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How To Find Data for Asia

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As Mar Cabra of the Panama Papers team stated at the plenary session of the Second Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, massive electronic leaks are the new norm. Indeed, the smart use of data by journalists generally has been vital in uncovering big business scandals, exposing corruption, and revealing malpractices in both government and private sectors. And Asia and Asian journalists are an integral part of this global trend. At the conference Saturday morning, three well known data journalists from Asia shared their experience on how they collect data for stories and the challenges of digging out more than is publicly available. “It is not easy to get data from the governments in Asia,” observed Adek Media Roza, head of Katadata’s research unit in Jakarta, Indonesia. Continue Reading →

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Investigating Nepal

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The last two decades have been challenging ones for Nepal, with the country witnessing a decade-long violent conflict and another ten years of unstable political transition. It is during these difficult years that Nepal’s media have come of age, resisting pressures ranging from newsroom censorship by the state to physical attacks against reporters by rebel Maoists. From exposing wartime atrocities to investigating corruption in Nepal’s leading institutions, including the Supreme Court of Nepal, investigative journalism is slowly but surely establishing itself in Nepal. Continue Reading →

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Covering Minorities: Smart and Sensitive Reporting

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When reporting on minorities and the disenfranchised, it’s critical to understand the historical-cultural context and sensitivities, a panel of veteran investigative journalists told participants at the Uncovering Asia 2016 conference in Nepal. Prangtip Daorueng from Thailand, Stella Paul from India, and Esther Htusan from Myanmar have all covered disenfranchised communities in their countries. Below are their tips on smart reporting, from story conceptualization to dealing with the aftermath. Finding the Story

“When you want to do a story about the minorities, start with the ordinary people who suffer.”Covering minorities is about the people, not power, Daorueng underscored. “Journalists like to check on politicians and tycoons. Continue Reading →

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Data Journalism: Tips & Tools From Uncovering Asia 2016

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Three days of panels and workshops with some of the top investigative journalists and trainers in the world produced an incredible amount of information useful for digging up—and visualizing—powerful stories. In case you missed anything, GIJN compiled presentations from last week’s Uncovering Asia 2016 conference in Kathmandu, Nepal. Continue Reading →

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