ICFJ’s Butler Cited in Latest CIMA Report

Aug 152014

A report released this month by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) touts the recent technological advancements of programs run by ICFJ and other global journalism organizations.

ICFJ’s Vice President of Programs Patrick Butler is cited in CIMA’s report, titled “Journalism Training in the Digital Era: Views From the Field.” The report, produced by veteran journalist and media trainer Bill Ristow, looks into the evolution of media training internationally and the emphasis that several organizations put on digital projects.

The report mentions ICFJ’s Knight International Journalism Fellowships and how they shifted from purely a journalism training program to tech-driven, entrepreneurial projects.

While many past Knight Fellows focused strongly on training other journalists during their fellowship projects, Butler says that is changing. The work being done by Knight International Journalism Fellows today focuses heavily on technology.

Now, fellows develop cutting-edge tools and new technology for newsrooms, and “the people who... lead these projects are very entrepreneurial,” Butler said.

For the first time in ICFJ’s history, the Knight Fellows’ projects slated for 2014 to 2015 “are all digital,” Butler said. Each of the current fellows’ pioneering initiatives explore “how the media is changing and how we can play a role.”

The Fellowships are designed to cultivate a culture of news innovation and experimentation around the world, and their purpose is to seed new ideas and services that deepen coverage, expand news delivery and engage citizens in the editorial process.

Butler explained that the current class of ICFJ Knight Fellows have a demonstrated history of raising funds and increasing public awareness of their initiatives. Because of this, these fellows make regular appearances around the globe, attract publicity for their work and are ultimately able to pull in additional funding and partners for their projects.

Click here to read the full CIMA report.

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