Premier Website for International Journalists Offers New Features and Chinese-language Service

Dec 82010

The International Journalists’ Network (IJNet.org) now offers a range of new services, including a Chinese-language channel. IJNet publishes in seven languages, including Arabic, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The redesigned site easily connects journalists with training opportunities, new resources and one another.

Among the new features:

Topics Center, where journalists can find information on everything from basic reporting to health journalism

Expert content from new partners such as the Poynter Institute, PBS MediaShift Idea Lab and Media Helping Media

Instructional videos in Arabic, English and Spanish

Community content provided by IJNet users, who can easily upload their own valuable resources

Specialized blogs written by IJNet editors

Discussion groups on hot topics

“We are taking IJNet to a new level,” said Joyce Barnathan, president of the International Center for Journalists, which established and runs IJNet. “We can now reach about half of the world’s population.”

“If the world is a global village, we can now say there is a training center for the village storytellers – and that’s a wonderful thing,” said Eric Newton, vice president of the journalism program, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which is a major funder of the International Center for Journalists.

IJNet will celebrate its relaunch with two Twitter chats. On Thursday, December 9, at 9:00 a.m. EST, IJNet staff will answer questions about the new site. On Wednesday, December 15, at 9:00 a.m. EST, IJNet’s popular digital media columnist, Amy Webb, will be IJNet’s chat guest. The hashtag for both events will be #ijnetchat.

IJNet also provides a weekly bulletin with the latest digital innovations, media resources and journalism awards. To sign up for the bulletin, go to www.ijnet.org/subscribe. For more information about IJNet, contact Jennifer Dorroh, IJNet Director, at jdorroh@icfj.org.

IJNet users come from more than 180 countries. Donors and media-development groups use IJNet to publicize their offerings. The site receives funding from a range of donors, including Knight Foundation.