What We’re Reading: Tracking the Global Arms Trade, PPE Procurement Watch, and International Support for Whistleblowers

For this week’s Friday 5, where GIJN rounds up journalism news in English from around the world, we’re reading about the new Corruption Tracker for the international arms trade, dodgy deals in personal protective equipment procurement, and a recently launched organization to support whistleblowers legally, as well as financially. 

Working with Whistleblowers: GIJN’s Expanded Resource

As whistleblowers continue to feature in the news, GIJN has expanded our resource guide: Working with Whistleblowers. Updates include 10 tips from presentations made at the GIJC 2019 conference in Hamburg, and includes a round-up of other valuable materials, including the 2019 Perugia Principles developed by international journalists and experts, subtitled “Working with Whistleblowers in the Digital Age.”

Where Do ProPublica’s Investigative Reporters Find Their Story Ideas?

A reader asked ProPublica Illinois how the media organization finds new story ideas. Reporter Jodi S. Cohen, who was just as curious as the reader, spoke to her colleagues to find out where they got their inspiration. From fleshing out ideas found in other colleagues’ stories to digging into data anomalies, and even paying extra attention to an idle truck parked at an abandoned gas station, their answers show that there are a myriad of ways in which inspiration for your next big story could strike.

Leaks, Whistleblowers, and the Media’s Right to Report

This week, I moderated a discussion that followed the screening of Silenced, a new documentary that tells the stories of three whistleblowers who exposed torture, mass surveillance and government waste. What Silenced brought to the screen was the humanity of the whistleblowers and the patriotic idealism that compelled them to work in government agencies like the NSA and the CIA and then to speak out against the excesses they saw there. If anything, Silenced dramatizes how the landscape of government secrecy has changed dramatically since 9/11 and the war on terror.