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. We’re always on the lookout for contributors interested in writing about the craft of muckraking — nuts and bolts of the practice including tips, tools, strategies, and case studies, as well as about innovation and new models in journalism. Our contributors have expertise in investigative journalism and other related specialized areas relevant to investigative journalism and include journalists, academics, media trainers, and those in GIJN member groups. Our stories generally run from 500-1500 words, our pay is competitive, and is dependent on specialization and experience. Readers in more than 100 countries visit our website daily, so we promise an engaged, global audience for your work.

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!