ICFJ Programs in All Topics

  • Disaster Coverage Program for Hispanic Journalists

    How well prepared are journalists from the U.S. Hispanic media and the media organizations of Latin America, which typically have far fewer resources, to provide ample coverage? How much less prepared are the people whom these journalists serve when they confront disaster? How well prepared are the journalists themselves, who are after all among the ranks of “first responders” at the scene of any disaster?

    To provide answers to these questions, ICFJ developed an 8-day training program for 14 U.S.

  • Persian: Business and Economic Reporting Modules

    ICFJ developed four training modules on business and economic reporting in Persian via IJNet. These self-study courses engaged participants in interactive learning activities at their own convenience. The first module, "An Introduction to Business Reporting and Writing" was launched in May 2008. ICFJ also launched a second online business and economic reporting courses in Persian.

  • Online Video for Citizen Journalists in Malaysia

    The Online Video for Citizen Journalists in Malaysia program is a three month-intensive training for citizen journalists. Throughout the course, journalists produced and disseminated online news videos about Malaysia’s several religious and ethnic communities through the prism of human rights, religious and ethnic tolerance issues.

  • 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.

  • Pakistan: Upgrading the Quality of Broadcast News (2009)

    In a country where independent television is proliferating, Knight International worked with broadcast journalists at a leading network to make their reports more timely and compelling. By adding more stories from the field and reducing reliance on single sources, Fellow Adnan Adil Zaidi revitalized the newsroom at ARY OneWorld, now renamed ARY News.

  • Crisis Reporting: Deeper, Broader, Better

    ICFJ administered a five-week Arabic online course on crisis reporting. The course, which took place April 15 to May 20, 2008, explored various topics, including natural disasters, humanitarian interventions and health crises.

  • Covering Community Forest Management

    A workshop for Mexican Journalists

    Oaxaca, Mexico, April 3-6, 2008

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) held a workshop on covering community forestry and forest conservation. Applications were welcomed from Mexican journalists who wished to sharpen their skills for reporting on communal forest management. Approximately 80 percent of Mexico’s forests are managed by communities, mostly called “ejidos.” Researcher David Bray has described these as potentially global models for sustainable management of tropical forest lands.

  • Iran 360˚ Conference: Exploring Politics, Economics and Society in a Global Hot Spot

    A two-day conference was held in the Airlie Conference Center in Virginia for more than 20 invited American journalists from print, radio, television and online media throughout the country. Iran experts were invited to share their views via panel discussions, speeches and Q&A sessions. The conference was divided into three modules - social, economic, and political.

  • Uganda: Setting a New Standard for Health Journalism in Africa

    Knight International has made huge inroads in health coverage in Uganda. In 2.5 years, Knight Fellow Christopher Conte developed a vibrant community of journalists who now have the expertise to tackle tough health issues including the AIDS epidemic and health-care spending.

  • India: Cultivating Greener Coverage

    In India, Knight International worked with TERI, one of the world's premier environmental research organizations, to raise the level of environmental reporting in a country seriously affected by global warming. Along with TERI, Knight Fellow Arul Louis held a summit on the environment for top editors and convinced many to expand coverage.

  • Azerbaijan: Cultivating Multimedia Journalists in Provinces

    In Azerbaijan, Knight International developed a corps of multimedia journalists in the provinces who now provide news stories to independent media in the capital. Knight Fellow Eric Schwartz improved the digital skills of these journalists and helped them expand coverage of local issues in leading news outlets.

  • Egypt: Mentoring Investigative Journalists

    Knight International has paired veteran Arabic-speaking journalists to mentor young colleagues in investigative journalism. Ten seasoned news professionals coached the junior reporters as they developed stories on everything from Egypt's Jewish communities to food safety to medical waste. Knight Fellow Roderick Craig started the program.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Visited Amman, Jordan, for hands-on training and to create networks with counterparts there.
    • Best stories received awards.
    • Linked Egyptian investigative journalists with journalists and media organizations in the region.
  • 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.

  • Indonesia: Expand Environmental Coverage

    Knight International worked with newspapers and radio stations to create weekly environmental reports in Indonesia, a country facing deforestation, over-fishing, mining and pollution.

  • The Tsinghua Global Business Journalism Program (GBJ)

    Students selected for the Global Business Journalism Program (GBJ) learn how to cover global economics, financial markets and companies, with a spotlight on the China experience. All courses in the master's degree program are taught in English by renowned scholars and top foreign correspondents and journalists. Special attention is given to comparative studies of Chinese and Western stocks, bonds, currencies and government policies. Courses emphasize practical, hands-on training.

  • Building Awareness of Conservation in the Caucasus

    Sponsored by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, this program was designed to boost the capacity and motivation of journalists in the Caucasus region to report on conservation of biological diversity. The program was tailored to address the key issues facing each country, such as better management of protected areas, increasing the number and size of protected areas, controls on damaging activities, and other conservation issues of public interest.

  • East Timor: Delivering Radio and Television News to Isolated Communities

    In East Timor, Knight International helped radio journalists provide for the first time an independent, national weekly newscast to listeners in all 13 districts of the country. Knight Fellow Maria-Gabriela Carrascalão Heard, East Timor’s first woman journalist, trained news teams in each district to produce weekly segments. She created the first university-level journalism program in the capital as well as the first student radio station.

  • Kenya: Boosting Business Reporting, Tanzania: Boosting Rural Coverage

    In Tanzania, Knight International played an advisory role in the creation of the Tanzania Media Fund, an organization that trains journalists and funds reporting projects around the country. Knight Fellow Karen Rothmyer also worked with HakiElimu, a local non-profit group that was a model for the Fund. These projects have enabled urban reporters to cover the countryside in ways never done before.

    Rothmyer also worked in Kenya with a start-up: the independent newspaper The Nairobi Star.

  • Lebanon: New TV Programs Focus on Social Problems in Middle East

    Working with teams of broadcast journalists from major news networks in Jordan and Lebanon, Knight International created "Arab House," a series of news documentaries. The shows focused on social issues such as access to clean water and good health care. Knight Fellow Mariam Sami helped these journalists identify compelling topics and produce in-depth reports that were widely broadcast.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Four half-hour documentaries on the arts, education, health and the environment aired on local and satellite TV around the world.
  • Guatemala: Pioneering a Digital Radio Network

    Knight International helped radio stations serving indigenous rural communities in Guatemala to build NoticiasdemiGente.com, a Web site for sharing content. Led by Knight Fellow Maria Martin, rural radio reporters now can upload stories and disseminate them across the country.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Raised the quality of local news reports produced by rural journalists.
    • Linked the radio stations via a digital platform, expanding the menu of programs reaching rural communities.
  • Syria: New Online Network for Young Journalists

    In the Middle East, bloggers and digital journalists are covering stories and sparking debates on topics avoided by mainstream media. Knight International created an online networking site in Syria that enables young reporters to share resources, experiences. Called Tawasul – Arabic for "connecting" – the network features multimedia stories, including photography, cartoons and animation, on social issues. Their stories focus on social issues such as maternal and child health, gender equality and religious tolerance.

  • Rwanda: From Hate Radio to Responsible Reporting

    In a country where radio helped incite genocide, Knight International helped produce balanced broadcasts on the recovering nation. Knight Fellow Sputnik Kilambi improved newscasts in French and Kinyarwandan and launched the first news programs in English at the country's first privatized independent radio station, Contact FM.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Launched English-language news service that is used by government leaders and is attracting new sponsors.

    • Raised the station's profile: Before the U.S.

  • Mexico: Improved Access to Information for Investigative Broadcast Journalists

    Susana Seijas helped journalists to use Mexico’s access to information law to improve the quality and increase the quantity of investigative and in-depth reports produced for the country's largest TV network and its website.

    At her suggestion, the partner organization Televisa revamped a one-hour weekly news show called Reporteros, which showcased the work of the investigative team. As a result of a Televisa series on prison corruption, the Mexican Human Rights Commission issued recommendations to all prisons to combat the problem.

  • Covering Immigration: Establishing Links Between U.S. and Latin American Media

    This training program on coverage of immigration brought together journalists from U.S. community-based Spanish- and English-language media and Latin American media for a hands-on training workshop on covering immigration issues, followed by several days of reporting on the issue under the guidance of experienced trainers. It took place in Washington, D.C., April 16-24.