Dec 272013

Helping Women in News Get the Tech Training They Need to Thrive

Visual journalist Mariana Santos knows what it takes to succeed as a tech-savvy newsroom leader, and she wants to help other women do the same.

That's why Santos, formerly with The Guardian's interactive team, created “Chicas Poderosas” earlier this year to train, engage and inspire Latin American women journalists, designers, programmers and artists. Since May, the project -- which is part of Santos’ ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellowship -- has reached Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica with workshops and opportunities for learning and networking for both men and women.

Jordan bootcamp

Nearly 250 journalists from the Middle East and North Africa have received on-line training on using digital tools for public-service journalism in a four-year program funded by USAID.

Jun 112013

How Costa Rica’s La Nación is Telling Stories Visually

When U.S. President Barack Obama visited San José, Costa Rica this spring, he brought along the biggest security operation in the country’s history.

Costa Rica’s La Nación newspaper knew its audience would be keenly interested in the logistics of a visit that would affect traffic throughout the city that day.

May 282013

Contest Funds Innovative Journalism to Improve Health, Prosperity of Africans

To grasp how often people in Africa think about health, simply say "hello."

"In most African languages, the way to say ‘Good morning’ is often translated into some variation of ‘How is your health?’ or ‘How is your body?’" says media consultant Joseph Warungu.

But while health tops the list of issues of concern to Africans, the topic is often shortchanged in media coverage, says Warungu, an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow and consultant to the African Media Initiative (AMI).

May 242013

Hacks/Hackers Brings "A Different Voice" to African Newsrooms

Grassroots journalism organization Hacks/Hackers helps bridge the gap between news media and rapidly advancing technologies.

Knight International Journalism Fellow Justin Arenstein is a driving force behind the organization’s presence and growth in Africa.

May 112013

Journalists, Technologists Gather to Launch Hacks/Hackers Chapter in Rosario, Argentina

Journalists mingled with technologists, programmers and designers to establish Latin America's newest chapter of Hacks/Hackers, which promotes collaboration on news media projects. More than 60 people attended the inaugural meeting of Hacks/Hackers Rosario, the second group to be formed in Argentina. Among the speakers were ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow Mariano Blejman, who talked about projects launched at Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires, the country's first chapter.

Pak Election 2013 - Taimoor

Pakistanis attending the Pashtoon Khuwa Awami Party election event in Quetta. Courtesy of Muhammed Idrees.

Babar at IFES 2013

Taimoor, second from left, at the IFES panel event entitled "The Role of Media in Elections."

May 92013

Tsinghua University Forges Bloomberg Staff, Alumni Networks

May 8 (On Bloomberg) -- Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler spearheaded a groundbreaking project in China when in 2007 he set up a Bloomberg terminal lab at Tsinghua University.