Blogs

  • Nov 272010

    Sick Girl Highlights the Power of the Press in Peru

    The first thing you notice when you meet Emily is just how tiny she is. She’s small because she suffers from a genetic disorder which makes it nearly impossible for her to defecate. The medicines to keep her alive cost about $12 a day… and her parents make only $10 a day between the two of them, while feeding three children.

  • Nov 242010

    Brazilian Blog Gets An Impressive New Home

    Editors Note: A web address change for Mural, a leading citizen journalist blog in São Paulo.

    Mural, the blog that comprises news stories and videos by more than 50 volunteer bloggers and citizen journalists, is moving today to a new address.

  • Nov 202010

    Bhutan's First Multimedia Training Features New Women Trainers

    It all came together during ICFJ’s first-ever multimedia training in Thimphu, Bhutan. Jigme Choden and Tshewang Lhamo, two Bhutanese students at the International Media Institute of India, accompanied Knight Fellows David Bloss and Jody McPhillips to Thimphu in November—but they went as trainers, not students.

  • Nov 122010

    A toxic debate around a smelter

    Until June this year, the only bypass I knew had to do with heart surgery. But I discovered another kind of bypass when the Mozambican government authorized the Mozal smelter to emit its fumes and dust directly into the air (bypassing filters) during four months.

  • Nov 62010

    El periodista que vende publicidad: conoce tu audiencia y tu medio

    La regla dorada del mercadeo y las ventas es Conocer al cliente.

    Muchos periodistas independientes tienen miedo de vender publicidad o patrocinios en sus medios digitales.

    Pero si saben hablar de su audiencia y el posible valor al cliente, hasta un periodista inhábil puede lograr vender publicidad.

    La regla dorada del mercadeo y las ventas es Conocer al cliente. Aquí el cliente es el usuario-lector-suscriptor. Si conocemos bien a éstos, podemos tratar mejor con los anunciantes-patrocinadores.

  • Nov 52010

    El periodista que vende publicidad: conoce tu audiencia y tu medio

    Muchos periodistas independientes tienen miedo de vender publicidad o patrocinios en sus medios digitales.

    Pero si saben hablar de su audiencia y el posible valor al cliente, hasta un periodista inhábil puede lograr vender publicidad.

    La regla dorada del mercadeo y las ventas es Conocer al cliente. Aquí el cliente es el usuario-lector-suscriptor. Si conocemos bien a éstos, podemos tratar mejor con los anunciantes-patrocinadores.

    Encontrarse frente a vender, los periodistas tienen varias inquietudes:

    -- No sé o me da vergüenza pedir dinero por servicios.

  • Nov 52010

    Ethics and professionalism don't stop bullets, but reduce risks

    As a part of the ICFJ's program in Panama, we are training correspondents who frequently work under risk covering not only community issues but also crime in cities affected by drug trafficking. Ethics, professionalism and methods of verification and bullet-proofing stories are crucial elements in the workshops.

    Panama -- For a brief moment, I felt like being in a Mexico province, not in Colon, at the Caribbean port of entry of the Panama Canal.

  • Nov 32010

    Malawi President Lifts Midwife Ban After News Reports Paint A Grim Picture for Pregnant Women

    Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika had just returned home from New York where he had been attending a UN heads of state summit to review the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), making a detour through Havana—a city known more for its cigars than for its pies.

    As is customary, he held a press conference when he touched down at Chileka International Airport and used the occasion to flay his critics for complaining that his numerous foreign trips were draining the national treasury.

  • Nov 22010

    Election of Brazil’s First Female President Offers Lessons for Reporters

    The election of Brazil’s first woman president should be hailed, but has not aroused many celebrations. A dirty campaign in which the media has a lot to answer for has much to do with that.

    This Sunday, for the first time in its history, Brazil elected a woman to the country’s highest political office. Even for those with differing political views, this should have been hailed as an historic milestone in a nation with a male-dominated workforce. And yet, many people, weary of an incredibly negative, shallow campaign season, were just eager for it all to end.

  • Oct 292010

    A mountain is going to the provinces

    PANAMA -- Journalists working from the Panama provinces are not quite fortunate in regard to training: they live and work to far away from the country's capital and don’t have the same opportunities to take seminars and workshops usually available for their colleagues in Panama City.

    Reporters and editors working in the provinces are usually non-staffers, working as free-lancer correspondents for the main newspaper, national TV and radio companies; Unless they are willing to travel to Panama on their own to attend the workshops, they rarely receive training.

    In some instances the m