Fatal extraction and speed-dating

Fatal extraction & speed-dating

Shining a light on an untold crisis

A superb piece of storytelling — from field reporting by Will Fitzgibbon & Eleanor Bell — to development & execution by Chris Zubak-Skees on Kimberley Porteous’ digital team — is having tremendous impact on our sites & across our partners & the industry.

“Fatal Extraction” the catchily named & compelling story of the troubling legacy of Australian, not Chinese, mining investment in several African countries, looks like it will be our most-read story from the Center & ICIJ team this year. It moreover marks an significant step in our innovation on storytelling methods & bringing together the capabilities of the ICIJ network & Public Integrity. There are some significant lessons in it for ways to tell longer stories: long-form journalism by other means. More pieces in the series here.

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A lot comes together in this piece.

Will was a Graeme Wood fellow, supported by our former board member & Australian activist investor. 

Related: Fatal Extraction: the impact of Australian mining in Africa

Eleanor is an award-winning video journalist & this is a satisfactory example of our video strategy of focusing on set pieces which bring stories to life & allow the voices of the characters to tell their own stories in a way we know people like to consume.

Kimberley, our chief digital officer, has personally steered the entire project through production, categorizing it as our first “6” in the Richter-like scale she has coined for projects of high complexity. Hamish Boland-Rudder delivered the ICIJ package online, intern Suzy Gashi did heavy-lifting on graphics & video. Cecile Schillis-Gallego, shortly to move to Paris for the ICIJ, did the data work & editor Martha Hamilton was moreover the story editor. It couldn’t have happened without fact checking leader Peter Smith & our lawyer Mike Rothberg.

The ICIJ, led by Gerard Ryle, has 13 partners in Africa publishing the story which stands to be a tremendous way to break in to that market & expand our engagement with journalists & audiences there.

Speed-dating donors & Uber-loving candidates

Money and politics has always been & will remain at the heart of the Center. Much of the political team stayed into the small hours overnight on July 15 to deliver a package on the presidential candidates’ first disclosures. It had a catchy intro for sure with "It’s speed dating season for presidential campaign contributors”  but the essence of course is in the data & analysis delivered by all those on the byline on that story, Carrie Levine, Michael Beckel, Ben Wieder, Dave Levinthal and Alexander Cohen.

Here is a sample of the data which pretty obviously sets out the stall behind Hillary Clinton & the rest. 

Related: Explore the data: where Australian mining leaves its mark

This is the meat & drink of the Center: timely, swift & beautifully illustrated in a competitive field.

There’s more to this story. Click here to read the rest at the Center for Public Integrity.

This story is part of Inside Publici. Stories we’re working on, the impact of our investigations, news approximately our fundraising efforts, & other issues that shape our work. Click here to read more stories in this topic.

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Copyright 2015 The Center for Public Integrity. This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.

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