Investigative

Dec 22014

CJR Features ICFJ President’s Op-Ed on “Serial” Podcast

The Columbia Journalism Review featured a column written by ICFJ’s president, Joyce Barnathan, in which she commends the hit podcast "Serial" for making “journalism more transparent” and adding “tremendous credibility to our field.”

"Serial" chronicles reporter Sarah Koenig’s investigation of the 1999 murder of a high school student in Baltimore. It has been downloaded or streamed more than 5 million times and averages over 1.5 million listeners per episode.

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Knight Fellow Christopher Guess develops long-term sustainability plans for investigative reporting centers in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Improving Sustainability in Investigative Journalism

Knight International Journalism Fellow Christopher Guess works with a network of media organizations and investigative reporting centers in Eastern Europe and Eurasia to develop long-term sustainability plans and better management practices.

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Knight Fellow Christopher Guess develops long-term sustainability plans for investigative reporting centers in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

With the help of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Guess helps grant-funded organizations find new revenue streams and rely less on outside grants.

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Nov 102014

Knight Award winner's tips for freelance investigative reporters

Before she became an award-winning investigative reporter, Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab Wilhelm was a woodworker and a university student unsure of what to do with her life.

Today she is a 2014 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award winner, who shared a Pulitzer Prize last year for uncovering Wal-Mart’s aggressive tactics for dominating the Mexican market.

Nov 52014

Nicaraguan newspaper engages youth with multimedia coverage of endangered forest

In Nicaragua, an innovative report on the degradation of an environmental treasure has sparked the public, especially the youth, to take notice.

The story, El ocaso de Bosawás (The Decline of Bosawás), published by Confidencial newspaper in April, is a milestone report on the devastation of Central America’s largest tropical forest, the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, in northern Nicaragua. The paper told the story through a diversity of multimedia elements, using new technologies and narrative tools.

Nov 42014

HacksLabs announces Transparency & Accountability Challenge 2014 for Latin America


_Media entrepreneur Mariano Blejman founded HacksLabs, Latin America's first data journalism accelerator, earlier this year as part of his ICFJ Knight Fellowship. The idea for HacksLabs "came from years of frustration and wasted energy," Blejman wrote in April.

Oct 282014

Ecuadoran Reporter Unmasks Dangerous Child Trafficking Trends

In March, an eight-year-old girl from Ecuador traveled with a trafficker, or “coyote,” who promised to reunite her with her parents in the United States. But while attempting to illegally cross the border, her trafficker was arrested. The girl, Jhoselín Noemí Álvarez Quillay, was sent to a shelter. There, 33 days after leaving her home in Ecuador, she was found dead by hanging.

The incident, which is still being investigated, set off a media firestorm and a wave of suspicion.

Oct 282014

ICFJ’s Ben Colmery participates in panel on data journalism for the developing world

Data journalism is having a powerful impact on the lives of citizens, especially in the developing world, according to a panel of media-development experts brought together on October 15 by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA).

The discussion titled “How Data Journalism Drives Results in Developing Countries” touched on data initiatives around the world, with a focus on projects in Africa and Latin America.