Sep 62011

Investigative Reports Take Root in the Seaside Haitian Town of Miragoane

The investigative journalism training last weekend in Miragoane coincided with the town’s “fête patrimonial.” Still, it didn’t curb my enthusiasm for the training. Most of the nearly two dozen part-time journalists who participated are ‘correspondents’ for radio stations which are based in Port-au-Prince, some two hours away from this coastal town.

Knight Felllow Brenda Wilson is launching multimedia health programs in Johannesburg, South Africa, reaching a young, tech-savvy population that is particularly vulnerable to illness.

South Africa: Create Multimedia Health Coverage

In South Africa, where AIDS and tuberculosis continue to cripple the population, Knight Health Journalism Fellow Brenda Wilson expanded multimedia health coverage at the country’s largest broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). She dramatically increased coverage of health from its network of provincial bureaus.

Capacity Development of Media Institutions Leaders in Yemen

ICFJ provided hands-on training and mentoring to Yemeni media managers in order to give them the knowledge and skills to run their newsrooms as professionally and effectively as possible. The program structure included three phases: a two-week media management course, three months of online mentoring, and a two-week in-person follow up consultancy.

Jul 182011

The First-Ever Mental Health Training for Journalists in Ethiopia

Ferew Abebe is an Editor-In-Chief with Sendek, a weekly Amharic newspaper. He’s been covering health for years, but not mental health. He says mental health isn’t a readable topic, since it doesn’t affect the majority of the public. But data from the World Health Organization shows 15-percent of the adults here and 11-percent of children have mental disorders.

Jul 122011

Top Journalists Help Identify Challenges with Health Reporting in Developing Countries

When I was invited in June to take part in an international discussion about health issues for senior-level women journalists from developing African countries, I jumped at the chance. I was eager to hear from participants about the challenges they have faced as health editors, reporters and producers for influential media organizations.

Trainer Xavier Serbia sits down with Jorge Gestoso to discuss the significance of personal finance knowledge within the Hispanic and ethnic communities. Serbia expresses not only how imperative it is for these communities to become educated on the subject, but also expresses how the need for training journalists to report these stories is even more important. He states how beneficial and innovative personal finance courses (in English and Spanish) conducted by the International Center for Journalists, in conjunction with McGraw-Hill, have been to these communities.

Unilever Journalism Exchange Program for Journalists from Ghana

Samuel Kwaku Agyemang of Metropolitan Television (Metro TV) in Accra participated in the 2011 Unilever Journalism Exchange Program for journalists from Ghana. Agyemang was named the Best Journalist of the Year in Ghana in 2009.

Public Service Journalism for Arabic-speaking Journalists

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) held a six-week online course in Arabic on using digital tools in public service journalism and investigative techniques. The online course was the first part of a program that brought together journalists, citizen journalists and civil society actors from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen. The six-week online course guided 60 participants from the above mentioned countries to work on ideas for multimedia public service journalism projects.

Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship Program for Minority Journalists

The Bringing Home the World Fellowship helps U.S.-based minority journalists cover compelling yet under-reported international stories, increasing the diversity of voices in global news. The program helps level the playing field and redress the inequality minority journalists often face by giving them the opportunity to report from overseas and advance their careers.

In previous years, fellows have produced 179 stories, enriching their communities with new perspectives on global issues.