Basic Journalism

Dec 222014

Journalist Rescue Fund Could Protect Threatened Reporters, Promote Free Press

Over the past 22 years, 1,059 journalists have been killed. Worldwide, some 430 journalists are in exile from their home countries. Hundreds more are injured, persecuted, muzzled, and threatened, mostly by governments and sometimes by influential non-governmental forces, all interested in stifling a free, fearless press. Much of this happens in countries where autocratic regimes are the norm and press freedom is ignored.

Meanwhile, there’s a lot of lip service paid, often after the fact, to such threats. In December, for instance, the U.N.

Dec 152014

U.S.-Pakistan Program Fosters Culture of Understanding, Accuracy in Reporting

The 77 Pakistani and 10 American journalists who participated in ICFJ’s U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism program in 2014 were exposed to a different culture, helping to break down stereotypes and leading to more accurate reporting.

The Pakistani journalists spent three weeks immersed in one of 55 newsrooms in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

Dec 122014

From Asheville to Sacramento, Pakistani Journalists Share Stories with Local Communities

At the end of October, 17 journalists from Pakistan returned home after spending nearly five weeks in the United States on ICFJ’s U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism. After four days in Washington, D.C., the journalists completed fellowships at newspapers across the country. The fellows covered a variety of stories for their host media organizations – from Malala Yousafzai being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the start of the stone crab season in Florida.

Dec 82014

How to Prevent the Spread of AIDS? Teach Girls to Save Money

During a recent visit to Kenya for an ICFJ exchange program, PBS NewsHour editor Ellen Rolfes reported on a groundbreaking program: Teaching girls to save money so they will be less dependent on men – and therefore less susceptible to sexual assault, pregnancy and HIV. PBS.org published the story on World AIDS Day.

The Safe and Smart Savings program is offered at Zeyln Academy, a school in Kenya’s largest slum, where an alarming number of young girls are susceptible to HIV and sexual abuse.

Nov 242014

Burmese Journalists Get a Close-Up View of U.S. During Midterm Elections

A group of Burmese journalists got a first-hand look at American politics, journalism and life when they observed and reported on the U.S. midterm elections in Louisiana and North Carolina.

The two-week tour was part of an ICFJ program designed to expose the 15 visiting journalists to U.S. coverage of elections ahead of Burma’s 2015 general elections.

ICFJ hosted 15 Burmese journalists who attended trainings and site visits in the US to learn about the media coverage of the 2014 midterm elections.

Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Improving Sustainability in Investigative Journalism

Knight International Journalism Fellow Christopher Guess works with a network of media organizations and investigative reporting centers in Eastern Europe and Eurasia to develop long-term sustainability plans and better management practices.

Knight Fellow Christopher Guess develops long-term sustainability plans for investigative reporting centers in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

With the help of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Guess helps grant-funded organizations find new revenue streams and rely less on outside grants.

Nov 42014

HacksLabs announces Transparency & Accountability Challenge 2014 for Latin America


_Media entrepreneur Mariano Blejman founded HacksLabs, Latin America's first data journalism accelerator, earlier this year as part of his ICFJ Knight Fellowship. The idea for HacksLabs "came from years of frustration and wasted energy," Blejman wrote in April.

Oct 302014

Tabeir Iraq aims to help journalists and bloggers stay safe

When I visited Iraq for the first time in October 2003, the country was one of the most dangerous places for journalists to work. Unfortunately, that reality has not changed. Since 2003, 102 journalists have been murdered in the country, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, and many more have been harmed or threatened.

As a reporter for the Mexican newspaper El Independiente, I spent two weeks in Iraq, covering the period when an international military coalition occupied the country.