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    Global Reporting

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    Soch Fact Check
    Fact-checking website from Pakistan, launched in 2020, only IFCN signatory, and fighting to gain traction in an environment rife with information disorder.

    World Religion Database

    Data.World: 25 Datasets on Religion


    GLOBAL REPORTING TOOLS

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

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

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

    GIJN: Afghanistan: How to Help Journalists and Others at Risk
    A detailed guide in an effort to help journalists and others. Here you will find a list of organizations to contact, digital safety tips, and other resources.

    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.

    Dart Center Europe Reporting on Sexual Violence in Conflict
    The guidelines support journalists in reporting sexual violence in conflict zones. They cover practical issues like consent, (secondary) trauma, interviewing survivors, and associated risks. Based on eight key principles, the website and PDF guide reporters from research, interviewing, and writing to the publication process.

    The Open Notebook: How to Report International Stories Ethically

    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.

    GIJN Reporting Tips and Tools

    Reporters Without Borders: 2022 World Press Freedom Index
    Rankings of 180 different countries on independence across the world.

    Trading Economics
    Provides accurate information for 196 countries including historical data and forecasts for more than 20 million economic indicators, exchange rates, stock market indexes, government bond yields and commodity prices. Our data is based on official sources, not third party data providers, and our facts are regularly checked for inconsistencies.

    Africa Data Hub


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    Open Corporates
    Database of global companies.

    Offshore Leaks Database
    From the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

    UN Comtrade Database
    Tracks exports and imports by country and product.

    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.

    The Other Wave Newsletter
    An insider’s look at what it takes to transform Canadian media.

    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.

    Global Press Style Guide

    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.

    Quote This Woman+
    A curated database of verified women+ experts based or affiliated with South and Southern African for journalists to access and use as their sources. The database consists of experts from all industries and has been used both locally and internationally.

    Foreign Policy
    Global magazine of economics, politics and ideas.

    European Journalism Center

    GIJN: Tipsheet for Investigating US Influence Around the World
    Dozens of databases you can search to find how the US impacts other countries economically, politically, immigration, etc.

    ICFJ: Offshore Leaks
    Find out who’s behind more than 785,000 offshore companies, foundations and trusts from the Panama Papers, the Offshore Leaks, the Bahamas Leaks and the Paradise Papers investigations. Search by country or jurisdiction.

    GlobalJournalist.org

    Global Brand Database
    Perform a trademark search by text or image in brand data from multiple national and international sources, including trademarks, appellations of origin and official emblems.

    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.

    Open Newswire
    A consolidated RSS feed of freely republishable news articles written by professional journalists from around the world. Articles are written in over 80 languages and are available to be used under Creative Commons licenses. The idea is that editors and journalists around the world can use this as a newswire if they aren’t otherwise able to afford a subscription to the likes of Reuters or AP.

    UN Comm Trade Database
    Free access to detailed global trade data. UN Comtrade is a repository of official international trade statistics and relevant analytical tables. All data is accessible through API.

    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.

    C4ADs Wildlife Dashboard
    Showcases trends in wildlife seizures worldwide from 2013 to the present. As of today, the C4ADS Wildlife Seizure Dashboard includes data on 5,362 seizures spanning 112 jurisdictions for five frequently-trafficked wildlife categories: elephant ivory, leopard, pangolin, rhino horn, and tiger.


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    Informed Opinions
    Experts based in Canada

    The Open Notebook: Find and Publish Stories About Global Disease Outbreaks

    The Open Notebook: Reporting Without Phone or Internet Access

    Faktisk
    Fact-checking collaboration between Norwegian news organizations.

    CrossCheck
    French fact-check org that’s part of First Draft News.

    StopFake.org
    Verify and refute disinformation and propaganda about events in Ukraine being circulated in the media.

    Finding the Truth Among Fakes
    Fact-checking guide from Al Jazeera.

    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).

    Companies House
    Database of companies in the UK.

    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

    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.

    IJNET: Environmental Reporters Face Disinformation Threats in China’s Restrictive Political Climate

    Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
    News on corruption and organized crime by a global network of investigative journalists across six continents

    Soch Fact Check
    Fact checking website from Pakistan, launched in 2020, only IFCN signatory, and fighting to gain traction in environment rife with information disorder.

    OCCRP Aleph
    OCCRP Aleph is an investigative data platform that helps reporters follow the money. Search across data and documents from previous investigations, official sources, and scraped databases. Aleph is more than just a document search engine: it also imports structured data from spreadsheets and databases, enabling journalists to explore detailed data about persons of interest, companies, financial transactions, and more. Reporters and researchers can upload their own files to private investigations, extract text, sketch a diagram to summarize their investigative findings, and cross-reference persons of interest and companies.

    Foreign Assistance
    The U.S. government’s flagship website for making U.S. foreign assistance data available to the public. It serves as the central resource for budgetary and financial data produced by U.S. government agencies that manage foreign assistance portfolios. Data downloadable as spreadsheets.

    U.S. Department of Justice:Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) EFILE
    Disclosures from foreign agent principals. Search by country, name, etc.

    UN Comtrade Database
    Free access to global trade data

    Lobbying Disclosure
    The Secretary of the Senate is required to make all reports filed under the LDA, as amended, available to the public over the Internet. Database is searchable and data downloadable.

    SAM.gov
    Look up government contracts in a country.

    Excess Military Defense Articles Database
    Track the sale of excess military equipment.

    Import Genius
    Search global import/export records from US Customs at the bill of lading level for 8 million businesses.

    Access to Archival Databases
    National Archives records back to the 1970s.

    Office of Government Ethics

    Global Environment Climate Tracker

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

    InfoNile: Sucked Dry – Foreign Land Deals Threaten to Impair River Nile, Displace Millions

    InfoNile: The Pandemic Poachers
    An in-depth look at the poaching trade in West Africa.

    PMiJ
    Everything you need to know about cross-border journalism, how to support a multi disciplinary team, templates for planning and tips and tricks on risk management.

    LittleSis.org
    A grassroots watchdog network connecting the dots between the world’s most powerful people and organizations.Its free database is a who-knows-who at the heights of business and government.

    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.

    World Religion Database

    Data.World: 25 Datasets on Religion

    World Population Review: Religion by Country

    Database of Religious History

    Breaking News Online

    Fundar
    More public records from Mexico.

    Mexico Federal Public Records
    More public records from Mexico.

    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.

    Global Forum for Media Development
    GFMD is the biggest global community of media development and journalism support organisations. Through collaboration, coordination, and collective action our network creates, promotes, and delivers policies and programs to sustain journalism as a public good.

    The European Union Institutions on #Mastodon

    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.

    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.”

    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.

    El Diario Alternativo
    Digital daily from Colombia dedicated to investigative journalism on corruption, drug trafficking, human rights.

    Rappler
    Social news network that exposes corruption around the world.

    Wildeye: Track Wildlife Crime in East Africa

    StateNewsWire

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

    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.

    Macedonia Times
    Keeping journalists around the world informed about South East Europe with daily news, focus on corruption, human rights and major events.

    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.

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

    The Economist Country Guides

    UK Journalism

    UK: MousetrapMedia

    River Bend: Iraq Blog
    Search through past stories.

    US Department of Education Civil Rights Data
    Tracks demographics data from US public schools in the US.

    Humanitarian Data Exchange
    Over 20,000 open-source datasets on topics such as education, natural disasters, etc.

    GIJN Tipsheet: Essential Steps for Journalists in Emergency Situations

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 information 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.

    Foreign Policy Magazine

    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.

    GIJN: Five Ways to Stay Online During a Government Internet Shutdown
    Experts in privacy and security offer advice to circumvent these shutdowns.

    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
    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

    ConvoTrack
    A 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.

    The Taliban Detained Me for Doing My Job. I Can Never Go Back.
    Foreign Policy columnist Lynne O’Donnell on a harrowing return to Kabul, almost one year after the United States left Afghanistan.


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