(PARIS, 01/08/2009) -- "Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists", published with support from UNESCO, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism and International Media Support. This little book (about 80 pages in A4 format) fills a big hole in the literature on investigative reporting: It's a guide to the basics of finding, structuring and composing an investigation. Click here for the English version - Click here for the French version - For the Arabic version, go to www.arij.net
(LONDON, 17/06/2009) -- Independent investigative journalism in Britain has just got a terrific boost. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been given a £2m grant by the Potter charity foundation.(Source: The Guardian) >>
(LONDON, 15/07/2009) -- Journalists looking to increase their skills and knowledge and to find relevant resources can check out the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) recently updated "Journalists' Toolbox." The website features links to useful informational websites on topics including social media, copy editing, teaching and reporting, and student resources. Expert opinions and insight on current topics in the news are also available. To access the Journalists' Toolbox, go to http://www.journaliststoolbox.org. (Source: International Journalists Network)
News - Knight Foundation gives $15 million worth of grants to digital investigative reporting projects
(BALTIMORE, 16/06/2009) -- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced that it is to give grants totalling $15 million to help develop new economic models for investigative reporting on digital platforms. The grants intend to promote both local and national investigative reporting to "help provide the vital stories that citizens need to run their communities and their lives," said a press release. (source: Editorsweblog.org) >>
(NEW YORK, April 8, 2009) --The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Moldovan authorities today to allow Romanian journalists to enter Moldova and report on anti-communist rallies that have swept Moldova's capital, Chisinau, since Monday. Approximately 10,000 protesters took to the streets on Tuesday to protest Sunday's parliamentary election, which was won by President Vladimir Voronin's Communist Party. >>
(ALEXANDRIA, 07/04/2009) -- International dialogue forum involving UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon kicks off with unveiling of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s regional media prize.
On the opening morning of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations Forum, the world’s premier event and gathering for intercultural dialogue, the 2009 edition of the Mediterranean Journalist Award was officially launched. >>
(STRASBOURG, 31/03/2009) -- Today the European Court of Human Rights has delivered a regrettable judgment in a case of protection of journalistic sources: ECtHR 31 March 2009, Sanoma Uitgevers BV v. the Netherlands. With a 4/3 decision the Court is of the opinion that the order to hand over a CD-ROM with photographs in the possesion of the editor-in-chief of a weekly magazine is not a violation of Article 10 of the ECHR. >>
(BRUSSELS, 29/03/2009) -- There is an overwhelming interest for research grants to do European journalism. 29 journalists in 18 teams applied for 145.000 Euro. The jury thus will have a number of interesting applications to choose among when it distributes the 20.000 Euro for the grants of the pilot phase. >>
News - Predicting Media’s Future
The Quest for the Holy Grail - Karel Platteau, editor of Mediakritiek.be
(BRUSSELS, 17/03/2009) -- Mediakritiek.be - Shocks to the media like technical innovation and strangling financing make it worthwhile reading some reports to question the widespread glooming about Google. >>
The Business of Bribes: new US investigative journalism project launched
Editors Weblog - PBS ventures FRONTLINE and FRONTLINE/World have launched an online investigation into international bribery in conjunction with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and non-profit investigative journalism outfit ProPublica. The site is called "The Business of Bribes" >>
(BRUSSELS, 1303/09) -- Reporters Without Borders issued a report entitled “Enemies of the Internet” in which it examines Internet censorship and other threats to online free expression in 22 countries. >>
By Brigitte Alfter, editor of Wobbing Europe
(BRUSSELS, 10/03/2009) -- Will the public be held in the paper ages, while the EU administration is moving on to modern electronic administration? >>
(M'RICHT, 19/02/2009) Korean Press Foundation and European Journalism Centre invite you to apply for a fellowship programme. This fellowship includes a 10-day tour through South Korea. The aim is to promote comprehensive understanding of the Northeast Asian nation. >>
FOLLOW THE STORY
(BRUSSELS, 20/02/2009) -- Do you have a good idea for a journalistic story, that really matters? What about that story-idea, you never got around to do as you lacked the money for the research? Today the European Fund for Investigative Journalism, EFIJ, for the first time calls for proposals to distribute a sum of 20.000 euro for research grants. >>
News - Doing more with less: VoiceOfSanDiego.org leads the way in non-profit investigative journalism
To mark the relaunch of the Editors Weblog, the World Editors Forum is running a special series entitled "Doing More with Less." The series highlights major trends that editors-in-chief are using to steer their newsrooms through the difficult economic climate. The seventh in the series takes a look at non-profit investigative journalism site VoiceOfSanDiego.org. >>
News - Digital News Affairs 2009
(BRUSSELS, 01/02/2009) -- DNA 2009 will be tackling the big issues facing media companies large and small alike. The 4th and 5th of March in Brussels' Plaza Hotel. The hosts for the conference will be Richard Gizbert, presenter of Al Jazeera’s “The Listening Post” and Ben Hammersley, Associate Editor of Conde Nast’s “Wired” Magazine in the UK. >>
(MADISON, 14/01/2009) -- ,A new Center for Investigative Journalism is being launched to examine government integrity and other issues in Wisconsin.
(NEW YORK, 09/12/2008) -- Newspapers that so often tell people what's happening are now facing the question of what will happen to them. In the teeth of the current recession, more and more companies in the already troubled industry have been forced to cut staff and shrink the size of their publications. (Source: npr)
(New York, 09/12/2008) -- The cost of covering global health issues is expensive which means that news organizations have been cutting back on their reporting. In order to ensure coverage of their work in the health industry, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has offered a grant of $3.5 million to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. (Source: New York Times) >>
(NEW YORK, 09/12/2008) -- For the first time, the Pulitzer Prizes will accept submissions from online-only news outlets, but require that they be 'text-based' submissions from news organizations that are updated at least weekly and include original reporting. (source: Editor and Publisher) >>
(LONDON, 28/11/2008) -- Frontline Club Charitable Trust announced this year’s winners of the Frontline Club Award and the Frontline Memorial Tribute. The celebration in association with Canon UK takes place in London, on the 28th of November. This time the organization has a special award to introduce the 2008 Frontline special Commendation. The winners of this year are the photograpers Yuri Kozyrev and Arkady Babchenko.
(BRUSSELS, 27/11/2008) -- During the first European Investigative Journalism Conference on Friday November 21 in Brussels, the Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters gave a speech (through his speech writer Astrid Van Parys). Here we bring the full text.
(The Hague, 27/11/2008) -- We are a group of students studying European Studies with as specialization Communication, at The Hague University, The Netherlands. We are currently busy with a project assigned to us by the European Centre for the Vocational Training. As part of our project we are going to answer the question: How are journalists able to be influenced in order to write about publications, as well as securing coverage of initiatives and polices which may be of low news value to their audience.
(BRUSSELS - 25/11/2008) -- New journalistic stories using freedom of information acts as an integral and important part of the research are well on the way after conference in Brussels this weekend. >>
(BRUSSELS, 24/11/2008) -- A new digital handbook designed to help investigative journalists track corruption across borders was introduced Nov. 22 at the European Investigative Journalism Conference in Brussels. The handbook which is published by the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism and the International Center for Journalists provides an array of new tools for investigative journalists that will help them give the public a better understanding of regional and global criminal networks. >>
(A'DAM, 17/11/2008) -- Free dailies will now be included in the Dutch Press Fund support policy, according to Newspaper Innovation. Previously, only paid publications could apply for funds for special projects or research. >>
(FLORIDA, 17/11/2008) -- Journalists are facing serious problems in the print industry, but are also faced with a new opportunity--switching platforms so they can work everywhere. >>
(BOULDER, - 12-15/11/2008) -- The CSIS Transatlantic Media Network and the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado will host the first annual U.S.-European Environmental Journalists' Summit in Boulder, from November 12th to 15th, 2008. >>
News - Course in Foreign Reporting
(HELSINKI, 05/01/2009-30/03/2009) -- The Foreign Reporting, organised by the University of Helsinki course is a theoretical and practical course for local or international students, aimed at providing them with the conceptual framework and the practical skills needed to work as a foreign reporter on assignment. The course puts emphasis on multiculturality, ethnicity, cultural minorities and international journalism. It lasts from 5th of January to 30th of March 2009. >>
(KNOKKE-HEIST - 04/01/2009) -- Every year since 1999 Press Cartoon Belgium, or PCB, has awarded the PCB Prizes to the best press cartoons published in Belgium. On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, PCB is launching a new award, Press Cartoon Europe (PCE). Apllications have to be sent before the 4th of January 2009.
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- Social Economy
Good Pitch Europe brings together specially selected foundations, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, broadcasters, policy makers and potential corporate and brand partners to form alliances around groundbreaking films. This year it will take place on June 25th at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London.
BRUSSELS - The European Commission is pleased to invite you to take part in the EU Journalist Award 2010 – Together against discrimination! Organised in the framework of the EC’s anti-discrimination campaign, the award celebrates online and print journalists who write on issues of discrimination and diversity in the EU.
News - Journalist murdered
ATHENS - Journalist Socrates Giolias was shot at his house's entrance in the district of Ilioupolis. It is reported that police collected from this point minimum 15 shells from a 9mm firearm.
Journalists Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga investigated the illegal trade of arms in Slovenia during the early 1990s and chronicled their findings in the trilogy In the Name of the State. The first volume of the trilogy, Sell, published in June 2011, focused on the sale of arms and ammunition. The second volume, Resell, appeared in October 2011 and dealt with the purchase of arms abroad and subsequent resale to Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the UN arms embargo. The third volume, Cover-up, describes how the arms smugglers managed to keep their activities largely concealed for the last twenty years and was published in April 2012. Time for an interview with the authors, Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga.
Whistleblower website WikiLeaks is under a “kind of blackmail” over leaked Bank of America documents, according to the organisation’s editor-in-chief, Julian Assange.
REYKJAVIK - Het IJslandse parlement heeft unaniem een wet aangenomen waardoor de vrijheid van meningsuiting en van informatie wordt versterkt. Nieuwsorganisaties, blogs en andere personen en instanties kunnen namelijk gevoelige informatie veilig onderbrengen op het eiland.
BRUSSELS — A money laundering scheme could only be revealed through cross-border cooperation, says the team behind the latest story supported by Journalismfund.eu. An Estonian team started out and in cooperation with Bulgarian colleague revealed several stories including party funding and a pyramid-style investment scheme. By Brigitte Alfter
"The web is the future of journalism, but let's be honest: the future isn’t living up to expectations. Newspapers and magazines have cut back on in-depth reporting. Gossip sites have proliferated. The web has become a byword for fast and cheap. Why isn’t it synonymous with fearless, investigative and enthralling writing?"
The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism published an extensive article on its website on how newspapers are faring trying to build digital revenue.
PUMA.Creative, in partnership with the BRITDOC Foundation, announced Budrus, the story of a successful non-violent protest in the West Bank, as the winner of the 2012 PUMA.Creative Impact Award. This annual €50,000 award was created by PUMA to identify and honour the documentary film that has made the most significant positive social or environmental impact. Gasland was awarded a Special Jury Commendation.
PUMA.Creative and The BRITDOC Foundation today announced the five finalists for the 2012 PUMA.Creative Impact Award. The €50,000 award honours the documentary film that has made the most significant positive impact on society or the environment.
Good Pitch brings together documentary filmmakers with NGOs, social entrepreneurs, foundations, social entrepreneurs, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues, so that together they can forge coalitions with doc projects at their heart. There are 6 days to go until the deadline (28 January) for Good Pitch Europe 2013 applications.
BRUSSELS - The EU Health Prize for Journalists 2010 will be awarded to stimulate high-quality journalism that raises awareness of issues related to healthcare and patients' rights.
The European Commission is proud to present the fourth edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists. It is awarded to stimulate high-quality journalism that raises awareness of issues related to healthcare and patients' rights. The prize highlights health policy initiatives contained in the "Europe for Patients" campaign.
News - #dataharvest13
One of the most relevant networking events for investigative and data journalists covering Europe is up to its third edition this year. Journalismfund.eu’s Data Harvest Conference brings together committed journalists from all over Europe to pass on their skills and share their stories and inspiration. #dataharvest13 will take place on 3 and 4 May in Brussels.
From the 6th till the 8th of May 2012 the European Data Harvest Conference brought together the cream of European data journalism in Brussels.
In February 2010 the Carnegie UK Trust appointed Blair Jenkins as a ‘Carnegie Fellow’ to investigate how better news media can be delivered in the digital age. The results of Jenkins' investigation have now been published in a sharp report: 'Better Journalism in the Digital Age'.
BELGRADE - Web 3.0 - where is the internet heading? Who will decide which content you’ll be able to find online? And how will the web help in strengthening democracy and human rights?
The “Creative Funding for Creative Media” conference brought together leading US and European pioneers of crowd- and philanthropically-funded journalism for the first time in a European forum. The post-conference report has now been published.
Do you have an idea for a European story? Do you have an idea for a story that goes across borders? Then maybe Journalismfund.eu can help you with a research grant.
Journalism.co.uk talks with pioneers of crowdfunded reporting.
News - Data Harvest Conference 2012
Come to the Data Harvest conference in Brussels from May 6th-8th 2012. Get freshly harvested Farmsubsidy.org data, meet the most interesting journalists in the field of data journalism and visualisation, freedom of information, visualisation and cross-border reporting.
Come to the Data Harvest conference in Brussels on May 6th-8th 2012. Get freshly harvested Farmsubsidy.org data, meet the most interesting journalists in the field of data journalism and visualisation, freedom of information, visualisation and cross-border reporting.
The six winners of the first edition of the Data Journalism Awards were announced on 31 May at the News World Summit in Paris.
News - Facebook launches media page
NEW YORK - The new Facebook + Media page is geared to media organizations to help them “drive referral traffic, increase engagement, and deepen user insights”.
MIAMI - The Pascal Decroos Fund aims to bring with Mediafair.org a sustainable interactive, crowd sourcing, - funding and community journalistic platform that makes journalists perceived trustful in bringing via dialogue the stories that matter to the people. Mediafair enables journalists to brand themselves and their work. Mediafair would make journalists to spend less time looking for the right tools, and spend more time using the best tools to create in-depth stories and get them to their public.
While the broadband age is enabling an information and communications renaissance, local communities in particular are being unevenly served with critical information about local issues. This report, delivered by the American FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in 2011, makes recommendations on how the information needs of communities can be met in a broadband world.
COPENHAGEN - Nils Mulvad talks on Mediakritiek.be about the #U21Aarhus! – project. The Danish School of Media and Journalism have joined up with Active Institute and selected media partners to cover the UEFA U21 Championships with a group of 20 senior journalism students.
A study into online journalistic start-ups and their business models conducted as a joint project of three universities was published recently. By looking at 69 case studies, it analyses the online journalism landscape in nine countries and gives recommendations to media entrepreneurs on how to build a sustainable online platform.
"For the past few years, The Guardian newspaper in Britain has been running its newsroom with a strong commitment to something called “open journalism.” It means, mainly, that reporters keep readers informed at every step along the way – usually over Twitter – as they develop stories."