The Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism is Africa’s first journalistic investigation unit focusing on environmental issues. The Center combines traditional investigative reporting with data analysis and geo-mapping tools to expose eco-offences and track organised crime syndicates in southern Africa.
This handbook is based on an experience of many professionals on building their platforms of information both on prestigious media outlets and as independent knowledge brokers. The project is above all and attempt to increase the number of professionals in journalism familiarized with the geodata and capable of coordinate initiatives of interactive visualizations .
InfoAmazonia provides timely news and reports of the endangered Amazon region. A network of organizations and journalists deliver updates from the nine countries of the forest. The data used will always be freely available for download and will be renewed frequently. The comparison between stories and data aims to improve public’s perception of issues in the Amazon region.
The Amazon region is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, keeping in check climate change by absorbing CO2. Yet in the light of its importance, the region has faced acute environmental challenges.
The video bellow, launched on June 18, tells more about the current features of InfoAmazonia
Jeo WordPress Theme acts as a geojournalism platform which allows news organizations, bloggers and NGOs to publish news stories as layers of information on digital maps. With Jeo, creating the interaction between data layers and contextual information is much more intuitive and interactive. The theme is ready for multilingual content and facilitates the publishing tasks.
You can post geotagged stories and create richly designed pages for each one of the featured stories. At same time, by simply inputting the ids of layers hosted on MapBox, you can manage sophisticated maps without losing performance, add legends directly with HTML and set the map parameters. All direct at the WordPress dashboard.
Jeo wants to help journalists and NGOs to improve storytelling with maps. Creating a child theme with all its functionality is easy since it contains all the necessary hooks to customize layouts and data visualization.
The “Flag it!” project aims to train young media makers from all over the world on how to report on environmental issues at local level with a global impact by using digital visualization tools in open source.
To this aim 48 young journalists from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America will be involved, 12 at a time, in a training course that will take place across the world as follows: in São Paulo (Brazil, 20-26 May 2013), Lagos (Nigeria, 1-7 July 2013), Manila (Philippines, 9-15 September 2013) and Bucharest (Romania, 7-13 October 2013).
The “Flag it!” training course will be based on the best practice provided by the Brazilian association “O Eco” in mapping deforestation in the Amazon basin through the use of tools such as: Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Fusion Tables, Crowdmap, Ushahidi and Geocommons, among others. The course will have integrated field trips for the participants to apply the tools in reporting on specific on-the-ground environmental issues.
Results and impact
At the end of “Flag it!”, in November 2013, 48 young journalists from four continents will be able to use free digital mapping tools to cover environmental issues in their regions. Each of them will produce a report using the tools learnt during the course.
“Flag it!” aims to continue its mission through its own follow-up events and development of working groups, in order to help foster a new global trend in environmental reporting. For this reason, the project will also result in an online handbook through which anyone can learn to use these tools. The handbook will be published on this website, and will be further spread by the EYP and the partner organisations.