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GIJN Bulletin -- February 2, 2017


Keeping Watchdog Reporting Alive

How to keep investigative journalism alive? Here are fresh tips for all independent media, from nonprofits to online startups. Development ace Armando Zumaya shares three keys to board fundraising. Media entreprenur expert James Breiner tells how the press can activate its social capital. And gutsy Thai publisher Chiranuch Premchaiporn gives examples of diversifying revenue sources. GIJN, meanwhile, is reviewing applications for our free fundraising consults and will contact participants soon. Want more on sustainability? Check gijn.org.

GIJN Arabic, Russian Launched 



We're excited to announce that GIJN has launched two new initiatives with our members: GIJN in Russian, in partnership with the Regional Press Development Institute (RPDI); and GIJN Arabic, in partnership with Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). We'll be sharing the best investigative tips & tools, groundbreaking stories, grants & fellowships, data sets and more: These join our existing regional channels: GIJN Africa, GIJN Chinese, and GIJN en Español

FOIA This! 


FOI expert Toby McIntosh kicks off his new column for GIJN on FOI/RTI success stories this week. His first piece gives examples from journalists in India, the UK, and US who exposed trouble with blood transfusion, traffic tickets, prison drugs, and police corruption. With FOI laws now in 115 countries, here are case studies worth paying attention to. Have a great story from a FOI/RTI request? Send it to Toby and we’ll share it with journalists worldwide.

GIJN Calls for End to Harassment of Nigeria's Premium Times


We tend to let our pals at CPJ and RSF help the many journalists under fire around the world. But when generals and oligarchs go after one of our member organizations, GIJN lets them know the world is watching. That's what we did last week, demanding an end to harassment of Premium Times, one of Africa's premier investigative outlets, now under assault by a thin-skinned Nigerian military with lawsuits, a raid, and arrests. 
Also on GIJN.org

Exposing the Conduct of Chicago Police (with data), Kiefer & Smith

Top Ten #ddj (Jan. 9-15): DIY graphs; identifying megaregions; data reporting; dataviz without data; colorizing images, GIJN & Connected Action

Why Investigative Journalism Needs our Help, Matt Carroll

Tips & Tools 


Global Muckraking Free Course, Columbia Univ.

Global Corruption Rankings 2016, Transparency Int'l

Freedom in the World 2017, Freedom House

Facebook Gov't Requests Report, Facebook

Cano World Press Freedom Prize, UNESCO

Persephone Miel Fellowships, Pulitzer Center

Database: Anti-Media Online Abuse, IPI

Surveillance Self Defense, Intercept

How to Count Big Crowds, Chicago Tribune

Nominations Open for Knight Award, IJNet

Database: Global Nuclear Power, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 

Stories of the Week 


Global: Tracking Trump's Conflicts of Interest, Bloomberg

Global: Trump's Ties (dataviz), Wired

South Africa: ANC’s "Black Ops," amaBhungane

Egypt: Marital Rape, ARIJ

US: Secret Motors in Bike Racing, 60 Min.

China: Counterfeit Capital, News.123

US: Fracking Complaints Massive, Public Herald

Mexico: Women & the War, Periodistas de a Pie

India: Shipbreaking's Hidden Cost, Al Jazeera, EJC

US: Breast Cancer, Money, & Myth, Pt. Reyes Light

Peru: Behind Lima's Drug Shortage, Ojo Publico

Japan: Dentsu's Paid-for News, Waseda Chronicle
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