The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) has launched a new guide to help non-journalists such as ordinary citizens, members of non-governmental organizations, and non-journalism professionals interested in using investigative techniques to uncover wrongdoing and expose the invisible.
Titled Citizens Investigation Guide, it is a resource full of techniques used by investigative journalists that will be helpful to citizen investigators, and these include searching the internet, finding out who owns corporations, investigating politicians, and much more.
It includes some of the many impressive examples from around the world of citizens investigating as samples.
Realizing that digital disruption and increased access to the internet means the line between professionally trained journalists and alternative investigators (be they citizens or NGOs) is increasingly blurred, GIJN says it expects the number of citizen investigations to grow.
We hope this guide will help to raise the bar for all types investigators around the world. It’s a work in progress and we welcome suggestions for expanding this resource and hopes the guide will help to raise the bar for all types of investigators around the world. GIJN pointed out that the guide is a work in progress and that it welcomes suggestions for expanding it.
The guide is available online in PDF format at GIJN website and can be downloaded from https://gijn.org/Citizens_Investigation_Guide.pdf.
The Global Investigative Journalism Network is an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists – even in repressive regimes and marginalized communities.
The guide was produced with support from DigLab Foundation. The guide’s artwork was created by Ann Kiernan.