Social Issues

Nov 102011

Occupy D.C. Protesters Hold Mock Committee Hearing

Mussadaq is currently a guest reporter at the McClatchy Washington Bureau as part of the U.S. - Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism. This story appeared on McClatchy's website.

WASHINGTON — Sitting under the open air on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, Occupy D.C. protesters held a mock hearing on how to create a fair economy for most Americans — a contrast, protesters said, to Capitol Hill hearings that they said work to enrich the nation’s top 1 percent of earners.

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.

هذا هو الجزء الثالث والأخير من اجتماع مدير برنامج المركز الدولي للصحفيين في القاهرة، السيد/يحيى غانم، بمرشّح الانتخابات الرئاسية القادمة، الدكتور/عبدالله الأشعل. الاجتماع هو جزء من برنامج المركز الدولي للصحفيين في مصرالذي سيعقد خمس اجتماعات في القاهرة على مدى الـ 15 شهراً المقبلة لإعطاء الفرصة للجمهور لإيصال أصواتهم إلى الطبقة الحاكمة. سيساعد المركز الصحفيين والمشاركين في برنامجه على وضع الموظفين العموميين سواء أكانوا من المرشحين في الحملة الانتخابية، أم تم انتخابهم بالفعل، أو تم تعيينهم، في متناول الجمهور للتعريف بخدماتهم.

Oct 32011

News Story Shows New Power that Comes From Social Media in India

A high profile business magazine in India profiles the changing balance of power brought on by social media in India... and includes the work of Knight Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary as one of the mechanisms of change. The story highlights the power of citizen journalists to effect change, even in isolated communities.

Sep 282011

Mobile News Service Empowers India’s Most Isolated Citizens

In the remote regions of India, demand is growing for access to Shu Choudhary’s cell phone network -- which allows citizens to send and receive news reports in their own language for the very first time.

In India, journalists will be able to have unprecedented resources aimed to improve environmental coverage. Along with Knight Fellow Arul Louis, the New Delhi-based Indo-Asian News Service has developed and launched a post-graduate-level professional school for journalists that focuses on coverage of issues related to poverty and development; and training underprivileged populations to develop community oriented news coverage.

Lebanon: New TV Programs Focus on Social Problems in Middle East

Working with teams of broadcast journalists from major news networks in Jordan and Lebanon, Knight International created "Arab House," a series of news documentaries. The shows focused on social issues such as access to clean water and good health care. Knight Fellow Mariam Sami helped these journalists identify compelling topics and produce in-depth reports that were widely broadcast.


  • Four half-hour documentaries on the arts, education, health and the environment aired on local and satellite TV around the world.

Radio is the most popular source of news in post-conflict Liberia, but stations are struggling. Knight Fellow Luisa Handem Piette is developing business models that will lead to profitability.

Knight Fellow Meredith Beal is working with the African Media Initiative, the only group of media owners on the continent, to find new revenue streams.

Sep 142011

Violent Charge Against Peacekeepers in Haiti Strengthens Calls for Departure

When the video of a group of Uruguayan UN peacekeepers abusing an 18-year old boy Haiti first appeared on YouTube, I was woefully unsurprised. Back in 1998, I covered a similar story, only that time it was Pakistani peacekeepers.

That story stayed local, but the fact that this story was taped by the UN soldiers themselves and found its way on the Internet has catapulted it internationally. A more palatable version showing the troops holding down the young Haitian amidst raucous laughter appeared on ABC’s website. In Europe, the incident was touted as the Abu Ghrab of Haiti.