• Feb 12008

    Signs of hope in young Russian journalism students

    Intensive journalism classes begin in Moscow newsroom.

    Eric Schwartz (left) and Alexei Terehov of Moi Rayon talk with young journalism students.

    Western commentators understandably worry about growing restrictions on press freedom in Russia, but in the eyes of new journalism students in Moscow I see bright signs of hope. At the Moscow newspaper office of Moy Rayon, we are holding journalism classes for about a dozen young students, who exhibit much of the same fire found in journalism students in the United States. They want to find and tell the stories in their neighborhoods.

  • Dec 132007

    Russian bureaucrats choke flow of information for local journalists

    On top of the normal challenges faced by journalists everywhere, Russian journalists find that government sources at all levels are restricting even basic information to the press.   The Yeltsin years in Russia were chaotic and sometimes dangerous, but they afforded journalists great opportunities. The relaxation of press restrictions that began with Perestroika continued, and even stolid bureaucrats became more communicative as the power became decentralized.

    But Russia seems to have become more difficult for journalists recently.

  • Dec 122007

    Report from Bali: Getting developing country journalists to cover climate conference

    Barely 10 percent of the journalists covering the United Nations climate change conference were from the developing countries (if those from the host country were not counted). Yet these countries will bear the brunt of climate changes, and initiatives at the conference will affect them profoundly.

  • Dec 52007

    Training Workshop Environmental Journalism on Climate Change Program Plan

    Last month, The Jakarta Post requested Jody McPhillips and I to help them develop program plan on environmental journalism training workshop on climate change issues for the Post's journalists who will cover climate change conference in Bali.

  • Oct 122007


    Is an interactive training module, produced by Knight Fellow Stephen Franklin, which is intended as a basic introduction to the new online world of Web logs or "blogs."

  • Oct 122007

    Knight Director Elisa Tinsley Hosts Alumni Reception in Amman

    Knight International Director Elisa Tinsley hosted the event at the Wild Jordan Restaurant, which overlooks one of the fastest-growing cities and media markets in the Middle East...

  • Oct 122007

    Thoughts on Good Journalism from a Ugandan Newsroom

    Fellow Bill Ristow kept a running diary of his work with the New Vision newspaper.

    Bill Ristow, who just completed his Knight Fellowship as newsroom trainer at Uganda’s New Vision newspaper, wrote a weekly newsletter, “20-20 Vision,” that became a must-read for journalists at the New Vision and elsewhere. Among Ristow’s parting thoughts for his colleagues was this “Top Ten to Remember” list: