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Jun 72014

ICFJ Knight Fellow's Regional Hackathon Follows Funds

Fourteen distinct chapters of Hacks/Hackers across Latin America and Miami gathered participants on June 7 to work on projects that attempt to answer one basic question: Where does my money go?

The hackathon brought journalists and coders together to follow where and how Latin American governments and corporations direct their funds.

May 212014

Expert Tips for Making Better Infographics

While infographics are a great way to help readers understand complex topics, journalists should avoid the temptation to make information appear to be simpler than it is.

"Stories are always more complicated than they seem at first," said data visualization expert Alberto Cairo.

May 22014

Cyberattacks on Eve of World Press Freedom Day Highlight Importance of Digital Security

A recent cyberattack against a news website in Panama, on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, shows how journalists and bloggers who try to reveal corruption, electoral rigging and inefficient public policies become the target of digital warfare.

Dow Jones Foundation Webinar Series

Thanks to generous support from the Dow Jones Foundation, ICFJ is hosting a series of free webinars on critical tech topics for journalists around the world.

For one of the latest webinars in the series, ICFJ Knight Fellows Chris Roper and Raymond Joseph shared social media strategies for journalists and, in particular, Twitter’s capacity to reinvent journalism for media companies.

IJNet Arabic’s Mentoring Center for MENA Media Startups

Media entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa have a new opportunity to take their digital projects to the next level.

IJNet's Arabic channel will launch its second mentoring program for individuals and organizations with startup media projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

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

The Art of Managing Interactive Journalism Projects

An attractive, informative infographic or other interactive product can be the satisfying end result of a digital team's hard work.

But former Guardian interactive designer Mariana Santos says the process of getting there is just as important.

“For a team, it’s as much about the trip as it is about arriving,” says Santos, an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow.

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.

Forty women journalists from across Latin America, from writers to designers to developers, gathered in Miami over Easter weekend for learning, hacking and networking during the first U.S. meeting of Chicas Poderosas. The initiative, which means "Powerful Women," was started by ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariana Santos as a way to bring more women into the tech side of the newsroom. The network currently boasts more than 500 members.

Back In The Newsroom Fellowship 2014

The Back In the Newsroom Fellowship will help journalism educators see firsthand the new skills needed for students to succeed in today’s newsrooms.

Back In The Newsroom is a fellowship program that brings five professors from historically black colleges and universities to spend a summer working in digitally advanced U.S. news organizations. This “internship” will help journalism educators see firsthand the new skills needed for students to succeed in today’s newsrooms.

The fellows will update their digital skills, develop cutting-edge curricula and strengthen relations between these newsrooms and their schools. The program will help improve diversity at leading U.S.