Roberts International Airport, Paynesville

Roberts International Airport in Paynesville, Liberia.

Nov 22011

ICFJ now accepting applications for 2012 International Reporting Fellowship Program

For a second year, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will offer the “Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship Program for Minority Journalists.”

Through this fellowship, journalists of color gain foreign reporting experience and an opportunity to cover important international issues that resonate with their communities.

Applicants must present a project proposal in their application, detailing the reporting project they would be interested in pursuing.

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday January 16, 2012.

Zambia-Flickr photo of votes in line

Voting sites were flooded with hundreds of people lined up to cast their ballots. (Photo by Sarah Fradgley)

Colombia donkey in Barranquilla

Donkeys are often used to cart vegetables, fruit and housewares for sale on the streets of Barranquilla.

Oct 102011

With Elections Looming in Colombia, Journalists and Election Officials Are Gearing Up

A decision to observe a training session conducted by Colombia’s independent Electoral Observer Mission brought me from Bogota to Barranquilla for two days. The MOE, as it is known here, has had an ongoing presence in Colombia’s political life since 2006. One of the things they are doing as they get ready to observe the local elections is to host a crowd-sourced map with national scope where citizens are able to file reports of what they consider to be election irregularities.

How does one television network with limited resources cover election issues in a country like Peru, spanning 500,000 square miles? With the help of Knight Fellow Hena Cuevas.

Liberia: Create Commercially Viable Radio Stations Using New Marketing Strategies

Luisa Handem Piette is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who coached management at four independent newspapers and three radio stations in Liberia to become profitable. She started the Media and Business Sustainability Exchange (MBS), a monthly meeting that brings together Liberian media managers and other members of the business community, including the Liberia Chamber of Commerce. The goal: to help the news media attract clients and educate businesses on the value of buying ads in a country where most advertising still comes from the government and NGOs.

Colombia: Use Crowd Sourcing Technology to Track Crime and Corruption

Knight International Journalism Fellow Ronnie Lovler helped El Tiempo, Colombia’s largest newspaper, develop a website that uses citizen reports to map crime in the capital city of Bogota. Modeled after a similar Fellowship project in Panama, citizens and citizen journalists post information on the map. Lovler trained El Tiempo journalists to use the map to identify trends and produce investigative stories about crime and violence.

Knight Fellow Ronnie Lovler helped journalists in Colombia to use crowd sourcing technology to cover 2011 elections and the issues that mattered most to citizens.

Jul 222011

India’s "Right to Information" Act Even Extends to Sports Journalists Who Don’t Like Cricket

Sports journalism and the use of India’s Right to Information act could be strange bedfellows. But the recent Commonwealth Games 2010 held in New Delhi reduced the distance. The billion-dollar sports extravaganza was mired in mismanagement, corruption and nepotism. Interestingly, a lot of this was unearthed by Right to Information activists. As a result, the key driver of the event, Suresh Kalmadi, is now in jail on charges of corruption.