GIJN Toolbox: Backgrounding People and Companies

When it comes to doing investigations using online tools, there is no one tool that will answer all of your questions. Instead you’ll most likely need to build slowly towards the answer using a jumble of jigsaw pieces — a name here, a connection there. The good news is that there are dozens of tools that can be used to find the pieces to your puzzle. GIJN’s Alastair Otter has pulled together tools that can be used to help build a profile of someone — or their business.

How to Write for GIJN

The Global Investigative Journalism Network is always on the lookout for contributors interested in writing stories about innovation in journalism, as well as tips, tools and how-tos around investigative reporting. Experts in investigative journalism, journalists who write about media, academics in media studies, media trainers as well as GIJN members are encouraged to contribute.

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The Global Investigative Journalism Network publishes articles about the practice of investigative journalism around the world — and we’re always on the lookout for contributors interested in writing about the craft of muckraking, as well as about innovation and new models in journalism. Experts in investigative journalism and other related specialized journalism areas, journalists who write about media, academics in media studies, media trainers as well as GIJN members are encouraged to contribute. Our stories generally run from 500-1500 words and our pay is competitive and dependent on specialization and experience. Our website is visited daily by readers in 100 countries, so we promise an engaged, global audience for your work. Our mission is to strengthen and spread quality investigative journalism around the world, and our publishing is key to this. Our Sweet Spot
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The 10 Most-Used Tools in Today’s Newsrooms

In the very early days of building Sonr*, we talked to newsrooms all over New York City and London to get a sense of what tools journalists are currently using to get the job done. Some of these newsrooms were more traditional than others, but we found that there was a core set of digital tools that most writers and editors couldn’t get through the day without. Let us know what you think, or if this list is missing anything in the comments!