Jun 262013

United Nations Publication Features Work of South Asia Training Participants

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shared the work of two ICFJ program participants in a publication commemorating The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.

M M Badsha's piece "Gaza Phencidyl Yaba Crossing Border in the Hole of Bamboo, Inside the Pillow," detailed the practices of drug traffickers in his home country of Bangladesh while Chencho Dema's piece, "Substance Abuse Among Women a Growing Problem" offered a close look at drug abuse amon

Infectious disease contest

These African women are holding bed nets, which will help protect their families from mosquitoes carrying malaria. Photo: Gates Foundation

Story Contest for Best Coverage of Infectious Diseases

These African women are holding bed nets, which will help protect their families from mosquitoes carrying malaria. Photo: Gates Foundation

Journalists from the United States, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa have won international reporting trips worth up to $10,000 for submitting the best stories on infectious diseases.

The stories addressed diseases including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. These three diseases alone are the leading causes of death in low- and middle-income countries. They claim nearly 4 million lives every year and cost billions of dollars in lost productivity.

May 32013

Engaging Citizens in Governance With Open Data

Citizens, writes development expert Jay Naidoo in The Guardian, always know better than the government or the market what works for them. “So why don't state officials and policymakers take us, the citizens, into their confidence?” he asks. “Can we begin to see citizens as the greatest ally for good governance? And if so, how do we pursue a partnership between government and citizens?”

“Part of the answer lies in open data,” Naidoo writes.

Apr 262013

ICFJ News, Spring 2013

We hope you enjoy ICFJ's quarterly newsletter. In our programs, we seed new ideas and services that deepen coverage, expand news delivery and engage citizens in the editorial process.

Apr 262013

How Health Coverage Went From Second-Rate to Top-Tier in Mozambique

When Mercedes Sayagues arrived in Mozambique three years ago to begin work as a Knight International Journalism Fellow, health news was consigned to the back pages, health stories were based on news releases, and health assignments went to the least experienced reporters.

Olga Touring Nuclear Facility

Belogolova tours the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, which was ordered to close after the Fukushima nuclear accident. Some of her stories focused on shifts in Japan's energy policy since the nuclear meltdown. Courtesy of Olga Belogolova

Belogolova Picking Radishes

Belogolova interviews a farmer in Fukushima Prefecture. She wrote about rumors of food safety in the wake of the disaster. Courtesy of Olga Belogolova.

Control Room Simulation in Fukushima

Belogolova and her interpreter at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant observing a control room simulation of what happened during the Fukushima nuclear accident. Courtesy of Olga Belogolova.

Outside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant

Image courtesy of Olga Belogolova