Category : GIJC2013

African Journalism Unit Focuses on Environmental Threats

Endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, the oxpecker bird clings on to large mammals, feeding off the ticks, flies and other pests found on their host’s hide.

“We aim to do the same with the world body,” says oxpeckers.org founder Fiona Mcleod, making one of the 150 panel presentations at the Global Investigative Journalists Conference (GIJC2013) this week in Rio de Janeiro.

In this instance, however, the parasites she plans to identify and destroy are criminal poachers, such as those destroying African rhinos.

With extensive experience in covering environmental issues, the South African journalist recognized the need for more advanced tools to enhance investigative pieces.

“I’ve done traditional reporting methods for longer than I’d like to admit and the whole media landscape is changing so in order to carry on doing environmental investigations you have to try and [work] with the changes,” says Macleod.

Her answer is Africa’s first journalistic investigative unit focused exclusively on the environment, which she hopes will play a role in revolutionizing environmental reporting on that continent.

The unit is data driven, offering a mapping tool that tracks environmental crimes. The intention is to give readers instant visualization of the extent that these events are occurring. READ MORE

Categories: Corruption, GIJC2013, IACC Young Journalist

Oil Industry’s Relationships with Governments Vexed by Complications

Journalists willing to take on their governments and investigate oil production must be fearless by necessity.

But a session at the Global Investigative Journalist Conference (GIJC2013) this past Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, highlighted the complexities facing muckrakers trying to extract meaningful data from  national governments and titans of industry, despite requirements for transparency.
During the session, panelists discussed the glut of data that is simultaneously making investigations into the global extractive industries around the world easier, yet more difficult.

“SSabo avatar.jpg.75x75pxlowly, governments are releasing more data about these industries, the problem is that there is so much, it can be overwhelming to work with,” said Maren Sabo of Magazine X in Norway. READ MORE

Categories: Corruption, GIJC2013, IACC Young Journalist

Facebook, el Amigo Detective

Siempre hay un colega de trabajo, una madre o un primo que comete un error. Solo hay que saber cómo buscarlo.

Aunque la compañía o persona que estamos investigando sea escurridiza y cautelosa, buscadores y redes sociales pueden llevarnos rápidamente al rastro de nuestro objetivo, al de sus amigos o al de quien tuitea junto a él.

Paul Myers se ha consolidado como un experto en búsquedas en Internet y durante el workshop “Rastreando las redes sociales” en la Conferencia Global de Periodismo de Investigación (GIJC13) mostró cómo encontrar lo que nunca conseguiríamos en una simple pesquisa en Google.

Facebook es una buena herramienta para los primeros pasos de la investigación. En la red social podemos encontrar, por ejemplo, los amigos que comparten dos personas a las que seguimos la pista y que pueden llevarnos a nuevas asociaciones que desconocíamos. Parece tan simple que no necesita truco, pero ayudará escribir en la búsqueda “mutual friends with X and Y” para obtener inmediatamente el resultado que buscamos. READ MORE

Categories: GIJC2013, IACC Young Journalist, Journalism

Meet Your New Best Friend: Hackers Aid Digital Journalists

Hackers are journalists’ new best friends. They source, scrape, and program data – so reporters can uncover stories that might not otherwise be revealed. And slowly, they’re carving out a place in the assembly line of journalism, according to Miguel Paz, a journalist and founder ofPoderopedia, a websitethat exposes the relationships between the business and political world in Chile using publicly available data.

Hackers and computer geeks have to be your best friend he said, because they “know how to do things that you don’t know…You need that person and he needs you because you as a journalist….have good questions. Of course I know how to scrape and get the data out but what do I do with it? That’s where you come in.” READ MORE

Categories: GIJC2013, IACC Young Journalist

An Infusion of Transparency in the Arab World

Rana Sabbagh, executive director of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) could not be prouder.

This past weekend she had the opportunity to present the work of her association at the four-day Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio de Janiero, which because it has drawn more than 1,300 journalists from 89 nations is being called “The World Cup of investigative journalism”.

During a session dedicated to “The state of global investigative journalism,” this prominent Jordanian journalist described several ground-breaking, undercover investigations executed in the Arab world.

Since the start of the “Arab Spring” uprisings, in January 2011, political, social and economic changes have often been sharp, and local journalists found it necessary to evolve rapidly to cope with those transformations. ARIJ, the first and only NGO in the region promoting investigative journalism, has since then, and even before, been assisting muckrakers during the transition. READ MORE

Categories: GIJC2013, IACC Young Journalist, Journalism

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