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How To Find Data for Asia

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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Data Journalism: Tips & Tools From Uncovering Asia 2016

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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#IJAsia16: Here’s What We’re Planning

GIJN and its partners are busy putting together an extraordinary lineup of top journalists and cutting-edge topics for the second Asian Investigative Journalism Conference on September 23 to 25. We’re bringing to Kathmandu leading investigative reporters, data journalists, and media law and security experts from across Asia and around the world. There will be winners of the Pulitzer and European Press prizes, SOPA award winners, and the best data trainers in the business. In all, we’ll have about 50 workshops, panels, brainstorming sessions and lightening rounds. Speakers include Umar Cheema (Pakistan), Sayed Nazakat (India), Sheila Coronel (Philippines), Yongjin Kim (Korea), Steven Gan (Malaysia), Ying Chan (Hong Kong), Wahyu Dhyatmika (Indonesia), Kunda Dixit (Nepal), and many more to be named soon. Continue Reading →

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Spotlight’s Robinson to Keynote Asia Investigative Conference

The keynote speaker for Uncovering Asia — the Asian Investigative Journalism Conference — will be journalist Walter “Robby” Robinson, who led the Boston Globe Spotlight team’s Pulitzer Prize winning investigation into the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. In the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight,” Robinson’s character was portrayed by actor Michael Keaton. Robinson has worked at the Globe as reporter and editor since 1972. He is currently the paper’s editor at large. “There is nothing in life more fun, more rewarding, than digging for the truth and finding stories that the people in power don’t want us to know,” Robinson recently told journalism students. Continue Reading →

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