ICFJ Knight roundup: Digital security tips from fellows

byAlex Fiorille
Apr 17, 2015 in Journalist Safety
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Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field. Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

Data security and safety tips, monitoring water quality, how to make maps with JEO and more in this week’s Knight International Media Innovators roundup.

Digital security tips from our fellows

ICFJ Knight Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra produced a tutorial in Spanish on setting up an account with Hushmail, a web-based, encrypted email service that lets journalists securely communicate with editors, colleagues and sources.

Sierra also offered helpful tips for reporting within danger zones, using data-driven analytics and mapping technology to accurately monitor trends and assess risk in these areas.

ICFJ Knight Fellow Christopher Guess provided additional steps for journalists on assignment to protect their data from theft at all stages of movement.

InfoAmazonia workshops to monitor water quality in Brazil

Through workshops along the Tapajós River region, InfoAmazonia is partnering with local communities to improve monitoring of water quality. The project advances InfoAmazonia’s mission of democratizing information in the region and holding local governments accountable to standards of public health and environmental protection in the Amazon. An interactive map details the region’s topography and hydroelectric plants.

How to make maps with JEO

JEO, a mapping platform built by ICFJ Knight Fellow Gustavo Faleiros, enables journalists to create their own mapping projects in order to track and display geographic data visually. Geojournalism.org created this helpful guide for using JEO in any project.

In response: Code for South Africa’s Living Wage calculator

Following up on last week’s launch of the Living Wage calculator, Code for South Africa encountered heavy criticism online regarding fair wages for domestic workers. Code for South Africa used the viral vitriol to generate a larger discussion on how to productively engage with trolls to promote a balanced dialogue.

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