ICFJ Programs in Political

  • 2017 First Hundred Days Reporting Program

    Since President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office, both U.S. and international journalists have been eager to report on his first days in the White House and his plans to deliver on his campaign promises. Trump's first few weeks were filled with executive orders, controversial confirmation hearings, and a focus on keeping jobs in the U.S.

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) with support from U.S. Embassy posts around the globe brought 12 international journalists to cover the first hundred days of Donald Trump’s administration for their U.S.

  • 2016 General Election Embed Program: Foreign journalists traveled to “battleground” states to report on the final days of the campaign

    Battle lines were drawn as Americans voted on Nov. 8, 2016, for their next commander in chief and state representatives to Congress. Journalists in the United States and abroad eagerly covered this groundbreaking transition of power.

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), with support from the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Press Centers and U.S. Embassy Posts, invited 23 global journalists to report on the 2016 U.S. elections in battleground states.

  • Back In The Newsroom Fellowship 2015

    The six 2015 Back in the Newsroom fellows at ICFJ's office.

    Building on the success of the 2014 program, ICFJ will host a new round of Back in the Newsroom Fellowships in 2015. In its first year, the program placed five journalism professors from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in cutting-edge newsrooms for the summer. This gave the fellows first-hand exposure to the latest thinking on content creation and delivery – information and skills they are using to revise their curricula and teaching methods to help students get internships and jobs.

  • Covering U.S. Midterm Elections: A Program for Burmese Journalists

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) selected 15 Burmese journalists to come to the United States during the 2014 mid-term elections. The program combined training, meetings and site visits with venues in Washington, D.C., as well as North Carolina and Louisiana. The mingling of training exercises and site visits in the nation’s capital and the opportunity to be on the front lines with their U.S.

  • Vietnam-U.S. Reporting Program: Marking Two Decades of U.S.-Vietnamese Relations

    Trung tâm báo chí quốc tế (ICFJ) đang tìm kiếm các ứng viên cho Chương trình Đưa tin Việt Nam - Hoa Kỳ. Chương trình này có một khóa học trực tuyến, tua tham quan học tập và tư vấn cá nhân để kỷ niệm 20 năm thiết lập quan hệ ngoại giao giữa Hoa Kỳ và Việt Nam.

    60 nhà báo Việt Nam đủ điều kiện sẽ được ICFJ lựa chọn để tham gia chương trình. Khóa học trực tuyến sẽ được tổ chức trong năm tuần, bắt đầu từ ngày 05 tháng Một năm 2015 và kết thúc vào ngày 06 tháng Hai năm 2015. Khóa học sẽ tập trung vào các vấn đề về song phương và toàn cầu.

  • 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.

  • Press Freedom and Access to Information: A News Corp Fellowship for Mexican Journalists

    ICFJ will bring five Mexican journalists to Washington, D.C. and the News Corp headquarters in New York. The selected journalists, News Corp Fellows, will spend a month in the United States, interning at The Wall Street Journal and learning about freedom of the press and working in an American newsroom.

    Videographers, newsroom editors, bloggers, graphic reporters and journalists from all areas of expertise are welcome to apply.

    To complement the four week program at The Wall Street Journal, ICFJ will design an orientation program in Washington, D.C.

  • Pakistan: Driving citizen engagement and collaboration on open data

    Knight International Journalism Fellow Rahma Muhammad Mian launched a series of flagship projects to spark data journalism and citizen engagement through open data in Pakistan. To foster a community of collaboration among journalists and technologists, she launched Hacks/Hackers Pakistan. She also held key events to kickstart data-driven projects, including Pakistan’s first data bootcamp in collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Journalism and Code for Africa.

  • Chile: Expand Poderopedia, a Site Linking Business and Politics, Across the Region

    Knight International Journalism Fellow Miguel Paz is speeding the development and use of the Knight News Challenge-winning platform Poderopedia, which reveals links among business and political leaders. He is bringing Poderopedia to Venezuela and to other nations, creating a cross-border community that uses the platform. He is introducing customized versions of Poderopedia in newsrooms and civic media projects.

  • Beyond the Capitals: Exposing Regional U.K. Journalists to Politics Outside of Washington

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has partnered with the U.S. Embassy London Public Affairs Office (PAO) to bring seven journalists from regional outlets in the United Kingdom to the United States to cover politics with an emphasis on the presidential inauguration, set for Monday, January 21. The program will offer the journalists a rare opportunity to travel to various U.S. states and learn about the impact of presidential politics on ordinary Americans “beyond the Beltway.”

  • Beyond the Border: Covering the Immigration Phenomenon through Digital Media

    The Scripps Howard Immigration reporting training program brings together journalists from the U.S. Spanish and English-language media for a week-long training on how to cover immigration issues using multimedia tools.

    ICFJ is currently seeking applicants for the 2012 Scripps immigration reporting program. The program is scheduled to take place Sunday July 15, 2012 through Sunday July 22, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

    The application deadline is Monday May 28, 2012.

    The 2012 program will have a special focus on the U.S. 2012 presidential election and immigration.

  • 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:

    • Improve U.S.
  • Liberia: Create Commercially Viable Radio Stations Using New Marketing Strategies

    Luisa Handem Piette is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who coached management at four independent newspapers and three radio stations in Liberia to become profitable. She started the Media and Business Sustainability Exchange (MBS), a monthly meeting that brings together Liberian media managers and other members of the business community, including the Liberia Chamber of Commerce. The goal: to help the news media attract clients and educate businesses on the value of buying ads in a country where most advertising still comes from the government and NGOs.

  • Colombia: Use Crowd Sourcing Technology to Track Crime and Corruption

    Knight International Journalism Fellow Ronnie Lovler helped El Tiempo, Colombia’s largest newspaper, develop a website that uses citizen reports to map crime in the capital city of Bogota. Modeled after a similar Fellowship project in Panama, citizens and citizen journalists post information on the map. Lovler trained El Tiempo journalists to use the map to identify trends and produce investigative stories about crime and violence.

  • Peru: Create the First Broadcast Training Center

    Hena Cuevas trained broadcast news reporters and producers in Peru to improve the quality of news reports and increase local news in national coverage. Her partner, the National Association of Local Television Channels (Red TV), is Peru’s largest network of local TV stations, an alliance of 40 independent channels that reaches more than a third of Peru’s TV viewers. She has created a two-person training team that is working with Red TV’s affiliates to improve everything from reporting standards to camera work.

  • Reporting Across Cultures: Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age

    Journalists from across the Arab world, North America, Europe, Pakistan and Indonesia participated in an online training course entitled “Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age.” Select participants were chosen to participate in a conference in Alexandria, Egypt in February 2010 that focused on freedom of expression and reporting on Muslim-West relations.

  • India: Make Government Data More Accessible to Journalists

    Kannaiah Venkatesh's new association, Journalists for eGovernance and Transparency, helps reporters and freedom-of-information activists use the 2005 Right to Information (RTI) Act to produce investigative stories. The association protects the identity of journalists and activists seeking information by submitting RTI requests on their behalf, critically important in the region.

  • The Election 2008 Visiting Journalists Program

    Readers and listeners all over the world enjoyed special insight into the U.S. presidential election as a result of the Elections 2008 Visiting Journalists Program, which brought 48 journalists from 46 countries to cover the historic campaign and vote.

  • Ghana: Promoting Free and Fair Election Coverage

    Knight International enabled journalists in Ghana to generate balanced reports on their country's 2008 presidential election. Knight Fellow Alison Bethel produced a first-of-its-kind election handbook that journalists used to focus on important issues and avoid stories that fuel partisan strife. The handbook was widely distributed to journalists throughout the capital.

  • Liberia: Bolstering Coverage of the Courts in Post-Conflict Era

    Marquita Smith is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who helped launch the Judicial Reporters Network in Liberia. Smith formed this association and trained its members to cover the country’s fledgling legal system. Inspired by Smith, Ora Garway, a journalist in the association, launched a newspaper called The Punch that focuses on legal reporting. Garway was the country’s first woman managing editor. Smith returned to Liberia in June 2010 to help Garway develop a business plan for the new newspaper and create a website featuring coverage of the justice system.

  • Guinea: Helping Journalists Hold Officials Accountable

    In a country where a stable government is slowly starting to emerge after years of conflict, Knight International worked with radio journalists to monitor political leaders. Knight Fellow Vianney Missumbi also helped improve election coverage, despite repeated postponements of the vote. He revived a journalism association and enabled reporters to break stories that are prompting local officials to address important issues.

  • Hands Across the Water: An Opportunity for U.K. Journalists to Report on the U.S. Presidential Election and Political System

    “Hands Across the Water: An Opportunity for U.K. Journalists to Report on the U.S. Presidential Election and Political System” is a reporting tour for ten journalists selected from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The project will take place in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia; Richmond, VA, and Detroit, MI.

    British journalists in Washington, D.C., to cover the 2012 Presidential Election.

    The participants will have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the U.S. electoral process, current issues and candidates through meetings, site visits and public and political events as well as reporting opportunities.

  • Back In The Newsroom Fellowship 2014

    The Back In the Newsroom Fellowship will help journalism educators see firsthand the new skills needed for students to succeed in today’s newsrooms.

    Back In The Newsroom is a fellowship program that brings five professors from historically black colleges and universities to spend a summer working in digitally advanced U.S. news organizations. This “internship” will help journalism educators see firsthand the new skills needed for students to succeed in today’s newsrooms.

    The fellows will update their digital skills, develop cutting-edge curricula and strengthen relations between these newsrooms and their schools. The program will help improve diversity at leading U.S.