Basic Journalism

May 212014

Expert Tips for Making Better Infographics

While infographics are a great way to help readers understand complex topics, journalists should avoid the temptation to make information appear to be simpler than it is.

"Stories are always more complicated than they seem at first," said data visualization expert Alberto Cairo.

May 132014

São Paulo’s Mural Blog Helps Citizens Shed Light on Neglected Communities

For more than three years, the blog Mural has practiced collaborative journalism, run away from stereotypes and sought quality in local coverage.

Community journalism, citizen journalism, hyperlocal journalism, nonprofit journalism. I do not accept any of these labels. In my assessment, what the correspondents for the blog Mural have done for more than three years is good-quality journalism. Good journalism. Period.

Bringing the World to an Indian News Audience

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), with the support from the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, India, invites applications for the program “Bringing the World to an Indian News Audience,” offered to support media professionals in the dynamic locale of Hyderabad as they illustrate the impact of international issues on the daily lives of their local readership and India’s broader development objectives.

May 22014

Cyberattacks on Eve of World Press Freedom Day Highlight Importance of Digital Security

A recent cyberattack against a news website in Panama, on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, shows how journalists and bloggers who try to reveal corruption, electoral rigging and inefficient public policies become the target of digital warfare.

IJNet Arabic’s Mentoring Center for MENA Media Startups

Media entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa have a new opportunity to take their digital projects to the next level.

IJNet's Arabic channel will launch its second mentoring program for individuals and organizations with startup media projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

Apr 222014

The Art of Managing Interactive Journalism Projects

An attractive, informative infographic or other interactive product can be the satisfying end result of a digital team's hard work.

But former Guardian interactive designer Mariana Santos says the process of getting there is just as important.

“For a team, it’s as much about the trip as it is about arriving,” says Santos, an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow.

Apr 222014

Using Drone Journalism to Cover the News in Remote Areas of Africa

Kenyan digital journalist Dickens Onditi Olewe wants to help journalists across Africa improve their coverage from hard-to-reach places by giving them an “eye in the sky” aerial view.

But instead of expensive helicopters, he’s interested in low-cost drone technology, which he says has the potential to revolutionize media access to frontline events and stories in remote areas.

Forty women journalists from across Latin America, from writers to designers to developers, gathered in Miami over Easter weekend for learning, hacking and networking during the first U.S. meeting of Chicas Poderosas. The initiative, which means "Powerful Women," was started by ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariana Santos as a way to bring more women into the tech side of the newsroom. The network currently boasts more than 500 members.

Apr 172014

"Life is Ever Vibrant" for Pakistani Journalists Visiting the U.S.

On April 6, the ninth group of Pakistani journalists to participate in the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism returned home after spending nearly five weeks in the United States. The journalists worked in newsrooms across the country, producing reports for their host media, as well as their own.

The visiting journalists covered a range of topics, from the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight to Pakistan Day in America. A few of them had the chance to talk to U.S.