Washington Post: Pulitzer Prize-winning Fatal Force Database updated with federal IDs of police departments involved in fatal shootings

Washington Post: Pulitzer Prize-winning Fatal Force Database updated with federal IDs of police departments involved in fatal shootings. “The Washington Post’s Fatal Force Database, which has logged every fatal shooting in the United States by a police officer in the line of duty since 2015, has been updated to include federal IDs (formally called Originating Agency Identifiers, or ORIs) of police departments involved in fatal shootings. This update allows users to more easily combine Washington Post data with external sources of policing data, which typically include federal IDs as a standard identifier for departments.”

Washington Post: Ernie Lazar, who quietly amassed huge FBI archive, dies at 77

Washington Post: Ernie Lazar, who quietly amassed huge FBI archive, dies at 77. “Lazar, who died Nov. 1 at his home in Palm Springs, Calif., at 77, was not booked on shows as a historical pundit. He did not write his own manuscripts or articles. His name, if noticed at all, was tucked into acknowledgments in books such as Christopher Elias’s ‘Gossip Men’ (2021) on the ‘Red Scare’ era and Thomas Konda’s ‘Conspiracies of Conspiracies: How Delusions Have Overrun America’ (2019). But to a generation of authors, researchers, academics and others, Lazar was a figure of heroic proportions.”

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: MOOCs on covering the climate crisis attract more than 3,800 and can now be taken at anytime, from anywhere

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: MOOCs on covering the climate crisis attract more than 3,800 and can now be taken at anytime, from anywhere. “A recent multilingual course on covering the climate crisis is now available as a self-directed course after reaching 3,810 students from 151 countries. The massive open online courses (MOOCs), ‘How to cover the climate crisis – and fight disinformation,’ ran for four weeks, from Aug. 8 to Sept. 4, 2022. They were organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas with support from Google News Initiative.” The course is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Brookings Institution: Investigative journalism is essential for Ukraine reconstruction and anti-corruption

Brookings Institution: Investigative journalism is essential for Ukraine reconstruction and anti-corruption. “Any consideration of the anti-corruption aspects of Ukraine’s reconstruction should include a central focus on funding an expansion of independent investigative journalism capacities. Supported by just a small fraction of reconstruction funding, journalists can mitigate corruption by reporting on financing, procurement, project execution, and other subjects.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: New US company owner database ‘taking way too long’ to implement, experts warn

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: New US company owner database ‘taking way too long’ to implement, experts warn. “After ICIJ’s FinCEN Files investigation, transparency advocates cheered a new law mandating a beneficial ownership register in the U.S. Two years later, experts are expressing serious concerns.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: How to navigate and search ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: How to navigate and search ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database. “In the first installment of this multi-part video series, ICIJ’s training manager Jelena Cosic walks through the basics of how to search through more than 800,000 offshore entities from the Pandora Papers, Panama Papers and more.”

ProPublica: How We Fight Back When Officials Resist Releasing Information You Have a Right to Know

ProPublica: How We Fight Back When Officials Resist Releasing Information You Have a Right to Know. “All told, as of June 15, we and our partners at the Texas Tribune had filed about 70 records requests related to the shooting and hadn’t gotten any records back; we’ve gotten a few things since then. We weren’t just denied by the city, but also by Gov. Greg Abbott’s office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Marshals Service.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Sign up for a guided email tour of the Pandora Papers

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Sign up for a guided email tour of the Pandora Papers. “The Pandora Papers also explore how this shadow economy takes a global toll beyond lost tax revenue, harming everyday people and the public interest in often unexpected ways. To help readers navigate the vast scope of this investigation, this six-part guided tour will walk you through the most explosive stories and break down key findings, email-by-email over the next two weeks, right in your inbox.”

Global Investigative Journalism Network: How Journalists Can Investigate on Telegram

Global Investigative Journalism Network: How Journalists Can Investigate on Telegram. “Telegram can also be an invaluable research tool, allowing journalists to mine information and investigate groups of people whose content is otherwise banned or limited on other social networks (often for violating terms of use or hate speech laws). It’s also useful to track protests and other social movements in authoritarian countries, like Russia, where the app still functions.”

Stars and Stripes: Detailed ‘open source’ news investigations are catching on

Stars and Stripes: Detailed ‘open source’ news investigations are catching on. “One of the more striking pieces of journalism from the Ukraine war featured intercepted radio transmissions from Russian soldiers indicating an invasion in disarray, their conversations even interrupted by a hacker literally whistling ‘Dixie.’ It was the work of an investigations unit at The New York Times that specializes in open-source reporting, using publicly available material like satellite images, mobile phone or security camera recordings, geolocation and other internet tools to tell stories.”

Washington Post: Database of 231 videos exposes the horrors of war in Ukraine

Washington Post: Database of 231 videos exposes the horrors of war in Ukraine. “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is one of the most documented wars ever. Citizens, public officials and soldiers have posted videos every day that show the dead bodies in neighborhoods, the trails of missiles streaking through the skies and the smoldering ruins of entire towns. The Washington Post’s visual forensics team started to verify and catalogue videos from the war the day Russia’s invasion began. This work is now searchable in a database that will be updated. The videos have been uploaded in raw format; graphic content is clearly marked.”

Global Investigative Journalism Network: 10 Lessons from Bellingcat’s Logan Williams on Digital Forensic Techniques

Global Investigative Journalism Network: 10 Lessons from Bellingcat’s Logan Williams on Digital Forensic Techniques. “Logan Williams is a data scientist on the Bellingcat investigative technology team. He spoke about digital forensic reporting labs at the 2022 International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. GIJN attended the panel and caught up with Williams afterward to hear his top tips and advice for using digital forensic techniques in your reporting.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: The inside story of how the Offshore Leaks Database became a go-to resource on offshore finance

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: The inside story of how the Offshore Leaks Database became a go-to resource on offshore finance. “After steadily expanding the database since 2013 with information from 2016’s Panama Papers project and four other leaks, ICIJ today releases the last batch of data, which includes new data on more than 9,000 offshore companies, foundations and trusts, from the Pandora Papers, the massive leak from 14 so-called offshore service providers that powered last year’s largest-ever journalism collaboration of the same name. As we close the final chapter of the Pandora Papers in the Offshore Leaks Database, we share what it took to bring it to life — and why it has become an essential tool in the global fight to dismantle offshore secrecy.

MediaZona: Who dies in the war with Ukraine. Research “Mediazona”

MediaZona, machine-translated to English: Who dies in the war with Ukraine. Research “Mediazona”. “Mediazona, together with a team of volunteers, studied more than 1,700 publications about the death of Russian soldiers in Ukraine. This is more than the official death toll given by the Russian Defense Ministry at the end of March; the real losses are, of course, much higher. The data we have collected allows us to judge what happens to the Russian army during the invasion. Here are some conclusions.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Post-Gazette Searchable Bridge Database

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Post-Gazette Searchable Bridge Database. “The Post-Gazette has created a database that allows readers to search the conditions of more than 22,000 bridges across the state — the first such database of its kind in Pennsylvania — to better inform the public about the spans in their communities and where millions of drivers cross each day. Though the state Department of Transportation no longer makes public the notes written by inspectors, citing an exemption to Pennsylvania’s open records law, the Post-Gazette downloaded the communications before they were removed and believes the public has a right to know more about the bridges in their communities.”