Development

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?

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.

May 122014

Remembering ICFJ Founder Ruth D. Ewing

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) recently lost longtime supporter and founding director Ruth D. Ewing of Keene, New Hampshire.

Ruth was the wife of Jim Ewing, one of the three visionary founders of ICFJ. Ruth and Liebe Winship, the wife of ICFJ Founder Tom Winship, sat on ICFJ’s first board.

Ewing believed in fostering international cooperation. She remained one of ICFJ’s strongest supporters, attending its annual Awards Dinner every year.

Apr 242014

How to Improve Coverage of Technology in Africa

Technology is thriving in Africa. In just over a decade, the region has become the one of the most connected via mobile, experiencing the fastest growth in mobile subscribers. The world’s tech giants are investing in the region. And an active tech community is pioneering ways to rewire the media. But you wouldn’t necessarily know it from reading the news.

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.

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.

Mar 282014

An American in Islamabad

Ten American journalists returned from Pakistan in mid-February after touring the country for two weeks under ICFJ’s U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism. From Karachi to Islamabad and places in between, the group met with government ministers, visited development projects and even took tea at the home of Imran Khan – the former cricketer and Pakistani politician.

Mar 272014

News Contest Launched to Engage Citizens on Health

Nigerian journalists and media organizations can win cash, mentoring and in-house technical assistance through a new story competition aimed at amplifying citizen voices on vital health issues.

Winners of the Hala Nigeria Story Challenge will receive prizes up to $1,000 and a chance to attend an exclusive EditorsLab with a faculty of international experts.

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.