Basic Journalism

The Iraqi-U.S. Journalism Exchange program took place on June, 2014. Five journalists from Iraq arrived to the U.S. without suspecting that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) would throw their country into upheaval a day later. In this video, the journalists reflect on sectarianism and discrimination in their home country.

Jul 152014

Journalists and Civil Society Must Join Forces to Engage the Public With Health News

Now that news reporting is no longer simply a matter of journalists deciding what they think the public needs to know, the mainstream media must make the shift from just reporting about news events to exploring ideas that move the audience to think and act.

Nowhere is that more true than in health coverage, where locally relevant engagement with the news can help individuals and communities identify their health priorities and have a conversation, offline and online, about solutions that can make a difference in their lives.

Jul 142014

Of Course We Drive Cars in Pakistan

Last month, 19 journalists from Pakistan returned home after completing three-week fellowships in newsrooms across the United States, bringing the total number of Pakistani journalists to participate in the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism to over 140.

From Topeka to Tallahassee, the fellows shadowed reporters and anchors, produced stories for their host media organizations, and experienced American culture at its core - in U.S. communities.

Jul 32014

ICFJ Participant Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award for Report on Human Trafficking

For his investigation into the sex trade along the United States’ Eastern seaboard, ICFJ Reporting Fellow Phillip Martin and the WGBH News team won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in electronic journalism.

Featuring interviews with victims detailing their experiences and state officials describing their efforts to prevent the practices, “Underground Trade: From Boston to Bangkok” uncovers the workings of East Coast-based human trafficking networks and their connections to Southeast Asia.

Jul 32014

A Nightmare Turned Beautiful

Most of us have been through travel nightmares that over time have turned into fond memories. Maybe you were lost for hours while in a place where nobody spoke your language, but you ended up making great friends and learned how to live alone. This is what happened with me.

Jun 202014

Being A Fellow

It seemed to be an interesting possibility from the very beginning when I filed the application with the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan. I applied at the last moment of course, as would be expected of me, running off to the general post office in Islamabad and depositing the envelope in person just 10 minutes before the office shut down. Then, I got an interview call. It all seemed surreal, as if it was not happening to me at all.

The idea of going to the United States for the first time and to actually be able to work there for a broadcast media outlet would be no less than a dream for a workaholic like me. The U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism instantly became the highlight of my very happening and fast-developing life.

Jun 202014

ICFJ Fellow Finds Ann Arbor "Not Far from Home"

Earlier this month, the tenth group of Pakistani journalists arrived in the United States as a part of ICFJ’s U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism. Since its inception in 2011, the program has brought 146 Pakistani journalists to the U.S. for three-week fellowships in newsrooms across the country.

Throughout the journalists’ time in the U.S., they not only learn how American media operate.

Africa: Improving and Expanding Technology

Knight International Journalism Fellow Friedrich Lindenberg works with journalists and watchdog organizations to develop data resources and investigative tools.

Jun 132014

ICFJ Organizes “CodeCamp for the Globe” to Strengthen Citizen Voices Through Data

From May 19 through 30, 2014, ICFJ brought together experts from around the world to the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy to find ways to use data to advance quality journalism. Ben Colmery helped organize this key summit.

His report:

There is no question that open data is opening new doors to improve people’s lives. Initiatives by governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs and hacker groups have bolstered its potential by creating a flood of data and apps.

But what, of it all, has shown tangible success? What works, what doesn’t?

Jun 112014

Calling All Journalism Professors!

The International Center for Journalists is on to something big with its Back in the Newsroom Fellowship. As one of five professors from historically black colleges selected to participate in the program, the benefit of the exposure just in the first few weeks alone has been immeasurable.

The fellowship draws educators out from behind the walls of their institutions of higher learning and pushes them into the open universe of digital content generation.