• Aug 202010

    Getting To Know You

    One small, but very enterprising TV association in Lima, Peru aims to be inclusive and provide true coverage to an entire country... all with a little help from some friends.

    The H is silent. That’s how I usually explain how my name is pronounced.  I thought it would no longer be an issue in Peru, but it turns out it’s an even bigger problem here! Locals pronounce the H with a guttural sound making my name sound German. Oh well.

  • Aug 202010

    Savana, Mozal and Air Pollution

    Last year, the aluminum production company Mozal quietly requested authorization to operate with direct emissions (or bypass the filtering system) while repairing its Fume Treatment Centers (FTC) for six months, at a cost of $10-million. "Sub-optimal engineering in the centers," was the bland term used by Mozal assets president Mike Fraser to explain the need for repairs. Translation: shoddy quality.

    The smelter, one of the largest foreign investments ever in Mozambique, is visible from the highway linking Maputo to South Africa.

  • Aug 192010

    Mural: a celebration of life in the periphery

    A phrase once uttered once by one of the students who took part in the Mural course impressed me deeply.

  • Aug 102010

    Carpe Diem: Covering Health In Kenya Post Referendum

    Two days after Kenyans defied expectations and peacefully, purposefully approved a new Constitution, I was processing two powerful emotions.

    The first one mirrored my overall mindset during the 2008 US Presidential Election, when the chance to participate in an historic event was literally intoxicating. Being able to fly home from my ICFJ Kenya program base to vote only heightened the excitement. I know many Kenyans are feeling that same tidal wave of impact at defying the naysayers through the power of the ballot.

    But the other sensation I’m feeling is deep relief.

  • Jul 302010

    New Digital Map Tracks Crime and Corruption in Panama

    As a Mexican journalist living at the U.S.-Mexico border, I recognize the footprints of organized crime: drug-related executions, drug seizures, and drive-by shootings. I have seen these same signs in Panama. That’s why I think my project as a Knight International Journalism Fellow will be crucial for my Panamanian colleagues.

    Citizens can tweet or submit an online form with their crime report. Soon they will be able to text as well. The reports are geo-tagged on a digital map using Ushahidi, an online platform that originated in Kenya to track violence during the elections.

  • Jul 302010

    A Unique Gathering of Fellows

    Kampala, Uganda -- When nine Knight Fellows gathered in Kampala recently, most found the meeting to be a rare and welcome chance to spend time and exchange ideas with a group of peers.The nine are all on similar missions in newsrooms across Sub-Saharan Africa – to improve and expand coverage of either health or poverty at the organizations where they work as coaches, trainers and mentors. It can be a lonely mission. By definition, the Fellow is a unique presence in a newsroom.

  • Jul 262010

    Delivering the Goods: Overview of the Marketing and Product Development Process

    Start-ups often grow organically and often need a little guidance on growth and development.

  • Jul 242010

    Mobile phone technology meets citizen journalism

    When my health-journalism fellowship began two and a half years ago, I dreamed about finding the “killer app” for mobile telephones that would revolutionize journalism in Africa.

    I didn’t make much headway, and the dream came to look like a wild fantasy. But today, 26-year old Lydia Namubiru is engineering the kind of leap forward I once dreamed would be my claim to fame.

    The diminutive Ugandan was working as a features writer for the New Vision newspaper when I arrived in her country at the beginning of 2008.

  • Jul 242010

    International Media Institute of India Opens Its Doors

    As we start the school year with our very first group of students, a reminder of what we are all about: The only certainty in journalism today is that the news business is changing and journalists must change with it.

  • Jul 232010

    Southeast Asian Media Legal Defense Network Launches in Kuala Lumpur

    SEAMLDN officially launches regional network to support the legal defense of media freedom in Southeast Asia.

    Media controls are a complicated business.  We are all aware of the overt control exerted over the media in markets where the media is owned or “affiliated” with the government or where access to the Internet is filtered through a firewall.  But, in markets across Asia less overt but equally effective techniques are used to keep the media under control or out of the picture.  These techniques often take the form of legal or administrative barriers to operations.

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