• Feb 32016

    Personal Finance course participants publish articles, win awards

    By Isabel Morales

    A total of nearly 30 minority journalists took part in two personal finance courses online this spring and summer, using the training format that the International Center for Journalists sees as increasingly popular and useful among working media.

    The journalists, all working at American media outlets, participated in the English and Spanish-language courses designed to advance the financial reporting in minority media. In six weeks of instruction and six weeks of mentorship, they tackled personal finance topics that included: credit, lending, consumer fraud, housing and mortgages, retirement planning, and investing.

  • Feb 32016

    ‘Concerned journalists' ready to break new ground to improve quality in Turkish media

    By Yonca Poyraz Doğan

    Sherry Ricchiardi talks about codes of ethic. Photo credit: Frank S. Folwell.

    Everything started with an announcement from the newly established İstanbul-based Media Association (Medya Derneği), which said in June of last year that together with the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) they would offer an online media ethics course with the aim of encouraging journalists to take the principles they learn back with them to their respective institutions.

  • Feb 32016

    ICFJ Anywhere courses bring the latest to online consultant

    By H.J. Cummins

    Crediting his ICFJ Anywhere trainings for bringing a new level of professionalism to his work, Algerian journalism consultant Nassim Lakehal is creating hefty websites with the latest in online writing styles as well as multimedia and interactive features.

    Among his most recent successes are the redesigned website for Al-Yaum, one of the most popular newspapers in Saudi Arabia today, and Gate of the Algerian press, a groundbreaking site dedicated to commentary on Arab media.

  • Feb 22016

    ICFJ Anywhere trainings help journalist launch smart-money website for Hispanics

    “I have been reporting and editing since 1998, and I see over and over that one of the things that empowers people is knowledge and accurate information about how the American ‘system’ works,” said Carrera, a native of Ecuador. “U.S. Hispanics need good, sound, independent information.” Carrera saw some of this need as editor of Mercado de Dinero USA, starting in June 2007. The monthly, Spanish-language publication focuses on consumer and economics news.

  • Feb 22016

    New opportunities follow ICFJ Anywhere course for religion writer

    Menachem Wecker was already a busy freelancer when he took the ICFJ Anywhere course, International Coverage of Religion, in the spring of 2009. So he was solid on the basics of his chosen specialty. But religion is a big and complicated topic, and Wecker wondered what he didn’t know. The course filled some gaps for him – with discussions ranging from jihad to enforced moralities to covering minority religions. Now he is busier than ever, writing for newspapers, religion publications, and a blog on art and religion.

  • Feb 22016

    Syrian journalist, an ICFJ Anywhere veteran, creates magazine

    By H.J. Cummins

    Starting a magazine is an ambitious project at any time. But, as chance would have it, Syrian journalist Nahed Al Ali launched hers in the midst of the “Arab Spring.”

  • Feb 22016

    Airing the economic harm of sexual harassment, Egypt journalist honored

    Five Mideast journalists win latest round of “Digital Gateway” program

    By Daniel Lynx Bernard

    The International Center for Journalists has honored five journalists from the Middle East and North Africa for excellence in using digital technology for public-service journalism. The honorees under the program “Building a Digital Gateway to Better Lives” used multimedia on the web to examine sexual harassment in Egypt, illegal drugs in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, the sterilization of mentally disabled girls in Jordan, and the growing water crisis in Yemen.

  • Jan 282016

    Experts Warn of Deteriorating Media Conditions in Central and Southeast Europe

    Despite high hopes for independent media after the Iron Curtain fell a quarter-century ago, the media environment has deteriorated in recent years throughout Central and Eastern Europe, according to a panel of experts who gathered in Washington this month.

  • Jan 192016

    Story Contest to Boost Investigative Journalism in Africa

    Code for Africa and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) have launched a half-million dollar story contest to support data-driven investigative reporting that sheds light on neglected or under-reported development topics in Africa.

    The impactAFRICA initiative will support ground-breaking data journalism that tackles development issues such as public healthcare and leads to improvements in the lives and well-being of Africans.

  • Jan 152016

    Journalism Program Holds Fourth Alumni Reunion at Bloomberg News’ Beijing Bureau

    About 60 graduates of the Global Business Journalism program joined students and faculty for the fourth annual GBJ alumni reunion on Jan. 8.

    The reunion, held at Bloomberg News' Beijing bureau, was a celebration of the ninth class of students attending the prestigious international program at the Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communications.

    John Liu, Bloomberg’s Managing Editor for China, welcomed the alumni and called the program beneficial both to Tsinghua and the respected global news agency, which has hired several GBJ graduates in recent years.