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GIJN Bulletin -- December 17, 2015



8 Lessons on Investigative Journalism from "Spotlight"


GIJN's Dave Kaplan looks at 8 Lessons on Investigative Journalism drawn from the movie Spotlight, which opens outside the U.S. in January. At a time when investigative journalists are under fire around the world, Spotlight offers a public tutorial on why in-depth, watchdog reporting is so important to social accountability and democracy.

ARIJ Honors Best Arab Muckraking 


Check out the impressive video and print projects just honored by Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism at their annual conference. Despite terrorists, arbitrary arrests, and autocratic governments, terrific work is being done by our colleagues in the Arab world. Thank you, ARIJ -- you give us reason for hope.

Open Govt Needs Reboot


Open data guru Steven Adler takes on the Open Government Partnership, warning that the 70-nation forum is in danger of becoming "a facade of openness" where nations write laws that restrict access, forbid foreign funding of journalism, and empower surveillance. 

GIJN Needs Your Support!


Before 2015 ends, please take a minute to support GIJN and the training and resources we provide to journalists worldwide. This has been a terrific year – 950 colleagues joined us in Norway for our Global Conference; membership grew rapidly; and we responded to nearly 700 requests for assistance from 100 countries. Together, we can accomplish even more – please make your gift today to ensure GIJN starts the new year strong. 
Also on GIJN.org

Led by China, Egypt, 199 Journalists Now in Prison, Committee to Protect Journalists

Propaganda & Media Freedom, OSCE Rep. on Freedom of the Media 

Top Ten #ddj (Dec. 8-13): data journalism in newsrooms; bad data guide; US shootings; terrorism.

Top Ten #ddj (Nov. 30-Dec.7): refugee attacks, US shootings; Africa data school; Alps climate change.

Tips & Tools 


20 Tools for DataViz, Blu Frame

32 Crowd-Driven Projects, @jcstearns

12 Instagram Features, Mashable

5 Source Databases, Journalism News

Climate Reporting Guide, Reynolds

Stories of the Week 


Africa: Losing the War on Terrorism, ZAM-AIPC

Venezuela: The Money Man, Armando

Vietnam: Wildlife Smuggling Boom, Oxpeckers 

Israel: US Donors to Settlements, Haaretz

Europe: How Europe’s Terrorists Get Guns, Time 

Spain: Broken Dreams, PorCausa

Djibouti: Sex Traffic, One World

East Africa: Big Tobacco’s Bribes, BBC Panorama

Georgia: Land Grab, Studio Monitor

Mexico: The Death of News, WashPost

India: 287 Years To Clear Court Cases, IndiaSpend

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