Jun 122015

Blowing the Whistle: Collaborative Investigations in Africa

Top editors and investigative journalists in South Africa have welcomed a new whistleblowing platform designed to protect sources who leak sensitive information to the media.

Jun 42015

Using Robots to Conduct Cross-Database Investigations

Cross-border investigative journalism has been much discussed in recent years. Working with the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), I got a chance to observe that process when two reporters from Italy’s investigative reporting project (IRPI) came to visit South Africa to trace the business interests of the Italian Mafia in the country.

May 142015

Knight Journalism Award Helps Put "Hostile Elements" on Notice

Pakistani journalist Umar Cheema, winner of the 2013 Knight International Journalism Award, credits the award with sending a message to “hostile elements” that violence against journalists “will not go unnoticed.”

A special investigative correspondent for Pakistan’s largest English-language daily, The News, Cheema received the Knight Award for producing high-impact stories in the face of violent attacks.

Apr 172015

ICFJ Partner Wins Prestigious European Press Prize

The European Press Prize named the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) winner of its Special Award for 2015, calling ICFJ’s partner organization “a determined force for good everywhere it operates.”

ICFJ oversees a six-year, $6.3 million grant from the U.S.

Back In The Newsroom Fellowship 2015

The six 2015 Back in the Newsroom fellows at ICFJ's office.

Building on the success of the 2014 program, ICFJ will host a new round of Back in the Newsroom Fellowships in 2015. In its first year, the program placed five journalism professors from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in cutting-edge newsrooms for the summer. This gave the fellows first-hand exposure to the latest thinking on content creation and delivery – information and skills they are using to revise their curricula and teaching methods to help students get internships and jobs.

Mar 232015

Latin American Journalists Learn About Efforts to Prevent Crime in 24-Hour Cities

Twelve journalists from nine Latin American countries spent a week at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C., learning about crime and citizen security as part of the International Center for Journalists’ (ICFJ’s) “Can Crime Be Prevented in Latin America?” program. The initiative, hosted and funded by IDB, began with a six-week online course that attracted 94 participants.

Mar 202015

Investigative Journalists Uncover Corruption in Latin America

ICFJ’s Investigative Reporting Initiative in the Americas (IRIA) gave reporter Rafael Cabrera the tools he needed to break a story on the “Mexican White House” that has shaken the government of that country and led to follow-up stories from major media in the United States.

Cabrera, a journalist with Aristegui Noticias, reported on a potential conflict of interest involving President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife, Angélica Rivera.

Taller de Periodismo de Investigación en Paraguay (2015)

El Centro Internacional para Periodistas (ICFJ) en alianza con CONNECTAS y Foro de Periodistas Paraguayos (FOPEP) convocan a los periodistas paraguayos a participar en el taller sobre técnicas de investigación periodística.

Feb 182015

Journalists at Risk Map Illustrates Stunning Number of Attacks on Journalists in Mexico

The dangers faced by journalists around the world have been a prominent subject in the news lately. From reporters captured by ISIS to those whose computers have been hacked by their own governments, attacks on journalists come in many forms.