Reporting Tips and Tools

How-to Guides: Reporting on the Ukraine Crisis

This IJNet article summarises an interview with Ostap Yarysh, an international reporter with Voice of America’s Ukrainian Service based in Washington, D.C., and Tom Mutch, a freelance journalist covering crime and conflict on the ground in Kyiv. The article provides tips for reporting on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Tips for reporting on Russia's invasion of Ukraine | International Journalists' Network
International Journalists' Network
In the age of information warfare, journalists must take extra precautions when reporting breaking news. The internet is full of user-generated content, dubious information and claims from unverified sources. has rounded up a list of tools and resources for journalists who cover the Ukrainian war either for their publication or on social media.
Tools and resources for journalists covering the Ukrainian war
Reuters Institute have published an article with tips from the 'Guardian' on live-blogging and covering breaking news on Ukraine. "Head of Editorial Innovation Chris Moran explains how he and his team have shaped the newspaper’s live blog to meet users’ needs."
Tips from the 'Guardian' on live-blogging and covering breaking news on Ukraine
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
"For journalists reporting on the war in Ukraine, awareness of historical context is particularly important. Vladimir Putin’s justification for the conflict is partly based on a misrepresentation of history, laid out in his infamous hour-long speech on 21 February as well as in a piece he wrote in July 2021. For journalists without an extensive background of reporting on Ukraine, these may be difficult issues to navigate." Find out more about how to report on Ukraine's history in this Reuters institute interview with Dr. Olivia Durand.
How to report on Ukraine’s history: guidelines from an Oxford historian
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
"Reporting violations in an active conflict, previously a daunting and life threatening task, has now become easier thanks to open-source reporting techniques. Thanks to much improved cameras in mobile phones, the digital media being uploaded by combatants themselves to social media and other sites online is now of a very high resolution. Couple that with the availability of high-quality satellite imagery and digital tools that let you sift through the masses of data being uploaded online, and reporters enjoy a much greater ability to investigate war crimes as they happen." Find out more on how to investigate war crimes in this GIJN article.
15 Tips for Investigating War Crimes
Global Investigative Journalism Network

Resources for following the Ukraine Crisis

Following the news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is difficult, especially if you’re not already extremely knowledgeable about the situation. Turning to Twitter may be the automatic reaction, but it’s not necessarily that helpful: The non-chronological-by-default timeline means news is presented out of order (here’s how you can fix that, if you’d like). This article compiles Twitter lists, Telegram chats, dropped paywalls/products made free, fact-Checking tools, maps and useful translations.
Some resources for following the invasion of Ukraine
Nieman Lab

Data Journalism

German Corrective has launched a live sanctions tracker providing daily updates on which embargoes are imposed on whom and answering readers' most important questions.
Sanctions Tracker - Live monitoring of all sanctions against Russia
The Technology and Social Change Project at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center is "tracking moves by major technology companies and governments to limit the flow of misinformation. This includes state sponsored misinformation and content removed at the behest of governments, as people worldwide flock to social media to receive updates of the rapidly unfolding violence."
Tracking Social Media Takedowns and Content Moderation During the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Media Manipulation Casebook
The New York Times is tracking the Russian invasion of Ukraine through these maps.
Maps: Tracking the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The New York Times
Bellingcat is tracking the use of cluster bombs in Ukraine. "Social media images and videos have allowed Bellingcat – along with other conflict monitors and open source researchers – to geolocate the impact sites of several cluster munitions to civilian areas within Ukraine." They have also been able to determine the probable direction from which the missiles came, providing a clue as to who may have fired them.
Invasion of Ukraine: Tracking use of Cluster Munitions in Civilian Areas - bellingcat