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GIJN Weekly Bulletin -- September 9, 2015


12 Finalists Named for Global Shining Light Award


In one month, at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, GIJN will present the 6th Global Shining Light Awards for investigative reporting in developing and transitioning countries done under threat or duress. We received 76 submissions from 34 countries. Over the next few days we're rolling out the award's 12 extraordinary finalists. Our first two finalists: “Call the Executioner” by the Kenya Television Network, and "Cyprus Troika” by Hetq.am.

Transparency for Some,
Opacity for Most  


Hard To Believe: Brazil's annual Transparency Trophy goes to Sao Paulo's giant water company, a firm notorious for not sharing info with the public. Abraji's Marina Atoji has some tough questions about what transparency really means. "How is it possible that a public company is incapable of being transparent to more than just a tiny group of people?" she asks.

Top Ten #ddj


Don't miss our popular mapping of the Top Ten Tweets on Data Journalism. Last week's roundup included how to think visually; "beautiful evidence" books by Tufte; and a dating site scam. The previous week featured cops & crime perception; using maps in data visualization; mapping the end of the Amazon; and more.

Research Desk: Human Rights, Corruption and Terrorism  


On this week's Research Desk, GIJN's ace librarian Gary Price profiles a human rights database, file conversion for 208 formats, and nine new reports from research organizations, ranging from terrorism and corruption to European migration.

Tips & Tools 


Data Viz Video Tutorials, IRE

World Power Map, WP Analytics

Extracting PDF Data, Tabula

EU Hacktivist ToolBox, Politico 

GitHub Tutorials, Poynter 

Infographic Cheat Sheet, Venngage

Stories of the Week


Azerbaijan: The Aliyevs’ Super Yachts, OCCRP

Malaysia: PM’s Private Account Gets $700m, Sarawak Report
 
Australia: 7-Eleven -- The Price of Convenience, Four Corners/Fairfax

Mexico: The Nameless Dead, El Universal

India: Public Firms as ATMs, Newslaundry

Peru: Hiding Oil’s Footprint, Convoca 

Latvia: Money from Russia, Re:Baltica

Ghana: Water for Death, Modern Ghana 

USA: Gun Violence -- The Data, Vox

USA: The Coldest Cases, Reveal

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