Basic Journalism

Joyce on Al Jazeera

ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan called for governments to “step up and speak out” against the arrest of Al Jazeera reporters in Egypt.

Feb 242014

Governments Must “Step Up and Speak Out” on Behalf of Al Jazeera Journalists

In a live interview on Al Jazeera English Thursday, ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan said that to secure the release of several Al Jazeera reporters arrested in Egypt, governments “have to step up and speak out.” Unless officials express outrage at the arrests and “put some teeth in it,” the country’s crackdown on civil society will continue to snowball, she said.

Feb 182014

Geographic Data Powers Climate Change Coverage in Indonesia

Frequent flooding and critically low crop yields are just two of the warning signs of climate change in Indonesia, home to the world’s third-largest tropical rainforest and some of the highest levels of biological diversity on the globe.

To shed light on these crucial issues, data journalists have launched the news site Ekuatorial, which offers the latest environmental news and engaging, easy-to-understand interactive maps of oceans, forests and natural disasters in Indonesia.


Feb 62014

To Cover Health Effectively, Journalists Must Look at the Big Picture

When a new health initiative is announced, journalists too often think they have an easy story to tell. They can quote officials on what the project will do and how quickly they expect it to eradicate a disease or improve the health of the people.

But if reporters think they are telling the whole story, they need to think again. These initiatives do not exist in isolation. Placing the new plan in context, and especially explaining where it fits within the overall health system, is critical to informing the public.


Knight International Journalism Fellow Declan Okpalaeke launched the African Health Journalists Association, the first organization of its kind for reporters across the continent.


Knight International Journalism Fellow Declan Okpalaeke is leading the launch of Africa's first Pan-African health journalists’ organization, the African Health Journalists Association. He is a three-time winner of CNN’s African Journalist of the Year Award for his coverage of health, science and environment, and sports stories in Nigeria.

Nigeria: Increasing Citizen Engagement With Health News

Babatunde Akpeji is expanding his vibrant citizen journalist network in the Niger Delta.

“Hala Nigeria: Many Voices, Better Lives,” an unprecedented project that brings together five Knight International Journalism Fellows to pool their expertise, will increase public engagement and amplify citizen voices in health news in Africa’s most populous country.

The project, which means “Speak Out, Nigeria,” is using new digital tools to spur citizen engagement and promote data-driven reporting to take advantage of Nigeria’s new open data movement.

Jan 152014

Women in Tech Seek Solutions to Shortage of Drinkable Water

There is nothing more essential to life than water. Yet in Costa Rica, potable water is in short supply, even for people living close to the country’s world-famous beaches.

I thought, what better way to help the media find out why water-distribution systems fail and identify solutions than by bringing journalists, data-visualization experts and developers to a place that struggles to maintain a regular supply of clean water? So we held Chicas Poderosas on the Beach, a meetup in Nicoya, Costa Rica.