Covering Road Safety

A Fellowship at the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia

Meet the 2015 Fellows here.

Our roads are killing us. More than 1.24 million people die and between 20 and 50 million are injured each year in traffic-related incidents.

To help improve coverage of this global public health crisis, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) named 25 journalists as Road Safety Journalism Fellows. The Fellows, representing 25 countries, attended the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety hosted by the government of Brazil and co-sponsored by WHO. The conference, held in November in Brasilia, Brazil, aimed to share knowledge and spur action on what works to prevent traffic-related fatalities and injuries and improve safety on the roads for all who use them.

Photo courtesy of the Chennai Sustainable Transportation Network

The Road Safety Reporting Fellows:
• Argentina: Kamilia Lahrichi, Freelance Producer, Foreign Correspondent
• Bangladesh: Md Abul Kalam Azad, The Daily Star
• Cambodia: Vay Vattey, Kampuchea Thmey Daily
• Cameroon: Anu Nkeze Paul, The Star
• China: Han Zhao, Caixin Media
• Cote d’Ivoire: Selay Marius Kouassi, Abidjan Live News
• Egypt: Nourhan Magdi, The Cairo Post
• El Salvador: Ricardo Gonzalez, Telecorporación Salvadoreña
• Ghana: Nelson Nyadror, Makenba Broadcasting Company (Diamond FM)
• India: Dipak Dash, The Times of India
• Jordan: Rabi Alhmamasah, Jordan Radio & Television Corporation
• Kenya: Beatrice Obwocha, Nation Media Group
• Macedonia: Aleksandra Radevska,
• Nepal: Surendra Phuyal, BBC World Service
• Nicaragua: Mirna Blanca Zapata Pereira, Channel 6
• Nigeria: Adebayo Mojeed Alabi, New Telegraph Newspaper
• Pakistan: Syed Ali Raza, The News International, Lahore
• Philippines: Nestor Corrales Jr., INQUIRER Interactive Inc.
• Russia: Anvar Aslyamov, State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Bashkortostan
• Senegal: Jean Mathew Tamba, Daily Nation Group
• South Africa: Kamcilla Pillay, The Mercury
• Thailand: Rungthip Chotnapalai, Thai TV Channel 3
• Ukraine: Andrii Bystrov, Television channel Ukraine
• United States: Robert Chaney, Missoulian Newspaper
• Vietnam: Mi Hoang, Science and Technology Information Magazine

With WHO’s support, the program covered all Fellowship-related costs including travel to the conference, accommodations and registration.

On Nov. 17, 2015, in a day-long session before the conference began, the Road Safety Fellows focused on improving and enhancing stories on road safety they proposed as part of their applications. During the workshop, the Fellows learned to use data to demonstrate how road safety affects communities on many levels. They also were introduced to new digital tools to help them find and scrape data from various sources. And they learned to engage audiences using visualizations such as interactive graphics and social media.

The Fellows also were registered to attend the conference. They had full access to two days of high-level discussions and interaction with the 1,500 experts and organizations attending from around the world. By the end of the conference, each Fellow had a new list of sources and an action plan to ensure the full development of their proposed stories. They also gained a fuller understanding and awareness of this under-reported and often misinterpreted topic. In addition to reporting on their proposed stories, the Fellows covered news generated during the conference for their media outlets, including emerging road-safety issues on a national and global level.

Useful links:
Conference home page: 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety
World Health Organization resources on road traffic injuries
World Health Organization guide: Reporting on Road Safety

For more information, please contact ICFJ's Dina Tariq,

We are no longer accepting applications for this fellowship.