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Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Drone War Database

Project Drawdown
A nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.

WebPlanet: Big Index of Global Newspapers (2020)


Vizala
Easily find financial data on countries.

The World Bank
Free and open access to global development data.

The Base Trip
All the information you need while traveling including visa requirements, currency, electricity, communication info and more.

Reported.ly
From First Look Media, global news delivered entirely through social media.

News-Decoder
Site helps young readers make sense of global news.

BBC News Timeliner
Dig into British history.

Al Jazeera: Live Feed
Coverage of the uprising in Egypt.

Council on Foreign Relations

Email Hunter
Searches for emails on a specific domain, such as suntimes.com, etc.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
In collaboration with the Financial Times, a database tracking money distributed through the EU’s Structural Funds.

Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Drone War Database

The Base Trip
All the information you need while traveling including visa requirements, currency, electricity, communication info and more.

Muckrack: Guide for Journalists Covering Protests

GeoSearchTool
Type in an address or location with a time frame and find videos uploaded from that area. Great for fact-checking locations and crowdsourcing.

Project Drawdown
A nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.

WebPlanet: Big Index of Global Newspapers (2020)

Hoover Institution
Think tank at Stanford University includes a library, op-eds, news, publications and other resources on public policy.

Everybody In: A Journalist’s Guide To Inclusive Reporting For Journalism Students
A “thought-provoking and practical guide to help you make sure your reporting includes your whole audience. With introductions by respected journalists setting out their personal experiences of difference – from race, gender and class to sexuality, age and regionalism.” An e-book that charges you.

Foreign Policy
Global magazine of economics, politics and ideas.

GlobalJournalist.org

Global Journalist Security
Provide safety training for journalists, citizen journalists, human rights activists and NGO workers.

CIA: The World Factbook

BBC Country Profiles

World Politics Review
Site claims it “covers foreign policy and affairs with a contextual analysis around those key trends and events. WPR is nonpartisan, nonideological with articles covering diplomacy, military affairs, energy, economics and other subjects that make geopolitics tick.”

Verification Junkie
This tool from Josh Stearns centralizes several social media verification tools in one place. Great for reporting and fact-checking international stories on deadline.

Population Reference Bureau
World health, environment, population and other issues.

Google Crisis Map
Defaults to the most recent crisis.

StoryBench: A Digital Toolbox for Bringing Home the Perfect Interview
Some good recording and transcribing tools.

Emergency Journalism
Tools for better, accurate reporting.

Journalism.co.uk: Key Tips for Reporting from the Middle East

Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in the United States

Google Translate
Enter a block of text and it will translate to the language of your choice.

IJNet.org
The International Journalists’ Network site is rich with resources, including a blog, videos and job listings.

Center for International Media Ethics
Chicago-based organization has a goal supporting journalists in “maintaining high ethical standards that contribute to the media’s consolidation as a fourth power in their country’s governance.”

UN.org
Has reports with individual country statistics on many topics.

Docs Online Viewer
Chrome plug-in that lets you view and document right in your browser.

Save My News
Built by Ben Welsh of the LA Times, you can save your online content with this desktop app through the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine).

Poynter: Starter Storytelling Tools for New Journalists

NationMaster.com
Has reports with individual country statistics on many topics.

Economist’s Country Briefings

Your-Nation.com

FreedomInfo.org
News updates on international freedom of information news and the Open Government Partnership. Research resources on national laws and groups. A blog roll identifies sites providing FOI news in many countries.

International Center for Journalists
Many free resources, guidebooks, news and tips.

Pew Global Attitudes Project
Public opinion surveys from around the world.

A Data Journalism Expert’s Personal Toolkit

Teleport: Coordinate Your Remote Teams
Great for editors on foreign desks to track where correspondents are.

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
A non-profit network of investigative journalism centers in Europe and Eurasia.

OCCRP: Investigative Dashboard Research
Search across data and documents from previous investigations, official sources, and scraped databases. From the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, non-profit network of investigative journalism centers in Europe and Eurasia.

PBS Frontline: Private Companies That Make America’s War in Iraq Run

FirstDraft News Reporting Tools
Social newsgathering, verification, law/ethics. A great collection of resources.

ForeignPolicy.com: Worldwide Links
Users have instant access to the best the Web has to offer on global affairs, governments, think tanks, libraries and multilateral institutions.

Medium: Dressed for Excess: Gear for Covering Riots, Protests, Etc.

The Globalist
Articles, facts and book quotes of the day are browsable by countries and regions, and by globalization topics such as children, development, markets, religion, technology, etc.

Breaking News Online

InfoMex
Info on immigration and records from Mexico.

Fundar
More public records from Mexico.

Mexico Federal Public Records
More public records from Mexico.

ICFJ: How to Understand FOI Laws in Your Country

BBC: Iran Government and How It Works
Spiritual magazine for people in their 20s and 30s.

BBC: Middle East
A helpful structural chart.

World Tourism News
A helpful structural chart.

Digital Library of the Caribbean

BBC Country Profiles
Guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories. Lists key institutions and contacts. Great place to start when researching the basics of a country.

List of Newspapers
Claims to be “the largest directory of newspapers around the
world.” It provides links to more than 25,000 newspapers in 201 countries
and territories.

News Media Coalition
An “international organisation and network focusing on the specific threat to legitimate editorial, press and publishing freedoms from the controls placed on news-gathering and news-distribution practices by the organizers of major news events.”

Multimap
Online maps to everywhere.

Institute for War and Peace Reporting Global Links
Links to hundreds of international media and press agencies.

Transparency International
Site says it is run by “global non-governmental organization devoted to combating corruption. Its mission is to create change toward a world free of corruption.”

Time Zone Converter

JournaJobs
Journalism job listings from all over Europe and a few in the U.S.

NY Times: Primer on the Eurozone Crisis
Great FAQ list on how Europe’s economy impacts the U.S.

GRA Research Hotlinks
More than 100 links on global economic, political and business research.

Foreign Policy Blogs
A great bookmark for anyone covering foreign affairs.

Aneki.com
Rankings and statistics on hundreds of topics and countries. The cleanest country, the country with the most mobile phones per capita, etc.

StateNewsWire

MyNewsDesk.com
Press release share site that includes a network feature for journalists who want to receive news items exclusively from chosen companies.

Columbia University’s Human Rights Web Site
The Center for the Study of Human Rights, The School of Journalism and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning at Columbia University launched a new media portal and Web sites for human rights teaching and learning. The portal links human rights-related resources, such as case studies, course Web sites, etc.

Reporting in Indigenous Communities
Storify collection of tools from the IRE national convention seminars.

United Nations

Poynter: 7 Tips for Conducting Better Interviews with Scientists

Committee to Project Journalists: Journalist Security Guide
.PDF guide book to covering news in a dangerous, changing world.

Committee to Protect Journalists
This site offers “comprehensive regional overviews and reports on press freedom conditions in more than 100 countries,” plus case histories of attacks against journalists, information on “dangerous assignments,” and links to other human rights and press freedom sites.

Council on Foreign Relations
Links, stories, updates, etc. Helps with breaking down complex international issues.

RAND Corporation International Affairs Research
Federally funded documents center has a variety of links, reports and resources on global issues.

Europeana
A collection of cultural collections from European countries. Provides access to four million digital items categorized in broad topics such as Text, Images, Video, and Sound. Text. Searchable in various languages.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
“One of the world’s largest and most reliable sources of comparable statistics and economic and social data.”

Center for Strategic and International Studies
Research on global safety, cybersecurity, etc.

International Center for Journalists

Resources for Covering Uprising in Egypt
Several helpful tools and links from Sree Sreenivasan.

Egypt: A Complete Guide to the 2011 Revolution
Curation of dozens of resources.

Library of Congress Country Studies
This site “contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army.”

SearchSystems.net
State-by-state public records and phone book information as well as a good international information section. Search by state or country!

Foreign Policy Magazine
Foreign affairs publication.

ComeBackAlive.com
Provides background for travelers going abroad, focusing on dangerous places.

WorldInformation.com
Basic facts on each county, along with a visitor’s guide, maps, current news links, and Web resources.

MediaLens.org
A good blog-like site for global news, trends and criticism.

The Economist Country Guides

UK Journalism

UK: MousetrapMedia

UK Journalism Job Search
Full-time, freelancers, etc.

River Bend: Iraq Blog
Search through past stories.

WeaponSurvey.com
A site looking at Palestinian weapons production and smuggling.

WorldStatesmen.org
Though this site is run by a hobbyist, it features complete lists of the heads of state and government for every country and colony in the world over the past 300 years. It also has pocket histories of each country/colony, images of each country and colony’s flags, and in many cases links to constitutions, national anthems, and so on. Also updated fairly regularly. Again, double-check the information you find on this site, but it appears to be very, very helpful.

BBC News Country Profiles
Features include an overview, historical timelines and links to the media from each country. Also some audio of newsmaking moments.

WorldInformation.com
The London-based site offers many useful features, including basic facts on 200-plus countries and territories, along with a visitor’s guide, maps, current news links, etc.

Infobel International Phone Directory

CountryReports.org
Stats on most nations. A great resource.

Links to Foreign Embassies

United Nations

World Press Institute
WPI’s main goal is to promote a free press. The organization brings 10 journalists a year to the U.S. for four months of intensive briefings and interviews across the country. Applications can be found at the Web site.

Trint.com
Audio transcription tool.

FreePress.net

World Statesmen
Run by a hobbyist (so double-check information), this site lists of the heads of state and government for every country and colony in the world over the past 300 years. It also features pocket histories of each country/colony, images of each country and colony’s flags, and some links to constitutions, national anthems, etc.

SunOasis.com: Global Media Job Openings
A great site for writers, editors and copy editors. Internships, media resources and more.

International Intelligence

Institute of War and Peace Reporting
This group’s goal is to support media development through practical assistance and concrete journalistic projects.

Blood and Honey
Photojournalist Ron Haviv went to Yugoslavia in 1991, intrigued by the nascent independence movement in one of the last countries still intact after the Cold War.

International Committee of the Red Cross
Maps, facts and figures, reports, news releases and publications on more than 50 countries the committee is active.

Newsnext.com
An independent editorial calendar, a forward planning tool for UK journalists to spot future feature ideas and story leads.

Health Systems Facts
Health Systems Facts provides data and statistics related to healthcare systems and policy in the US and several OECD nations. Fact items are curated from impeccable sources and include full citations and links to the source materials in order to facilitate further research.

CountryWatch.com: Web Site to the World
Free country informaton on people, history, economy, agriculture, energy, metals and environment; but you get more for a fee.

Global Health Reporting
Information on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and more.

Government of Canada New Centre: RSS Feeds
Subscribe to feeds from various agencies.

Foreign Policy Magazine

The Washington Diplomat
Includes a diplomat list, but watch for spelling errors.

Globalpolicy.org
Features some links and opinions on Iraq, the war and the United States.

Asia-Pacific Network
The site offers news headlines relating to events, links to regional media, country profiles, and various movements and groups.

University of Texas Latin America Journalism Page
Dozens of helpful links and resources.

Oanda.com Travel Language Converter
This site provides handy cheat sheets for language and money converters for travel.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Look up international development data.

Worldwide Words
Michael Quinion writes about international English from a British perspective. Fun with pop culture catch phrases.

World Press Links

UT Latin American Network: Journalism in Latin America

Latin American Journalism Handbook

International Journalists’ Network

World Press Links

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
From the World Security Institute, this site provides in-depth resources on global affairs.

British Sociological Association
Experts, research, publications, schedule of events around the world.

Library of Congress: Guide to Russian Business Resources

MsFreckles
Will search the entire web, or you can limit the search to UK-based sites.

ConvoTrack
A great new tool for tracking how social media is referencing a Web site. You can see what people on Twitter, Reddit, Digg and other online media are saying about your site.

BackTweets.com
Similar to ConvoTrack, this site tracks how social media is referencing a Web site. You can see what people on Twitter, Reddit, Digg and other online media are saying about your site.

MSN: Top Web News Gaffes
A few examples of publishing too soon.

Food in Every Country
Look up ethnic dishes by country.

International Center for Journalists
Many free resources, guidebooks, news and tips.

 


 

G8 and NATO Summits

G8 coverage

NATO

Adbusters.org
Protest group.

ChicagoStories.org
Reporting resources and source list for journalists covering the NATO summit. Content from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Community Media Workshop.

The Red Line Project: G8/NATO Coverage
Curated links, social media coverage and more.


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