Shining Light Award, Muckraking's New Era, Data Tools
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GIJN Weekly Bulletin -- Feb. 25, 2015

Global Shining Light Award
Submissions Open

Every two years, GIJN presents the Global Shining Light Award to honor investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. Our past winners are an extraordinary group of journalists. This year's winner will be a guest in October at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Norway. Stories released in 2013-14 are eligible, and deadline to apply is May 1. For more, see our awards site.

A New Era of Muckraking

Although battered by tough economic times and a changing financial model, investigative journalism is enjoying a renaissance. So argues Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois. In this extensive overview, Houston traces how the crisis has led to the creation of nonprofit newsrooms, networks, and innovative start-ups around the world, fueled by new technology and data-driven journalism.

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Top Ten #ddj: The Week's Most Popular Journalism Links, GIJN and Connected Action

Drilling Down: A Quick Guide to Free (or Cheap) Data Tools, Nils Mulvad

Tips & Tools

Investigative Journalism Course Syllabi, IJEC

How CIR Tracks Impact, Futures Lab

Mapping Networks with NodeXL, Marc Smith

Freelance Reporters Survey, Project Word

Think Tank Transparency Rating, Transparify
Stories of the Week

As I Lay Dying, Los Angeles Times

Citizenfour, Laura Poitras

South Africa's Secret Nuclear Plan, Amabhungane

India's Deadly LPG Failure, IndiaSpend

Mexico: Held by Mining, El Universal

Clinton Foundation Questions, Washington Post

Latvia's Golden Visas, Re:Baltica

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