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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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Investigating Nepal

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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“Those Who Unearth the Truth”

After a weekend of training, meeting and collaboration sessions, over 370 investigative journalists from 50 countries piled into a banquet room to hear the keynote speech by The Boston Globe’s Walter “Robby” Robinson. The famed editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative Spotlight team addressed the next generation of reporters in the room as “those who unearth the truth.” Continue Reading →

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Robinson Talks Spotlight, Accountability

Walter “Robby” Robinson led the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team during their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the Catholic Church coverup of sexual abuse by local priests. Robinson, who is now editor-at-large at the Boston paper, sat down for an interview with GIJN before his keynote speech at the Second Asia Investigative Journalism Conference in Nepal to discuss the experience, including techniques, challenges and lessons. (You can find Part Two of this interview here.)

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Survey Highlights Need for Use of RTI Laws By Pakistan Journalists

Journalists surveyed in Pakistan are lacking in harnessing the potential of data journalism: as a survey found that majority of the respondents did not utilize Right to Information laws to obtain official data and only a handful of journalists knew how to scrape data from the web. 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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