InvestigateWorld

Links to records, topical tipsheets, investigative networks, training resources for cross-border reporting.

Table of Contents

  • US public records on foreign activity
  • Investigative networks
  • Investigative training manuals
  • Security, safety and legal help
  • Open source data

U.S. RECORDS ON FOREIGN ACTIVITY IN THE U.S. 

See the InvestigateWashington page for a fuller set of links to U.S. government records.

Foreign lobbying reports filed at US DOJ Foreign Agent Registration Unit

Open Secrets foreign lobbying reports

Legistorm (limited free search; requires subscription for deep dive)

Congressional Research Service reports on foreign policy issues here or here

SEC – Publicly traded corporate quarterly and annual reports

Guidestar – Nonprofit organizations operating in the U.S.

Courts

  • PACER – Federal prosecutions and lawsuits. Dockets, complaints, motions, orders and exhibits. Registration is free but you pay a 10 cents per page accessed. Install the RECAP extension on Chrome and Firefox and get many PACER documents for free.
  • Google Scholar – Federal court opinions; for state appellate and supreme court opinions

INVESTIGATIVE NETWORKS 

Global Investigative Journalism Network training, conferences, news

Investigative Reporters and Editors

See “Journalism Organizations” below for region-specific groups.

JOURNALISM TRAINING MANUALS

Story-Based Inquiry, Mark Lee Hunter in many languages

The Verification Handbook – edited by Craig Silverman

Toolkit International Journalists Network Center for Journalists

Reporters handbooks, Reuters Foundations

SECURITY, SAFETY AND LEGAL HELP

DIGITAL SECURITY

GIJN Digital Security page with tutorials and tipsheets

LEGAL HELP

Media Legal Defence Initiative 

GIJN list of organization that provide legal defense for journalists

PERSONAL SAFETY

International News Safety Institute

GIJN list of organizations that provide emergency support for journalists in danger

From Dutch technojourno Henk van Ess’s bookmarks:

DATA

See also the Tips & Tools tab

Data is Plural Global archive of databases

Air quality data – WHO

Archives Portal Europe online gives access to materials and information from archival institutions in 17 countries.

Background data on influential companies, cases, people in Eurasia (OCCRP) Latin America (OCCRP) and South America (Poderopedia)

Business records – Investigative Dashboard compilation of links to online databases by country

Charity Commission of UK

Economic data (scroll down)

European library

Farmsubsidy.org – Who’s getting them in EU

Freedom of information laws (scroll down)

Income — Penn World Table relative income and productivity

Internet archive Saves old versions of webpages

Investigative Dashboard – OCCRP

“Panama Papers” OffshoreLeaks ICIJ

Phone books (scroll to bottom)

SHIP & PLAN TRACKING

Aircraft tracking

Vessel tracking

Website ownership Whosis

Wikileaks cable search

For more open source data, see the Tips & Tools tab

ECONOMIC DATA

Alta Plana International Economics Gateway

Eurostat (European Commission)

International census and statistical agencies — country links (U.S. Census)

International Monetary Fund database of fiscal crises

Offstats — official statistics by country, region, topic (University of Aukland)

Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD)

United Nations Data

World Bank Data

Glossaries and tutorials:

European Commission inflation tutorial and glossary (change language in upper right)

OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms

Journalist’s Resource Primer on Statistical Terms Used in Research

Stattrek Statistics Dictionary

Sources:

Global Investigative Journalism Network 

Investigative Reporters and Editors 

Data is Plural

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