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GIJN Weekly Bulletin -- March 4, 2015

GIJN Welcomes Seven Groups from Six Countries

Seven journalism nonprofits from Asia, Africa, Ukraine, and the U.S. are the latest groups to join GIJN. The GIJN board voted this week to admit them, bringing our global membership to 114 organizations in 53 countries. Please join us in welcoming: India's first Centre for Investigative Journalism; the Press Institute of Mongolia: Indonesia's Alliance of Independent Journalists; Nigeria's Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, the U.S.-based Medill National Security Journalism Initiative; and Ukraine's Nikolaev Center for Investigative Reporting and Rivne Investigative Reporting Agency. Interested in joining? See our membership criteria here.

Freelance Journalists Abandoning Hundreds of Stories

Every writer knows nightmare stories of freelancing. Now here's proof of how broad the problem is: Project Word surveyed 250 journalists in 26 countries, and released its findings in Untold Stories: A Survey of Freelance Investigative Reporters. Excerpted on, the report details how increasingly dire conditions, along with poor resources, have forced freelancers to self-finance their work and abandon at least 600 public-interest stories.

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Under the Dome, Chai Jing (China)

Lumber Liquidators & Formaldehyde, CBS 60 Minutes

How the West Boosts Hungary's Orban, Direkt36

Pakistan's Imperiled Vaccinators, Nat'l Geographic

South Africa's Spy Cables, Al Jazeera

Indian Doctors Profit from the Sick, BMJ

From Chicago to Guantanamo, The Guardian

Most Dangerous Transit Systems for Women, TRF

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