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Apr 302015

Raising the Bar for 'Innovation'

Words and terms are prone to periods of popularity. These turn of phrases rise, get inevitably coopted, overused and diluted and eventually fall far from grace.

This has happened many times before, whether it’s “synergy” or “paradigm shift,” the words begin with value and then ring hollow after only a few short years. The most recent of these words to follow in this grand tradition is the star-child of the tech crowd, “innovate.”

Like many of the high-flying terms over the years, “innovate” (and its brethren “innovation,” “innovating” and “innovative”) is a catch all.

Apr 202015

The Power of Social Media in the Nigerian Election

The recent election of Muhammadu Buhari as president of Nigeria has been hailed internationally as a historic transfer of power for Africa’s most populous nation. It was the first in which a sitting president was defeated at the ballot box. Sunday Dare, a Knight International Journalism Fellow working for the International Center for Journalists in Nigeria in 2011 and 2012, is currently chief of staff and media adviser to the head of Buhari’s political party, former Governor Bola Tinubu.

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 162015

ICFJ offers six-week online course for Pakistani journalists on “Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age”

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) invites Pakistani journalists with three to 10 years of professional journalism experience to apply for a six-week online course, “Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age,” which will be held from April 8 to May 20, 2015. The deadline to apply has been extended to April 5, 2015.

During the six-week course, participants will learn to produce multimedia content, write and blog for the web, and effectively and ethically manage online communities that attract constructive, responsible dialogue with their audiences.

Mar 112015

The Dos and Don'ts of Providing Interactive Content

No one could get to all of the more than 200 sessions at the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference (NICAR 2015) in Atlanta last week – not even with one of Hermione Granger’s time-turners.

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.

Feb 122015

How Knight Fellow Nasr ul Hadi is Transforming Newsrooms in India

Knight International Journalism Fellow Nasr ul Hadi has worn a lot of hats throughout his journalism career.

He’s been a copy editor, tried every medium from broadcast to print to online and even taught the next class of journalists as a professor. Throughout his career, Hadi has worked with the editorial and business sides of news production and alongside interns, reporters, editors and upper management.

His wide-ranging knowledge of media will help him face his next challenge.