Multimedia

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 132014

How Argentina's La Nación Data Journalism Team is Verifying Senate Spending Data With Help From the Public

The data sets emerging from our current age of big data aren't always usable by the masses--or even accurate. One Argentine newspaper is working to change that by empowering the public to verify and understand just what the country's elected leaders are spending public money on, from airline tickets to per diems.

La Nación’s VozData initiative, which launched in late March, allows users to review and rate more than 6,500 Argentine Senate spending records from 2010 to 2012. All were originally published on the official Senate website.

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.

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In December of 2013, Director of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships program, Jorge Luis Sierra, led the first webinar in this series. A digital security expert, he discussed the latest digital and mobile security tools and practices for journalists.

IJNet Arabic’s Mentoring Center for MENA Media Startups

IJNet Arabic is launching its first mentoring program for individuals and organizations with startup media projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

IJNet will pair eight mentees with two mentors for six months, equipping the participants with the business, digital- and mobile-media skills and strategies needed to help their startups thrive.

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.

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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.

Apr 92014

InfoAmazonia Will Crowdsource Environmental News

Environmental journalism site InfoAmazonia, which pioneered using satellite data for reporting, is adding a new source to its coverage: observations from the ground.

The site will gather and share information from people living and working in the Amazon, including “indigenous communities, researchers, NGOs, students and engaged citizens acting on social media,” said data journalist Gustavo Faleiros, who founded the site.