ICFJ Programs in Health/Science

  • Covering Road Safety in the Southeast Asia Region

    Meet the Fellows

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), road-traffic injuries account for approximately 316,000 death each year in the Southeast Asia Region. Globally, these deaths make up 25% of all road-traffic fatalities.

    Photo courtesy of Yann, Wikimedia Commons

    In partnership with WHO, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will organize a two-day workshop from Dec. 5 – 6, 2016, for journalists from the Southeast Asia region to improve their coverage of this public-health and -safety issue.

  • Covering Malaria Elimination in Africa: A Fellowship for U.S. Journalists

    In his final State of the Union address in January, President Barack Obama called on the world to end malaria. On Feb. 9, he released his FY17 budget proposal, which contained a $71 million increase for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), bringing the total to $745 million (and an additional $129M from redirected Ebola funds). He has also requested $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria –making the U.S. government a leader in fighting this preventable and treatable disease.

  • HIV Prevention Reporting Fellowship

    The world has made major progress on HIV, notably in sub-Saharan Africa, where the HIV burden is greatest. Increased access to lifesaving treatment and prevention options has led to a steady decline in AIDS-related deaths and HIV incidence. Efforts are underway to build on these gains and expand access to proven tools, including approaches that protect vulnerable populations by preventing new HIV infections.

  • Nigeria: Generating new health and development-focused data sources to improve storytelling

    ICFJ Knight Fellow Temi Adeoye, a digital project manager and technologist, leads projects to generate data sources and develop new reporting tools to improve digital storytelling in Nigeria.

    Adeoye’s projects include “Dodgy Doctors,” an interactive tool that allows citizens to check whether their doctor is licensed to practice medicine. It was developed for Nigeria in partnership with Sahara Reporters, West Africa’s largest news site.

  • Covering the Fight to Eradicate Malaria: A Fellowship for U.S. and Global Journalists

    Please note that the trip dates are now Nov. 1-7, 2015.

    Malaria kills roughly 584,000 people a year, predominantly children under the age of five, even though it's a treatable and preventable disease. Malaria is the deadliest and costliest disease in human history, and one of the few major global diseases that we can end in our lifetime.

    Many governments and foundations are spending millions of dollars to fight malaria, and the result has been historic progress against the disease.

  • Kenya: Driving citizen engagement through data-driven stories on health and development

    Award-winning journalist Catherine Gicheru is an ICFJ Knight Fellow who is working to transform media coverage of health and development issues by introducing new digital and data-focused tools at Kenyan newsrooms. The goal: to drive media coverage that helps citizens access better care and services and that gives them a voice in decisions about public policies and government spending.

    Gicheru has already achieved important results.

  • Coding for Latin America: Using new technology to improve lives

    Knight International Journalism Fellow Juan Manuel Casanueva is creating a citizen engagement lab in Mexico and Central America to support data-driven media projects.

  • Global Health Reporting Contest

    A mother holds her newborn child in a hospital in Odisha, one of India's poorest states.

    This program is no longer active. To apply for the 2015 Global Health Reporting Contest, click here.

    Journalists in Brazil, China, India and Russia won a trip to the United States and cash prizes as part of four regional competitions to recognize the best media coverage of maternal and child health.

  • Nigeria: Increasing Citizen Engagement With Health News

    Babatunde Akpeji is expanding his vibrant citizen journalist network in the Niger Delta.

    “Hala Nigeria: Many Voices, Better Lives,” an unprecedented project that brings together five Knight International Journalism Fellows to pool their expertise, will increase public engagement and amplify citizen voices in health news in Africa’s most populous country.

    The project, which means “Speak Out, Nigeria,” is using new digital tools to spur citizen engagement and promote data-driven reporting to take advantage of Nigeria’s new open data movement.

  • Story Contest for Best Coverage of Vaccines

    Journalists in Sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan and the Gulf States have a chance to win a trip to the United States or cash prizes as part of three regional competitions to recognize the best media coverage of vaccines and immunizations.

    A child is vaccinated against meningitis. Photo: Gates Foundation

    Stories published or broadcast in Sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan and the Gulf States between March 15 and May 15, 2013, which includes World Immunization Week (April 24-30), will qualify for the regional contests.

  • The Henry Luce Foundation Program to Promote Excellence in Global Coverage of Religion

    Continuing its efforts to improve coverage of religion around the world, ICFJ has launched a two-year program for American and international journalists who cover religious issues. By improving professional skills and increasing the dialogue around religion, ICFJ hopes to encourage journalists to engage the subject more openly and free of bias, and simultaneously more respectfully and critically. The program activities will include two online courses and international joint reporting projects,

    The program is designed to:

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  • Nigeria: Launch New Pan-African Health Journalists' Network

    Knight Health Journalism Fellow Declan Okpalaeke is an award-winning health and environmental journalist who is leading the launch of Africa's first Pan-African health journalists’ organization, the African Health Journalists Association. The new continent-wide organization offers training, resources, networking opportunities and assistance for cross-border reporting.

    In the first part of his fellowship, Okpalaeke launched a four-page, weekly health section at This Day, one of Nigeria’s most popular newspapers.

  • South Africa: Create Multimedia Health Coverage

    In South Africa, where AIDS and tuberculosis continue to cripple the population, Knight Health Journalism Fellow Brenda Wilson expanded multimedia health coverage at the country’s largest broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). She dramatically increased coverage of health from its network of provincial bureaus.

  • Nigeria: Create New Health Section at Daily Trust newspaper

    As a Knight Health Journalism Fellow, Sunday Dare created an eight-page weekly health section at Daily Trust, the most widely read newspaper in northern Nigeria.

    Working with a team of dedicated health reporters, he increased health coverage at the newspaper from an average of eight stories per month to 27, with in-depth and investigative stories on issues such as AIDS, cancer, cholera, polio, public health facilities, and Lassa fever, a fatal disease carried by rats.

  • Ethiopia: Launch the Country's First Health Journalists' Association

    Elsabet Samuel Tadesse is a Knight Health Journalism Fellow who has led the creation of Ethiopia's first health journalists' association, the Addis Ababa Health Journalists' Initiative. She also launched a half-hour health show called “Tenachin” (Our Health) on Ethiopia’s national television network. The show, which airs every two weeks on the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA), educates the public on key topics such as tuberculosis, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and health extension services.

  • Escucha! Taking Community Radio Digital in the Americas

    The International Center for Journalists aims to build stronger and better-informed communities of Latin American immigrants by creating a corps of community radio reporters and citizen journalists who will develop and share higher-quality multimedia programming across stations and borders.

  • Zambia: Ramp up Health Coverage to Save Lives

    Zarina Geloo launched the country’s first weekly health page in the Times of Zambia, the country’s largest daily newspaper. She trained a team of a dozen reporters to cover issues such as AIDS prevention, malaria, measles and cancer.

    A front-page story on a measles epidemic led to a government vaccination campaign targeting 1.6 million people. A series on typhoid cases from contaminated drinking water in the capital triggered a government investigation and a new water treatment program.

  • Seminar on Future Energy: Sustainable Energy for a Low-carbon World

    About the Conference

    The International Center for Journalists selected 13 participants to participate in a Seminar on Future Energy: Sustainable Energy for a Low-carbon World in Samsø Island, Denmark on December 11-13, 2009.

  • Early Childhood Development Conference in Senegal

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) administered a training focused on improving coverage on childhood development, the first of its kind. The Early Childhood Development (ECD) movement seeks to get more resources devoted to health and education of children in the critical early years from 0- 8.

  • Mozambique: Bring Rural Health Issues to National Attention

    Savana reporter Salane Muchanga (left), a trainee of Knight Fellow Sayagues, interviews a Maputo resident on health concerns.

    From her base at the weekly newspaper Savana in Maputo, Mozambique, Knight Health Journalism Fellow Mercedes Sayagues produced health coverage that transformed reporting at news organizations across the country.

  • Ghana: Tackle Poverty, Engage Citizens with a New Health Radio Show

    Knight Fellow Sylvia Vollenhoven is interviewed on Joy FM about her mission to improve coverage of poverty-related issues.

    Sylvia Vollenhoven created a weekly radio show that has transformed coverage of social issues and poverty in Ghana. On the popular “Hotline” show, Joy FM, the country’s top English language station, reporters have produced NPR-quality documentaries on topics ranging from the plight of illegal miners and the threat of erosion on fishing villages to the consequences of chronic flooding that kills dozens and leaves thousands homeless every year.

  • Tanzania: Put the Spotlight on Rural Development

    Joachim Buwembo helped to create Kilimo Kwanza (Agriculture First), now a financially vibrant weekly publication focusing on agriculture issues. The eight-page supplement is published in English and Kiswahili by the Guardian Newspapers, the country’s top independent newspaper group.

    Since it began, the supplement has featured more than 200 stories. Some reports led to new bank loans for farmers to buy imported tractors that lay idle as well as to increased government investment in dairy equipment and irrigation.

  • Zambia: Putting Health News in the Headlines

    Knight International is working to make health reporting a regular beat at one of Zambia's leading newspapers. Knight Fellow Antigone Barton helped to establish the first health desk at the Zambia Daily Mail, one of the country's most influential newspapers. Under her coaching and mentoring, the staff markedly increased the quality and quantity of health stories on topics such as HIV/AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, cholera and malaria. Barton’s fellowship ended in February 2010.

  • South Africa: Give Health News a Higher Profile

    Mia Malan launched the first weekly health program at Soweto TV, the largest community TV station in Africa, with more than 1 million viewers. She trained a team to produce high-quality feature reports for the show with a special focus on HIV/AIDS. The half-hour show features topics such as the use and abuse of antiretroviral drugs, male circumcision, attention-deficit disorder and organ transplants.

    In addition to the new half-hour weekly show, health stories on Soweto TV’s daily news reports have increased threefold as a result of Malan’s efforts.

  • Training Program on Health Journalism in Mexico

    Entrevista de la cadena de noticias CNN con la Dra. Toledo Palacios

    Está abierta la convocatoria para participar del taller de capacitación sobre cobertura periodística de temas de salud, el cual tendrá lugar en Puerto Vallarta, México, del 18 al 22 de Noviembre de 2008.

    El taller de capacitación para cubrir temas de salud pretende ofrecerles nuevas herramientas a los periodistas latinoamericanos que trabajan dentro de esta área e igualmente desea contribuir en la formación de aquellos profesionales de la prensa que puedan estar interesados en realizar esta tarea.