U.S. journalism nonprofits report a strong upsurge of contributions following the election of Donald Trump as president. New York-based ProPublica, which was featured on comedian John Oliver's TV show, has brought in $750,000. At the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., and its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, individual donations have jumped about 70 percent compared to the same period last year.
Source: New York Times
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Transparency International (TI) are joining forces in a unique partnership to attack grand corruption on a global scale. Called the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, the initiative has raised nearly $6 million in support from the governments of the United States, Argentina, Australia, Denmark, and Norway, and the Open Society Foundations. OCCRP and TI are actively seeking reporting partners.
Swiss investigative journalists have developed an open-source computer program that identifies planes flying into Geneva which belong to authoritarian regimes. The program, dubbed GVA Dictator Alert, then raises the alert via Twitter. The program mines data from a network of antennae used by plane spotters. The group hopes to expand the program to other airports.
The level of attacks faced by journalists is “unprecedented” around the world, according to a new report by Index on Censorship. The attacks are combined with growing hostility to the news media, says the report, which focuses on a series of crackdowns in Europe. The worrisome climate has made 2016 one of the most dangerous times to be a journalist, according to data compiled by the organization.
Source: The Guardian
Veteran journalist John Dunbar is taking over as CEO of the 27-year-old Center for Public Integrity, a GIJN member and a pioneer of nonprofit investigative journalism. Dunbar, who succeeds former CNN International VP Peter Bale, is bullish on the future of nonprofit newsrooms: "We don’t face the same harsh deadlines as other news organizations, so what we do is in-depth and serious and trustworthy... We have no advertisers. And our journalism is in demand by traditional news outlets...
Source: Center for Public Integrity
Facebook is facing tough scrutiny for its role as publisher and distributor of a flood of misinformation and fake news during the U.S. election. From President Obama to media critics, the online service is being singled out for allowing extraordinary amounts of false reports to reach voters. Facebook, argues, CJR, "should play a more active part in editing—yes, editing—its own platform, and hiring actual people to do so."