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Sep 172012

How Innovators Aim to Disrupt African Media

Fact-checking the media, drone journalism and journalists' security were among the topics on the minds of more than 500 innovators vying for startup capital to disrupt African media.

The African News Innovation Challenge will provide US$12,500-US$100,000 to about 20 startups.

Sep 112012

40 Finalists Emerge in $1M Innovation Challenge

Forty pioneering digital journalism projects have been shortlisted as finalists in the inaugural $1 million African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC).

May 142012

Bank of America Sees Impact of Business Journalism Graduates

BEIJING -- The Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University is helping to generate top-quality coverage of business and finance in the world’s fastest growing economy, said Lisa Xue, chief administrative officer, China, for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Xue was speaking at a May 13 luncheon hosted by the bank as part of the 10th anniversary of the university's School of Journalism and Communication.

"We’re happy to see GBJ graduates are hired by China’s top media," said Xue.

Apr 242012

Junar, a Useful Tool for Data Journalism, is Now Available in Spanish

One of the problems of advancing data journalism in Latin America is that many of the tools used in data analysis and visualization are available only in English. Knight Fellow Sandra Crucianelli is working to change that. She contacted the creators of Junar, a handy tool that allows users to extract and process data, to explain the impact a Spanish interface of its free version would have on journalists in Latin America. Crucianelli explains why this program and others like it are so important for Spanish speaking journalists.

Apr 242012

Brazil Summit Kicks Off A Global Effort for Greater Transparency and Open Data

Two Knight International Journalism Fellows -- Justin Arenstein and I -- attended the first summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) on April 17 and 18 in Brazil to see how this new movement can influence our work.

The meeting of the group, founded by the presidents of Brazil and the United States in September 2011, marked the official launch of a global effort to promote the principles of transparency and open data in the public sector.

Brazil - Hillary and Delma

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the first summit of the Open Government Partnership. Both leaders have defended open data as a means for combatting corruption and improving government transparency. (Photo: Agência Brasil)

Apr 192012

Argentine Hackathon Helps Journalists Tackle Data Visualization

Knight International Journalism Fellow Sandra Crucianelli participated in a "Hackathon," bringing Argentine tech developers and media organizations together in an effort to help journalists stay on top of communication technologies. The goal of this first session? Creating applications to display chronologies of social issues and events.

ICFJ sent six Knight International Journalism Fellows and staff from all over the world to Austin, TX for the South By Southwest interactive conference. Here, they describe what top media innovations caught their eyes.