Jake Godin

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

Video Evidence Sheds Light On Executions Near Turkey-Syria Border

An image of the Al Khamis market in Yemen before it was bombed by the Saudi-led coalition.

Saudi Arabia's Air Strikes Are Killing Civilians With U.S. Weapons

A new report from Newsy's partner Bellingcat reveals the identities of Russian-backed separatists linked to MH17's downing.

Who Shot Down MH17? These Are The Rebels Linked To The Massacre

A video featuring Nazi imagery on YouTube

Far-Right Online Radicalization Isn't A New Phenomenon

Ruined house in Sri Lanka

Shift In ISIS Strategy Looks To Take Advantage Of Local Groups

Sudanese protesters wave the flag of Sudan

After Coup, Sudan Faces Fragile Transition To Democracy

Graphic from BBC's investigation of a killing in Cameroon

Open-Source Techniques Have Created A Whole New Kind Of Reporter

A video that went viral on Twitter showed the murder of women and children in northern Cameroon.

How Journalists Solved Murders From Thousands Of Miles Away

U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu show the proclamation Trump signed.

US-Israel History Laid Groundwork For Trump’s Pro-Israel Policies

Dozens of video from the day the incident took place on the bridge help verify who started the fire.

Who Set Fire To Venezuela Aid? New Footage Gives A Clearer Picture

Vice President Mike Pence and Colombian President Ivan Duque shake hands with Venezuelan President Juan Guaido.

US-Venezuelan Standoff Untenable, But No Clear Way Forward

Europe faces a tough decision in whether it should bring back foreign fighters who joined ISIS or not.

With ISIS On Backfoot, Focus Is Now On Foreigners Who Joined Group

Russia is reportedly planning to test disconnecting from the internet some time this spring.

Why Russia's Internet Shutdown Test Worries Free Speech Activists

U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks to Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve senior leaders in December.

Iraqis Blast Trump’s Pivot From Fighting ISIS To Watching Iran

Afghan and foreign investigators inspect the site of a suicide car bomb attack on May 18, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Taliban Snub Of Afghan Government Could Hinder Peace Talks

A satellite image showing the towns of Puerto Palomas and Columbus

What A Mexican And US Border Town Think Of Trump's Wall

A birds-eye view of the border at the southern end of James Johnson's farm in New Mexico.

Small Bordertown Finds Itself In Middle Of Political Debate Over Wall

A U.S. Soldier walks toward a tactical vehicle used to provide security during a patrol outside Manbij, Syria.

How Turkey Is Complicating The US Withdrawal From Syria

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

Why Sudan Protests Could Be The President's Biggest Challenge Yet

U.S. Coalition Forces fire an M120 mortar round targeting a known ISIS location in southeast Syria, September 10, 2018.

US Withdrawal From Syria Leaves Stabilization Efforts In The Wind

Geolocation can help debunk false claims against Syria's White Helmets group.

How Digital Detective Work Debunks Russia's Claims On White Helmets

Frame from video of Russian ship ramming Ukrainian vessel

Russia's Seizure Of Ukrainian Boats Is An Attempt To Exert Control

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman

Trump Still Struggling With Saudi Role In Khashoggi's Death

Central American migrants

Courts Will Likely Decide If Trump Can Change Asylum Rules On His Own

Maine's state legislature building

Democrats See Modest State-Level Gains From Midterm Elections

Cameroon's President Paul Biya listens while attending the One Planet Summit.

Cameroon's Election Crisis Stressing A Nation On The Brink

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Journalist's Death Deepens Saudi-Turkish Divide

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Saudi Arabia

Khashoggi Case Forces US To Choose Between Interests And Values

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Despite Human Rights Record, Turkey Takes The Lead In Khashoggi Case

Posters of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Journalist's Disappearance Straining Ties Between Saudi Arabia And US