Resources

  • Free and Fair: A Journalist's Guide to Improved Election Reporting in Ghana - English

    Alison Bethel, the Knight International Journalism Fellow in Ghana, has published “Free & Fair: A Journalist’s Guide to Improved Election Reporting in Ghana.” The guide is designed to give journalists in emerging democracies a deeper understanding of media’s role in elections and the need for impartial coverage.

  • Journalism and Trauma - Spanish

    Covering tragedy and human suffering is at the heart of what journalists do. This manual provides a starting point for news organizations seeking to deal more efficiently with journalism and traumatic stress.

  • Journalism and Trauma - English

    Covering tragedy and human suffering is at the heart of what journalists do. This manual provides a starting point for news organizations seeking to deal more efficiently with journalism and traumatic stress.

  • Bolivia Radio Reporting - Spanish

    La radio es instantaneidad, rapidez, simultaneidad e inmediatez. A diferencia de la prensa escrita o la televisión, la radio sólo cuenta con la palabra y los efectos sonoros para hacerle llegar a la audiencia un mensaje que se entienda. Los oyentes no pueden releer nuestra historia ni completarla con imágenes visuales: sólo tienen una oportunidad de escucharla. Por tanto, deben entender inmediatamente las noticias que estamos transmitiendo.

  • Fighting Words: How Arab and American Journalists Can Break Through to Better Coverage - English

    This manual is an outgrowth of a 2005 conference of two dozen Arab and American journalists who gathered to talk about how they cover each other's worlds, with the goal of improving coverage on both sides. Topics included the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stereotyping, religion, patriotism, loaded words, pressure from government and business, and the barriers journalists face to good coverage.

  • Fighting Words: How Arab and American Journalists Can Break Through to Better Coverage - Arabic

    This manual is an outgrowth of a 2005 conference of two dozen Arab and American journalists who gathered to talk about how they cover each other's worlds, with the goal of improving coverage on both sides. Topics included the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stereotyping, religion, patriotism, loaded words, pressure from government and business, and the barriers journalists face to good coverage.

  • Getting the Story: The Basics of Professional Journalism: Reporting, Writing & Editing - English

    This workbook contains advice and practice material for use with the ICFJ videotape/text training program Getting the Story: The Basics of Professional Journalism. The videotape shows various activities being performed in the gathering and processing of news. The 39-minute video has three parts. Each of this Workbook’s three parts corresponds to a part in the videotape. The workbook is meant to be used in a classroom situation or merely as an individual supplement to the videotape.

  • Journalism Ethics: The New Debate - English

    It is essential that journalists in Latin America think about ethics in their profession, talk about ethics with their colleagues and their audiences, and develop ethical standards and guidelines that fit their needs and circumstances. To encourage these things is the purpose of this video and handbook. Ethics for the media in Latin America must emerge from those who write and edit the news, from the publishers and station owners, and from the workers who sell the advertising and subscriptions to sustain their businesses. Developing ethical standards is a personal exercise in part and a...

  • Journalism Tipsheets

    Identifying and weighing the elements that make a story important or interesting to a reader can help you decide whether to pursue a story, what to emphasize in the lead and how to organize the story. Among the elements to consider: Importance/Relevance, timeliness, proximity, prominence, audience, conflict, novelty. This manual provides crucial tips for improving the quality of journalism.

  • Media Training - Russian

    This manual has been adapted from the International Center for Journalists’ operational handbook and has been used by our trainers for more than a decade. It pulls together long-proven methods of training adults in general, professional journalists and managers in particular, and international journalists and managers especially. It comes from lessons learned (sometimes the hard way) in more than 20 years of training by the Center, its staff, and its hundreds of adjunct faculty and consultants who have made a science out of imparting information and skills to others.