Jake Godin

Jake Godin

Visual investigations Correspondent

Jake Godin is a visual investigations journalist at Scripps News. In partnership with the open-source reporting team at Bellingcat, he investigates stories around the world using a mix of satellite imagery, open source video and photos from social media, and other media.

Recent Work
Russian Su-27 approaching the back of an MQ-9 drone and beginning to release fuel as it passes, over the Black Sea
U.S. Department of DefenseTech

Analyzing how a U.S. reconnaissance drone was downed

A Red Cross worker closes the door of an ambulance carrying two Americans found alive after their abduction in Mexico

Analyzing where and how Tamaulipas kidnappings took place

An image says "Protecting Caribbean Coasts."
Newsy + BellingcatWorld

Will Luxury Resorts Threaten Caribbean Coasts?

A religious art piece gets carried in a Ukrainian museum
Newsy + BellingcatWorld

Ukraine's Cultural Heritage Is Another Casualty Of Russia’s Invasion

Image shows a cluster munition.

Russia's Cluster Munitions Will Still Affect Ukraine Years After War


How Russia’s False Flags Set The Stage For War In Ukraine

The app of the Russian government newspaper is displayed on an iPhone screen.
Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr. / APWorld

How Russia's False Flags Helped Launch A War In Ukraine


In Real Life: After The Fall

A rendering of what the R9X missile is thought to look like in its complete form.
Newsy / Jennifer SmartU.S.

Tracking The 'Sword Bombs' Of America's Drone War

Newsy and Bellingcat spoke with multiple sources on the ground in Cameroon and in the diaspora.
Newsy / Jennifer SmartWorld

Cameroon's Conflict Puts Schools In The Crossfire

Protests in Colombia's third-largest city, Cali, have turned deadly after police use live ammunition.
Newsy / Jennifer SmartWorld

Colombia Cracks Down On Protesters, With Violent Results

An investigation into a clifftop massacre in Ethiopia's Tigray region.
Jennifer Smart / NewsyWorld

Shedding Light On A Clifftop Massacre In Ethiopia

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation shares video of a Russian bombing,

New Evidence Of Russian Air Strikes On Syrian Hospitals

Tomorrow's War Could Be Waged By AI Weapons
Newsy / Kevin ClancyTech

Tomorrow's War

Less lethal munitions have been used by police departments all around the United States.
Newsy / Jennifer SmartU.S.

Police Use Of 'Less-Lethal' Munitions Has Exploded

Trump supporters breached the Capitol
Newsy / Jennifer SmartU.S.

How A Violent Mob Breached The Capitol

People hold banners as they demonstrate against police brutality, in Lagos, Nigeria.

Why Nigerians Are Taking To The Streets In Protests

North Korea showed off its largest ICBM during a military parade.
Newsy / Jennifer SmartPolitics

Visual Evidence From North Korean Parade Shows Expanding Arsenal

A video showing the explosion was filmed from just over a kilometre away.
Newsy / Jennifer SmartWorld

What Visual Evidence Tells Us About What Caused The Beirut Explosion

Newsy counted more than 50 uses of tear gas in 14 hours of livestream footage at Portland's protests.
Newsy / Jennifer SmartU.S.

Tear Gas Use Was Limited In Portland. Then Federal Agents Showed Up

There have been at least 100 police attack incidents involving the press.
Newsy / Associated PressU.S.

Breaking Down How Police Have Targeted Press During Protests

An image of European nations connected to the far right network traveling to Greece
Newsy / Google EarthWorld

How One Greek Island Reveals Europe's Far-Right Nationalist Network

Here's How To Track The World When It Grinds To a Halt
Newsy / SkylineScience and Health

Here's How To Track The World When It Grinds To a Halt

Breaking Down The Disinformation Ecosystem Around Coronavirus
Newsy / Jennifer SmartWorld

Breaking Down The Disinformation Ecosystem Around Coronavirus

In this frame grab from video, Russian, Syrian and others gather next to a stuck American military convoy.
Associated Press 

How A Shootout In Syria Shows A Precarious Position For US Troops

Iran's record of asymmetrical warfare could inform what comes next in its tensions with the U.S.
Newsy / Jennifer SmartWorld

Iran Could Use Its Influence, Not Rockets, To Move Against U.S.

A Shot From Police Killed A Protester In Colombia. Here's How We Know.
Jennifer Smart / NewsyWorld

A Shot From Police Killed A Protester In Colombia. Here's How We Know.

Thousands of messages and usernames from the Iron March forum leaked online.
Newsy / Jennifer SmartU.S.

We Found More Active Duty Military In Leaked Neo-Nazi Forum

Tear gas canisters fired directly at protestors have resulted in casualties
Newsy / Jennifer SmartWorld

'Non-Lethal' Crackdown On Protests Turns Deadly In Iraq

Open-source evidence places a Turkish-backed rebel group at the site of an extrajudicial killing in Syria.
Newsy / Jennifer SmartWorld

Video Evidence Sheds Light On Executions Near Turkey-Syria Border