YanukovychLeaks, GIJN in Asia, #ddj Boom

Ukraine Journalists on the Front Lines

GIJN journalists have played a key role in the dramatic events unfolding in Ukraine. As ex-President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country, a team of investigative reporters in Kiev recovered thousands of documents he dumped in a reservoir near his palatial estate. Thanks to their quick work, backed up by GIJN member Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, those docs are now online as the YanukovychLeaks project. Oleg Khomenok of GIJN member Scoop credits the Global Investigative Journalism Conferences in Kiev and Rio with helping arm the reporters with the right tools and training. “Within three hours of the documents being found, five reporters who participated in GIJC13 in Rio met on the banks of the Dnieper to make real what they might not even dream about,” says Khomenok, who is helping coordinate the effort. Meanwhile, the GIJN secretariat worked with the Internet Archive to back-up the online history of investigative journalism centers under attack in Crimea, as well as the sites of a half-dozen other independent media nonprofits in Ukraine.

GIJN Goes to Asia

Investigative Pioneers: Some of the gutsy staff and board at the Nepal Centre for Investigative Journalism in Kathmandu -- Hasta Gurung, Kunda Dixit, Rajendra Dahal, Navin Jha.As part of its strategy to strengthen investigative journalism networks around the world, GIJN Executive Director David Kaplan is in Asia meeting with our members and partners. At the International Media Conference in Yangon, Myanmar, Kaplan spoke with journalists from a dozen Asian countries about GIJN‘s work, conferences, and resources. Among the highlights of the trip: plans to hold Asia’s first investigative journalism conference, exciting meetings with journalists forming investigative reporting networks in India and Myanmar, and brainstorming with GIJN partners from  Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand,and Hong Kong. Watch for more to come on this! (Photo: Some of the gutsy staff and board at the Nepal Centre for Investigative Journalism in Kathmandu -- Hasta Gurung, Kunda Dixit, Rajendra Dahal, Navin Jha.)

New Members Join GIJN Volunteer Group

The GIJN Volunteer Group, which oversees GIJN between conferences, has added a host of new members from nine countries, strengthening our representation from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Join us in welcoming Zaklina Hadzi-Zafirova, CIJ Scoop (Macedonia); Charles Lewis, Investigative Reporting Workshop (US); Umar Cheema, Center for Investigative Reporting Pakistan; Anton Harber, Investigative Journalism Workshop (South Africa); Mark Horvit, IRE (US); Hugo Rodrigues, Canadian Association of Journalists; Drew Sullivan, OCCRP (Bosnia); Paul Radu, RISE Project (Romania); Carlos Dada, El Faro (El Salvador); and Kunda Dixit, Nepal Centre for Investigative Journalism. You can find the full list of GIJN's 27 Volunteer Group members here

Big Data? Big Data Conferences!

A record 1,000 journalists, data experts, and students from 20 countries gathered late last month in Baltimore for NICAR14, the annual data journalism conference organized by Investigative Reporters and Editors. The five-day gathering, twice the size of last year’s event, has tripled in size over the past five years. More than 100 of the attendees came from outside the United States, and nearly half of those from Scandinavia, including three pioneers of #ddj (see photo of Denmark's Nils Mulvad, Sweden's Helena Bengtsson, Norway's John Bones). Hungry for more data? Check GIJN's Calendar for upcoming events, including the International Journalism Festival in Italy and the European Dataharvest+ Conference in Belgium. 

New Feature: Top 10 Data Journalism Links

What's the data driven journalism (#ddj) crowd tweeting about? GIJN has launched a popular new series featuring the week’s top data journalism links. Thanks to Marc Smith of Connected Action for gathering the links and graphing them using NodeXL (“a tool that provides support for social network analysis in the context of a spreadsheet”). Top 10 #ddj features fascinating nuggets from around the world, including unique infographics, groundbreaking stories, and free tutorials. You can also see all the links on the GIJN Pinterest board.



March 21-22: Colombia Investigative Journalism Conference, Bogotá, Colombia

March 28: Polis Journalism Conference, London, UK

April 4-6: SKUP Annual Conference, Tønsberg, Norway

April 4-5: Finland Investigative Journalism Conference, Helsinki, Finland

April 4-5: International Symposium on Online Journalism, Austin, US

April 12 - 15: IPI World Congress, Capetown, South Africa

April 30 - May 5: International Journalism Festival, Perugia, Italy

May 3: World Press Freedom Day, Worldwide

May 9 - 10European Dataharvest+ Conference, Brussels, Belgium 

June 13-15: International Investigative Journalism Conference, Winnipeg, Canada

June 26 - 29Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference, San Francisco, US

June 30 - July  2Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Bonn, Germany

July 4 - 5Netzwerk Recherche Investigative Journalism Conference, Hamburg, Germany

July 24 - 26:  Abraji International Congress of Investigative Journalism, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

September 3 - 7Society of Environmental Journalists Conference, New Orleans, US

September 25 - 27Online News Association Conference, Chicago, US

October 21 - 24Transparency International Anti-Corruption Conference, Tunis, Tunisia

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