Introduction - Africa Organized Crime Guide

Guide to Investigating Organized Crime in Africa — Introduction

Organized crime is a global phenomenon. But Africa, with its deep-seated corruption and “resource curse,” is particularly hard hit. We at GIJN are firmly convinced that watchdog journalists have a critical role to play here but only if they are well-equipped — and this guide is intended to arm investigators with the tools, resources, and case studies they need.

Editor’s Pick: 2022’s Best Investigative Stories in French

Geographical diversity, the stories’ impact and uniqueness, the risks taken, and the techniques used were some of our criteria for selecting the strongest French language investigations of the year, selected by GIJN French Editor Alcyone Wemaëre, GIJN Francophone Africa Editor Maxime Domegni, GIJN French Assistant Editor Moran Kerinec, and Africa Assistant Editor Aïssatou Fofana.

Data Journalism Top 10: China’s Gene Data, Norway’s Terror, India’s Sugar, Space Tourism

Ten years ago, terror attacks in Norway claimed the lives of 77 people and seriously injured at least 40. Our NodeXL mapping from July 5 to 11 found an interactive timeline piece by Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang telling the story of a tragic event that impacted an entire nation. In this edition, we also feature an investigation by Reuters into a Chinese company harvesting genetic data from pregnant women, a series on gun violence in Chicago by The Trace, and a look at “silent” Russian politicians by IStories.

How The New York Times Visualized Global Trends in White Extremist Attacks

Last year The New York Times published an interactive article on white extremist killings from New Zealand to Norway to the United States. Using maps and a timeline to plot the data, the project revealed the troubling frequency and, in some cases, strange connections between the events. Here graphic designer Weiyi Cai explains how they obtained the data for project and the decisions they made about visualizing it.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Donut Holes, Turkish Data and Cop Shootings

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from March 26 to April 1 finds @washingtonpost on fatal police shootings, @decodeurs mapping Europe’s terrorist attacks, @DagmedyaVeri’s open data resources for Turkey and an undated chart of shrinking donut holes from the @smithsonian archives.

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

Here are the top data journalism tweets for March 20-26, per our NodeXL mapping: record low Arctic ice (@NASA); Europe’s STEM gender issue (@MSFTnews); satellite imagery search (@ddjournalism); Western Europe terrorism (@TheEconomist); storm #dataviz (@sciam); data resources (@jschwabish); & more.