Press Freedom's New Low, Call for GIJC15 Papers, IJ + Art
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GIJN Weekly Bulletin -- May 6, 2015

Press Freedom Hits 10-Year Low 
GIJN and many of our members marked World Press Freedom Day on May 3, part of over 100 events worldwide celebrating press freedom. Sadly, two new reports note alarming trends in declining media freedom. Freedom of the Press 2015 finds that harsh laws and violence have driven press freedom to its lowest level in a decade. And a Council of Europe report finds that journalist safety has fallen in over a third of European states. But we have important allies in this fight, as this statement by UN leaders shows.

Global Conference: Call for Research Papers
Journalism profs: It's back. The 9th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, this October 8-11 in Norway, will again feature its popular academic research track. Journalism scholars worldwide can submit abstracts by July 8 for a short paper and panel presentation at GIJC15. Among the topics: trends in data journalism; trends in investigative reporting; adapting investigative journalism to new technologies; successful teaching methods; and challenges depending on country or culture. More info on submission requirements here

Investigate Reporting Meets Art
What happens when you combine muckraking and art? Check out this exciting project by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, that transformed reporting on problems with Wisconsin’s water quality and supply into sculptures that you can see and touch — including a life-size half cow and 1,000 balls of wool. The artists and reporters are now on tour, taking their work on the road. 

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