Tax Disclosure Project; Know Your Data; Can Donors Save Media...
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GIJN Bulletin -- March 29, 2017

Creating the Tax Disclosure Project

Pakistani journalist Umar Cheema created huge impact when his 2013 report, which exposed that 70% of Pakistan's lawmakers failed to file tax returns, resulted in the creation of a public tax-returns directory. Now, inspired by Cheema, London-based Finance Uncovered is coordinating The Tax Disclosure Project, a cross-border collaborative effort to ask politicians in 20 countries to disclose their tax records. Journalists from countries not yet part of the project are welcome to join. Contact them here.

Getting To Know Your Data

Too often, inexperienced data users accept the data they receive at face value. Data scientist Heather Krause cautions that data should be treated similar to a human source, with its origins and accuracy researched and checked. Getting to know your data this way can reveal crucial gaps, bias, misinformation, or overlooked details in your story.

Can Donors Save the Media?

The media, civil society, and democracy are under unprecedented duress around the world. Protecting independent media presents an “epic challenge,” but there is great opportunity for philanthropy to step up and help, argues this important piece. Bruce Sievers and Patrice Schneider detail five avenues worth pursuing in funding news media and argue that charitable donors should significantly increase their investment in the media. No argument here!

Global Conference News

We're looking forward to an outstanding class of fellows at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference this November. How do we know? We've already received over 500 fellowship applications to attend. It's not too late for journalists in developing and transitioning countries to vie for a fellowship spot. Deadline for fellowship applications (and submissions for the Global Shining Light Award) are May 15. In addition to over 100 panels, networking sessions and workshops, GIJC17 will also feature special events that include a welcome reception, gala dinner, the Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture, and a performance by GIJN's own blues band,The Muckrackers. Hope to see you in Joburg!
Also on

Poder360: Brazil’s “Politico” Digs into Politics and Power, Natalia Mazotte. 

How Reader Engagement Helped Unearth Shell Tape, Ernst-Jan Pfauth. 

Digital Strategy: Prioritize Community, Not Audience, James Breiner. 

Top Ten #ddj: The Week's Most Popular Journalism Links (March 6 - 12) & March 13-19, GIJN & Connected Action. 

Tips & Tools 

Grants for Science Investigative Reporting, Science 

Neuffer Fellowship for Women Journalists, IWMF

Big Data for Small Orgs, ddjournalism

Fact Checking Crowds, Poynter

Fake News Guide, Reuters Institute

Open Data for Africa, African Dev't Bank Group
Pixel Map Tool, AmCharts

50 Free Data Sources,

Advanced Web Scraping Tutorial,

NICAR17 Lightning Talks, IRE NICAR

Stories of the Week 

Russia: The Russian Laundromat, OCCRP

India: A Himalayan Kingdom's Dark Side, IndiaSpend

US: Marines Investigated for Sharing Naked Photos, War Horse

Germany: Climate Change and Ski Resorts, Spiegel Online

Canada: KPMG and Tax Havens for the Rich, Enquête, 5th Estate (CBC)

Bangladesh: Grim Leather Trade, AP

China: Killing the Debt Collector, Southern Weekly

Inside the Hunt for Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker, Wired

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