Shining a light on an untold crisis
A superb piece of storytelling â€” fromÂ field reporting by Will Fitzgibbon & Eleanor Bell â€” toÂ development & execution by Chris Zubak-Skees on Kimberley Porteousâ€™ digital team â€” is having tremendous impact on our sites & across our partners & the industry.
â€œFatal Extractionâ€ the catchily named & compelling story of the troubling legacy of Australian, not Chinese, mining investment in several African countries, looks like it will beÂ 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.Â
Related:Â 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 â€œ6â€ 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 HamiltonÂ was moreover the story editor. It couldnâ€™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 andÂ politics has always been & will remain at the heart ofÂ the Center. Much of the political team stayed into the small hours overnight on July 15 to deliver a package on the presidential candidatesâ€™ first disclosures. It had a catchy intro for sure withÂ "Itâ€™s speed dating season for presidential campaign contributorsâ€Â Â but the essence of course is in the data & analysis delivered by all those on the byline on that story,Â Carrie Levine, Michael Beckel, Ben Wieder, Dave LevinthalÂ andÂ Alexander Cohen.
Here is a sample of theÂ dataÂ which pretty obviously sets out the stall behind Hillary Clinton & the rest.Â
Related:Â Explore the data: where Australian mining leaves its mark
This is the meat & drink of the Center:Â timely, swift & beautifully illustrated in a competitive field.
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