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.

Reporters Without Borders: Russian troops in Ukraine are compiling lists of journalists for questioning

Reporters Without Borders: Russian troops in Ukraine are compiling lists of journalists for questioning. “As Russian soldiers in the mostly occupied Zaporizhzhia region draw up ‘lists of leading local figures to be kidnapped’ and search for journalists in order to make them collaborate or to silence them, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reminds the Russian authorities that targeting journalists is a war crime.”

New York Times: G/O Media, Owner of Gizmodo and Deadspin, Buys Business Site Quartz

New York Times: G/O Media, Owner of Gizmodo and Deadspin, Buys Business Site Quartz . “G/O Media, the owner of websites that once belonged to the blog empire Gawker Media, has acquired the business news site Quartz, the latest deal in a wave of consolidation among digital publishers. Zach Seward, a co-founder and the chief executive of Quartz, will stay on at the company as Quartz’s editor in chief and general manager, said Jim Spanfeller, the chief executive of G/O Media.”

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.”

Washington Post: A fight over covid safety at journalists’ gala event

Washington Post: A fight over covid safety at journalists’ gala event. “Behind the scenes, one prominent covid expert is scrapping with organizers hesitant to install devices that disinfect the air using ultraviolet light, with party planners worried the devices would interfere with the program. Don Milton, a University of Maryland environmental scientist who has advised the White House and others on airborne transmission, said his offer to have a company install the devices at no charge was rebuffed by both the correspondents association and the Washington Hilton, which is hosting the event.”

New York Times: Before Washington’s ‘Nerd Prom,’ Lots of Risk-Benefit Calculation

New York Times: Before Washington’s ‘Nerd Prom,’ Lots of Risk-Benefit Calculation. “Vice President Kamala Harris’s coronavirus infection is raising questions that some in the nation’s capital wish would remain unspoken: Is it safe for President Biden to attend the so-called nerd prom, otherwise known as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Should the dinner even be held? The flashy event, at which journalists, politicians and policy wonks mingle with celebrities, is returning in person this Saturday after a two-year absence because of the pandemic. It will be the first time a president has attended since 2016. Expected attendance: 2,600.”

Coconuts Manila: Washington Post journalist details social media attacks after report exposing Marcos ‘online revisionism project’ goes live

Coconuts Manila: Washington Post journalist details social media attacks after report exposing Marcos ‘online revisionism project’ goes live. “Washington Post reporter Regine Cabato shared that she had been targeted by social media accounts defending Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. immediately after her story detailing efforts to rehabilitate the Marcos family’s image and bolster his campaign through online propaganda went live. The report chronicled findings from her months of investigative work tailing pro-Marcos accounts on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube, as well as interviews with insiders who explained what the going rates were for troll farm and social media moderators tasked with spewing pro-Marcos messages.”

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.”

Bellingcat: Bellingcat is Banned in Russia. Here’s How to Beat the Block

Bellingcat: Bellingcat is Banned in Russia. Here’s How to Beat the Block. “On March 16, Russia’s Prosecutor-General added Bellingcat’s website to a blocklist. This is the latest of Moscow’s ongoing attempts to prevent our investigations reaching the public. We have been aware of the possibility that our website will be blocked for some time and remain committed to our readers in Russia. To that end, we have taken measures to ensure that they can continue to access our website. These include the use of Tor browsers and VPNs.”