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6 online tools for investigative journalism

Investigative journalism has long been the marker by which news organisations – and journalists – measure their worth.

“As a journalist your main tool is talking to people and asking the right questions of the right people,” said civic technologist and self-described “OpenGov and data journalism geek” Friedrich Lindenberg in a webinar on investigative journalism tools for the International Centre for Journalists last week.

“This is still true, but also you can ask the right questions with the right databases. You can ask the right questions with the right tools.”

Lindenberg listed an arsenal of tools the investigative journalist can equip themselves with. Here are some of the highlights.

DocumentCloud

Lindenberg described DocumentCloud as a “shared folder of documents”, offering different folders that can be used for various investigations, control over who can access which documents, the ability to annotate different parts of documents, search throughout and embed segments or entire documents.

Even better, DocumentCloud looks for “entities” – such as people, companies, countries, institutions – identifies them and makes them searchable, which is especially useful for legal documents that may stretch into hundreds of pages when you are only interested in a few key points.

DocumentCloud is run by IRE but Lindenberg encouraged journalists to contact him at SourceAfrica.net, where an open source version of the software is available.

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Latest speakers announced for news:rewired February 2015

More speakers have been confirmed for the next news:rewired digital journalism conference, to be held in London on Tuesday 3 February.

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More speakers announced for news:rewired

We are pleased to announce the next batch of speakers for the upcoming news:rewired conference on Tuesday 3 February in London, including speakers from BuzzFeed UK, investigative site Bellingcat and the Guardian.

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Aron Pilhofer among first speakers announced for news:rewired

We are delighted to announce the first speakers for the next news:rewired digital journalism conference, including the Guardian’s recently appointed executive editor for digital Aron Pilhofer.

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[10 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 1,224 views | By ]
The next news:rewired digital journalism event: Tuesday 3 February

After another sell-out day of tips, tools and trends in modern journalism in July, we can now announce the next news:rewired conference will take place on Tuesday 3 February 2015.

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 1,672 views | By ]
How one broadcaster is reaching the ‘YouTube Generation’

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Delivering the closing presentation of today’s news:rewired conference, Stijn Lehaen, head of VRT’s ‘start-up’ shared his experiences of working for a large Belgium broadcaster, but in a division using the principles of a small, flexible business to reach the ‘YouTube Generation’
The YouTube generation, he said, are media users who want some control over the media they consume, if they choose what to watch or even create. In order to better engage younger users, he said his firm had outlined what he called the ‘four-pivot system’.
The first Pivot, ‘Publication’ drove VRT to switch from …

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12 social media tips, tools and techniques to help journalists work better

Social media experts at the news:rewired conference, in London today, shared their favourite online tools and techniques to make social media work harder for journalists.

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 1,417 views | By ]
As it happened: A ‘start-up’ approach to news innovation

Belgian broadcaster VRT has been experimenting with new ways to reach the ‘YouTube Generation’. In this final session of the news:rewired conference, today in London, project leader Stijn Lehaen shared his thoughts, experiences and lessons from VRT Start-up.

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