Press Freedom Hits New Low, Data Toolkit, Hostile Regions
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GIJN Bulletin -- April 29, 2016

Growing "Paranoia" as Press Freedom Hits 12-Year Low

The latest press freedom indexes are out by Reporters without Borders and Freedom House. The news confirms what we already know: that honest, watchdog media is facing a global backlash and we're losing ground almost everywhere. “Many of the world’s leaders are developing a form of paranoia about legitimate journalism,” says RSF. As media freedom hits a 12-year low, only 13% of the world enjoys a free press. But we're fighting back with new tools and networks. More on that soon!

A ddj Expert's Personal Toolkit

In this popular post, data scientist turned data journalist Duc Quang Nguyen, of, opens up his personal toolkit for readers. You'll find a great selection of ‪#ddj‬ tools and programming language (most of them open-source free tools) ranging from data acquisition, cleaning, and formatting to analysis and visualization.

Being Creative in Hostile Regions

From a media outlet that pays citizens to report from remote areas of Kenya to a portal that uses humor to inform Russians, journalism is using creativity to deal with often hostile media environments. Here's a look at how media entrepreneurs are coping under tough conditions, from the Int'l Symposium on Online Journalism.

Uncovering Asia Conference: 
Fellowships Still Available

Working professional journalists in developing and transitioning countries in Asia: don't miss the chance to apply for a fellowship to attend the 2nd Asian Investigative Journalism Conference in Nepal this Sept. 23-25. Deadline to apply is May 15.
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Top Ten #ddj (April 12-18): global app economy; Panama Papers tech; China economy dataviz; colors for data scientists; algorithmsGIJN & Connected Action

Top Ten #ddj (April 19-25): Amazon delivery & race; Cartodb.js map; ICIJ slides; France immigrant dataviz; Flint's water, GIJN & Connnected Action

Spotlight Movie: A "Hard Sell" but $88 million in Global Sales, GIJN Staff

Tips & Tools 

A Proofreader for Data, Dataproofer

Global Migration Trends, IOM

Media Freedom on the Internet, OSCE

Global Survey of Encryption Products, Berkman Center

Aid Transparency Index, PWYF

13 Tools for Online Photo Editing, Medium

+20 Mobile Storytelling Apps & Tools, Storylab

World City Growth, Luminocity

Stories of the Week 

US: Pulitzer Winners

Ortega y Gasset Awards: Winners

Kenya: Kanjo Kingdom, Africa Uncensored

Azerbaijan: Lobbyists Flout US Rules, OCCRP

US: Drug Kingpin's Deadly Deal, Dallas News

Egypt: Young Preservationists Shut Out, j4t

Luxembourg: Whistleblower Trial an Affront, ICIJ

China: School's Pollution Nightmare, CBNWeekly

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