In October, ICFJ dispatched 50 international journalists to battleground states to cover the final stretch of the U.S. presidential campaign. They filed hundreds of print, web radio and TV reports, vastly increasing understanding around the world of the election.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York sponsored the The Faith in Media Conference, held Dec. 14-16 in Istanbul. It was focused on improving how journalists in the United States and in predominantly Muslim countries cover Islam in particular and religion in general. The conference included 20 reporters, producers and editors from 10 countries.
When the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) sent longtime journalist Arul Louis to boost reporting on climate change in India, he knew he faced a challenge. In the media of India, one of the developing world’s biggest and fastest growing economies, the topic of climate change has rarely bubbled to the surface.
The occasion was historic, the scene was big and players were dynamic. That’s what is imprinted in my mind after covering the elections for 44th President of the United States of America during my recent visit to the United States under the joint auspices of State Department and International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).
Eminent New York Times foreign correspondent, John F. Burns, who on Wednesday received ICFJ's 2008 Founders Award, spoke of his deep and abiding respect for America, a country that uses its military and political might “mainly for good.”
The 2008 US election was indeed a momentous occasion. The moment it was announced that Democratic contender in the election campaign Senator Barack Obama was the new President of the United States, I was reminded about my country’s Independence 18 years ago.
Writing about my experience of participating in this year’s U.S. elections as a journalist has been one of the hardest assignments to undertake. Not that it is hard in itself but because almost everything -- the confirmation that I would myself be this close to the campaigns, the elections, watching the politicians and media coverage, etc.
Cynthia Baigts, an ICFJ participant in a July training program on health journalism in Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico, put into practice lessons learned at this workshop with a cutting article revealing disturbing health trends in Mexico.