Spotlight on Europe, Watergate's Legacy, Award Deadline
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GIJN Weekly Bulletin -- April 15, 2015
Muckraking Across Europe:
Big Events, Big Prize 

Lots of action in Europe these days. The International Journalism Festival in Perugia starts this week with data workshops and panels on investigations in Hungary, Italy, and cross-border projects by GIJN members IRPI, OCCRP, and CORRECT!V. Then on May 8-10 in Brussels is's DataHarvest conference, with sessions on investigative journalism start-ups, ICIJ's LuxLeaks, crowdfunding, and plenty of data tools. This week also brought news of the European Press Prizes, which honored a Journalismfund-backed project on migrant deaths and work by OCCRP, Spain's El País, and Russia's Novaya Gazeta.

May 1 Deadline Nears for Global Shining Light Award

Are you a journalist who's done brilliant investigative work in a developing or transitioning country, despite threats or duress? The Global Shining Light is the only award that honors your work, and time is running out to apply. The winner receives a commemorative plaque and US$1,000 -- plus a trip to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference this October, where you'll accept the award in front of hundreds of colleagues from around the world. Deadline is May 1, so be sure to submit your application by then. Information is available in multiple languages

WashPost's Marty Baron on Journalism's Future
Marty Baron, the Washington Post editor, gave a speech last week on the future of journalism. His talk was full of digital strategy, but what struck us were his editorial priorities: "Number one, we need original, on-the-scene reporting. We must go places, see things, interview people... The world cannot be covered without leaving the office." And: "Where I work, the soaring journalistic achievement captured in one word – Watergate – still serves as an inspiration and a call to duty. We cannot let investigative muscles atrophy in our profession." 

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Tips & Tools

Watchdogs Under Watch, CIMA 

The Water Black Market, Brookings 

Tips on Covering Money, Reynolds Center

Soft Censorship Monitor, WAN-IFRA 

How to Write a Thesis, NewYorker

Mobile Journalism Tips for Android,

Nonprofit News Ventures, Knight Foundation

How To Pitch Stories, IJNet

Why Newspapers Need Stickier News, Shorenstein
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Orphanages from Hell, Zam 

Liberia’s Idle Ebola Clinics, NYT 

Deforestation in Peru, OjoPublico 

When Cops Kill, Washington Post 

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Fraud in Romania’s Lottery, RISE Project 

Medical Fraud in Nepal, CIJ Nepal

How Wall Street Killed Bank Regs, Reuters

DEA Tracked Billions of Calls, USA Today

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