Here's a new tool that's getting a lot of attention: Google just released Data GIF Maker, a tool to help journalists make their own data GIFs. GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format) are widely used for animated images on websites and social media. Google is making it easy to apply them to data sets, making data visualizations even more available to journalists and storytellers.
Last week, a melee broke out between black-suited security officers with visiting Turkish President Erdogan and protesters in Wash., D.C. News reports and video pointed to Erdogan's own men as the instigators, but the embassy blamed demonstrators. Reporters from The New York Times painstakingly reviewed videos and photos to track the actions of 24 men, and found that Turkish officials were indeed behind the attacks. Impressive sleuthing by the Times.
Source: New York Times
GIJN member organization ABRAJI, Brazil's Association of Investigative Journalism, holds its annual conference from June 29 to July 1 in São Paulo. The gathering will feature about 60 panels, seminars and workshops, with experts and journalists from Brazil, the United States, Argentina and Mexico. Topics include political coverage, corruption, funding independent journalism, data journalism and advanced reporting techniques. To find out more about the conference, click the ABRAJI source link below.
Japan's Waseda University hosts an international symposium on investigative journalism this June 4. “Investigative Journalism in Asia: Perspectives and Prospects" will feature representatives of four nonprofit newsrooms from Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. Among the topics: investigative projects, sustainable models, and cross-border partnerships. Organized by Waseda University’s Institute for Journalism/Waseda Chronicle and the Committee to Protect Journalists in cooperation with GIJN.
Source: Waseda Chronicle
Matthew Caruana Galizia, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Panama Papers team, was temporarily locked out of his Facebook account over four posts, which were deleted for violating the social network’s community standards. Caruana Galizia published a series of posts alleging corruption by the prime minister of Malta and his associates. Written in Maltese, each post included images of documents from the Panama Papers leak. The censorship comes amid political turmoil, where a snap election is scheduled for 3 June.
Source: The Guardian
Javier Valdez Cárdenas was shot and killed this week near the offices of Ríodoce, the local weekly he founded in 2003 in Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state. He covered drug trafficking and crime and wrote several books about the drug trade. His death follows the March murder of his colleague at La Jornada, Miroslava Breach, who was shot eight times outside her home. The New York Times recently noted that more than 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000.