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GIJN Weekly Bulletin -- August 26, 2015

GIJC15 Hits a Record 100 Countries 

We've passed the 100 country mark! That's how many nations will be represented when we gather in Norway this October for the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, making #GIJC15 the most diverse international gathering yet of muckrakers. Be sure to check our Special Events, with an Investigative Film Fest, a gala dinner and Global Shining Light Award, a CryptoParty, and our Muckrakers blues band. 

Journalist's Guide to Web Scraping  

As soon as we posted Canadian journalist Nael Shiab's guide to web scraping, our web traffic jumped. Find out why journalists in 108 countries viewed this story. And don't miss his follow-up on the ethics of grabbing data. Should you identify yourself as a journalist? Or is it the Wild West out there?

China's Media Digs into Explosions

Despite heavy-handed censorship, Chinese media is doing an extraordinary job covering the deadly explosions in Tianjin, which killed over 100 people. Our story reports on how journalists are digging into why toxic plants were built near residences, who owns them, the failure of official oversight, and the botched response to the disaster.

Helping Russian Media:    Journalism or Propaganda?  

IMPACT: What happens when a U.S. Embassy offers a $500,000 training grant for investigative journalists to "counter Russian messaging"? OCCRP's Drew Sullivan cried foul on our site: "The solution is to recommit ourselves to supporting independent and non-profit media, not propaganda." A day later, the Embassy reissued the grant with no mention of propaganda or messaging.

Also on

Reporter's Journal: A Malaria Arrest, Francis Mbala

Research Desk: Nuclear, Health Databases, New Int’l Reports, Gary Price

Tips & Tools 

Journalism Safety Toolkit, IJNet

Journalists Seeking Asylum, CJR

eyeWitness Atrocities App, IBA

23 Tips for Social Media Images, Buffer 

12 Interviewing Tips, Poynter 

Crowdsourcing Tips, Journalism News

Exporting Corruption, TI 

Who Tracks Online Reading, OSF

Designing Nonprofit New Sites, INN

Stories of the Week

Africa: Ivory’s Human Toll, Nat’l Geographic

Pakistan: Gangs of Karachi, Harper’s
Italy: The Mafia’s War on Journalists, Al Jazeera

Colombia: Conflicts of Interest, Poderopedia/Vice 

Peru: Laundering Gold with the Swiss, OjoPublico

China: Toxic Firm's Hong Kong Holding Company, Initium 

China: A Mysterious Company, Beijing News

Nicaragua: China’s Missing Canal, Bloomberg

Russia: Putin’s Way, Frontline

US: Obama’s New Nuke, Reveal

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