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Yingying investigated the dire consequences faced by teenage girls in Kenya who cannot afford sanitary napkins.

Jun 252013

ICFJ Participant Wins Prestigious Awards for Report on Human Trafficking

Wellesley, MA is a town better known for its college culture than its ties to the sex trade. But International Reporting Fellow Phillip Martin's award-winning stories are exposing it--and other hidden trafficking hot spots along the eastern seaboard.

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 142013

2013 International Reporting Fellows to Focus on Key Social Issues

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has selected 14 participants from the United States to report on everything from immigration to women’s health in the 2013 Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship Program for Minority Journalists. ICFJ also selected six U.S. journalists as fellows for the inaugural Social Justice Reporting for a Global America Program.

The fellows were chosen from a record 200 applications based on the quality of their proposals. Participants will report from abroad on issues that resonate with their local audiences.

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 82013

Pakistan's Rural Reporters Use Social Media to Cover the Elections

ICFJ recently conducted a program training rural Pakistani journalists how to cover the country's upcoming general elections with the aim of highlighting issues important to rural citizens. As the country prepares for its first democratic transition of power May 11, the program provided almost 40 rural journalists with mobile devices, their own wireless "hotspots," and taught them to use Facebook and Twitter to cover issues important in their communities.

Apr 302013

ICFJ’s Knight Projects, Partners Are Finalists for Data Journalism Awards

A platform that monitors the fragile Amazon region; a site that illuminates connections among the powerful; and an investigation into corrupt spending practices by Argentina’s Senate are among the outstanding projects of ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellows and their partners named finalists for 2013 Data Journalism Awards.

Five projects from ICFJ Knight Fellows and their partners were shortlisted for the awards, which are the only international prizes exclusively for the growing field of data-driven journalism.

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Belogolova tours the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, which was ordered to close after the Fukushima nuclear accident. Some of her stories focused on shifts in Japan's energy policy since the nuclear meltdown. Courtesy of Olga Belogolova

Chris Benderev interviewing children at a school in Fukushima

Benderev interviews children at a school in Fukushima Prefecture. Benederev's stories explored the social impact of the disaster. Courtesy of Olga Belogolova