Writing/Editing

Dec 142011

Knight Fellow in Trauma-Torn Haiti Shares Lessons in Covering Disaster

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived in Baltimore last month to participate with eight other journalists as Dart’s Ochberg Fellows. I did anticipate, though, that the collective experience of discussing how we cover trauma and disaster was going to be heavy fodder, especially coming from 20-plus months of continuous, on-the-ground work as a Knight Fellow in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake.

Dec 92011

Journalists from Chattanooga and Chicago Honored for International Reporting

Two reporters have won awards, named for Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, for outstanding coverage of global stories with important local angles.

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.

Oct 42011

India's World Media Academy Students Master the Skills of Journalism Past, Present and Future

When I work with my class of 18 aspiring journalists at World Media Academy, Delhi, I am reminded that students are the heart of a school.

Oct 12011

Right To Information Act Gives Crime Reporter in Bangalore Big News, For A Change

H.M. Chaithanya Swamy is a crime reporter in Bangalore. The city is known for its booming outsourcing industry and not for its crime rate. Reporting on crime from the city can be quite tame, but that may be changing, thanks to the Right To Information, which recently made headlines there.

Aug 222011

A Health Section Debuts in Nigerian Newspaper

Fourteen weeks after I began my fellowship at the Daily Trust in Abuja, Nigeria, a new health section called Health Insight debuted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. The launch of the new section, which is one of the two major components of my fellowship, was made possible through the support of the Daily Trust senior editorial staff, but more importantly, the seven journalists on the new health team I am building.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Launch a Storytelling Challenge to Spur Innovative Coverage of Health and Development

Knight International Journalism Fellow Joseph Warungu led the launch of an Africa-wide storytelling contest to encourage better coverage of Africa’s growth, development, health and quality of life. The challenge sought in-depth features; data-driven journalism; and other entries that used innovative tools to engage the public or tell stories.

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 222011

Health Reporting in Nigeria is on the Rise, With a Long Way to Go

It’s been almost three months since I arrived here in Abuja to commence my Knight Fellowship and so much has happened with lots still lined up for the coming months and weeks. My decision to visit several newsrooms and some of my former colleagues who are now senior or managing editors -- seated often behind expensive and expansive mahogany desks -- gave me a good idea about where health journalism is headed in Nigeria.