ICFJ Knight Roundup: Media Innovation Bootcamps, Water Piracy in Pakistan

Jun 222015
  • Knight Fellow Justin Arenstein talks with participants at the Pakistan data bootcamp.

Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field.

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"Buscador del Boletín Oficial" allows journalists to search public contracts in Argentina, a new Knight Fellow joins the team, geojournalism tips and more from the Knight Fellows in this week's roundup.

New database search tool in Argentina makes contracts available for scrutiny

Former ICFJ Knight Fellow Sandra Crucianelli has developed "Buscador del Boletín Oficial", a powerful database and search tool for journalists in Argentina seeking contracts related to state budgets and public spending. The database covers the period between 2000 and 2015 and contains over 8,400 PDF documents.

Meet new ICFJ Knight Fellow Stephen Abbott Pugh

Digital journalist Stephen Abbott Pugh will be joining the Code for Africa team as an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow. Abbott Pugh joins ICFJ Knight Fellows Justin Arenstein, Chris Roper, Babatunde Akpeji and Raymond Joseph in the program, which aims to help journalists adopt digital storytelling tools that will hopefully draw new audiences to four countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa. Welcome Stephen!

Gustavo Faleiros on the merits of geojournalism and its expansion

Former ICFJ Knight Fellow and founder of InfoAmazonia Gustavo Faleiros explains the impact of geojournalism in opening new pathways for journalists to investigate causes behind environmental changes. Here are some of his tips at SciDev.Net. Also, check out this new interactive map Faleiros created using CartoDB to track forest fires in the Amazon.

Faleiros interviews UN expert on climate technology

Faleiros also interviewed Jukka Uosukainen, director of the UN’s Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), for the Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group. They discussed how CTCN shares information about climate technologies to track environmental changes that will help craft more effective climate strategy.

Chicas Poderosas Stanford wraps up

The Chicas Poderosas Stanford event led by former ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariana Santos brought together over 80 media professionals at Stanford University to explore empowerment strategies for women working in media. "The aim of the conference was to bring together women who Mariana saw as leaders or potential leaders and discuss how they can create local chapters of Chicas Poderosas,” ICFJ Deputy Vice President of Programs Elisa Tinsley told 7dias (in Spanish).

Mariano Blejman conducts a webinar on best digital media innovation practices

ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariano Blejman recently led a webinar on strategies for starting innovative digital media projects that can potentially attract investment. Blejman also shared ideas about how to successfully apply to Media Factory, the media innovation incubator he helped start. Here is the video recording of the hour-long video in Spanish. The deadline to apply for the 2015 class of Media Factory is August 2.

Media Innovation Bootcamps coming to Latin America in July and August

Blejman's Media Factory will hold a series of Media Innovation Bootcamps in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Colombia starting in July. The first bootcamp will be in Buenos Aires on July 9, 2015. For more information, click here.

Impact from the d|Bootcamp in Karachi: water piracy and visualizing honor crimes

Two journalists who attended ICFJ Knight Fellow Rahma Mian’s recent d|Bootcamp in Karachi have published a story in Pakistan’s Express Tribune deploying responsive design, visualizations and data analysis they learned to reveal the inner workings of Karachi’s water utilities. Think Progress also highlighted the d|Bootcamp’s first place winner, Visualizing Honor Crimes.

Jorge Luis Sierra shares key advice on cyber security for journalists

ICFJ Knight Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra, a cybersecurity expert, shares vital tips and lists some classic encryption tools in an article in the Huffington Post to help journalists protect themselves and their sources. It's a must-read for journalists reporting on any topic, from local news to international conflicts.

New digital toolkit will help African journalists cover grassroots news

TIMBY (This is My Backyard), a winner of ICFJ Knight Fellow Justin Arenstein’s African News Innovation Challenge, launched a new digital and mobile toolkit for investigative and citizen journalists in Africa to enhance their reporting on local news issues.

This post is also published on IJNet, which is produced by ICFJ.

Main image courtesy of the Centre for Excellence in Journalism at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi.