A survey conducted by Knight International Journalism Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra shows that Mexican journalists and bloggers are at great risk of cyber-espionage, email-account hacking and other serious digital threats. The highly sensitive nature of most of the topics they cover (such as crime, corruption, violence and human rights issues) make them even more vulnerable.
During her year-long partnership at La Nación, one of the most important newspapers in Argentina, Knight International Journalism Fellow Sandra Crucianelli helped take data journalism to the next level. In a country that lacks open data and easy access to public information, she assembled a flexible team at the paper that combined best journalism practices with data visualization and savvy marketing techniques to tell better stories.
Knight International Journalism Fellow Gustavo Faleiros is tapping ordinary, environmentally concerned citizens in the Amazon region to help contribute data and information to InfoAmazonia, his digital mapping project that tracks deforestation. Faleiros says "citizen science" movements like this one can be a powerful force for connecting communities, for telling stories about the environment and health, and for helping explain the problems and issues to policymakers.
Media coverage of health issues can break down barriers to better information about health, resulting in improved services and care. During her Knight International Journalism Fellowship, Zarina Geloo trained journalists to produce higher-quality stories and launched a health segment in the Times of Zambia.
In November, Gustavo Falerios moderated a panel about sustainable development and transparency at the International Anti-Corruption Conference. As a Knight International Journalism Fellow, he helps journalists use data to improve environmental reporting in Brazil. Read Faleiros' take on the role transparency and corruption play in environmental sustainability here.
Data that include location information or geodata are valuable but underutilized resources for journalists, says Knight Fellow Gustavo Faleiros. He says newsrooms should take advantage of the increased availability of searchable data to find patterns and to add context to stories.
Bisnow, a leading D.C. media company that produces online newsletters for local business communities, spotlights ICFJ's annual Awards Dinner in the Nov. 6th edition of its Association and Nonprofit newsletter.