXIF data viewers, 3D modeling, and more.

My Favorite Tools: Joel Konopo

For our series about journalists’ favorite tools, we spoke with Joel Konopo of Botswana’s INK Centre for Investigative Journalism. He told GIJN’s Olivier Holmey all about how he uses satellite images to expose corruption, Cryptomator to encrypt sensitive files, and lots more.

Mobile-First and Local Language: Innovative INK Spreads Investigative Journalism in Botswana

Two investigative editors took huge pay cuts to launch Botswana’s first nonprofit newsroom. A year later, they took another, temporary cut just to pay for a single satellite image that proved that the country’s president had abused state funds to build a private lodge. Here’s Rowan Philp on the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism for GIJN’s member series.

How to Build a GIF of Satellite Imagery in R

Sometimes, the best way to tell a story is to take a bird’s eye view. Here’s how Storybench editor Aleszu Bajak did this by recreating a GIF of Chennai’s disappearing Lake Puzhal reservoir. Check out his process and code, which could be used for countless other animations — to show, say, dam collapses, deforestation, forest fires, and more.

Most Popular Resources on GIJN in 2018

GIJN is constantly on the lookout for the best tipsheets, reporting gudies, how-to stories, and videos, then collating and integrating it into ever-growing Resource Center. Following is a curated list of the top 10 most popular resources accessed by journalists on our site in 2018.

How Satellite Imagery Became an Indispensable — and Easily Accessible — Tool for Journalists

Satellite imagery has become an indispensable tool in journalism, whether it’s for fact-finding or gauging the impact of a particular situation, reporting on climate events or understanding more about conflict zones, Geospatial tech wiz Anusuya Datta breaks down how satellite imagery has become an indispensable tool, sharing resources and providing guidelines for beginners.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Stories with Maps, Tools with Charts, Casting for Shakespeare

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from October 15 to 21 finds @Esri’s @AllenCarroll talking the power of maps in storytelling, @visualizingdata’s catalogue of charts and corresponding tools to help information designers, and @ericwilliamlin’s deep dive into the data of casting decisions in Shakespearean plays since the 1900s.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Faking Climate Change Data and in WEB Du Bois’ Black Americ

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from Aug 6 to 12 finds @sciam profiling a new color scale for the color blind, @EDudinskij’s fun dissertation on dataviz in science fiction movies, @morgenpost using satellite imagery to show the consequences of droughts, and @gregladen and Grant Foster calling bull on a climate change denier’s flawed graphs.