ICFJ Programs in Multimedia

  • Middle East: Launch a Network to Connect Journalists with IT Experts

    Knight International Journalism Fellow Ayman Salah connected journalists with IT experts across the Middle East by starting Hacks/Hackers chapters. Salah launched the technology journalism group in three countries: Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia. Participants are working to find technological solutions to information bottlenecks.

    In Amman, journalists and programmers developed the first mobile citizen journalism reporting app for major Jordanian news outlets.

  • 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.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Launch a Storytelling Challenge to Spur Innovative Coverage of Health and Development

    Knight International Journalism Fellow Joseph Warungu led the launch of an Africa-wide storytelling contest to encourage better coverage of Africa’s growth, development, health and quality of life. The challenge sought in-depth features; data-driven journalism; and other entries that used innovative tools to engage the public or tell stories.

  • 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.

  • India: Enhance a Cutting-Edge, Multimedia Academy and Help Make it Sustainable

    Chris Conte helped develop the curriculum and sustainability plan for an innovative multimedia academy in India. Launched by ICFJ and Greycells Education, the World Media Academy Delhi equips students with practical, digital skills and international standards needed to succeed in today's emerging, multimedia news environment.

  • Lideres Digitales: Creating a New Generation of Spanish-Language Multimedia Trainers

    Líderes Digitales launched in March 2011 with a four-week online course on multimedia journalism for a group of U.S.-based Hispanic journalists.

  • Public Service Journalism for Arabic-speaking Journalists

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) held a six-week online course in Arabic on using digital tools in public service journalism and investigative techniques. The online course was the first part of a program that brought together journalists, citizen journalists and civil society actors from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen. The six-week online course guided 60 participants from the above mentioned countries to work on ideas for multimedia public service journalism projects.

  • Unilever Journalism Exchange Program for Journalists from Ghana

    Samuel Kwaku Agyemang of Metropolitan Television (Metro TV) in Accra participated in the 2011 Unilever Journalism Exchange Program for journalists from Ghana. Agyemang was named the Best Journalist of the Year in Ghana in 2009.

  • Malaysia: Creating a Multimedia News Project

    To fill the void of local news reporting, ICFJ and Malaysiakini will create a network of locally-based citizen journalists trained in journalism skills and armed with high-tech reporting tools. To empower and give voice to marginalized and often abused immigrant workers, the program will bring media trainers from their originating countries to train citizen journalists and help create native language news websites with stories drawn from their experiences throughout the country.

  • Online Course on Digital Tools for Community Radio Journalists

    As part of the Escucha! Taking Community Radio Digital in the Americas program, ICFJ offered two online courses in Spanish to train community radio journalists from Latin America and from Hispanic media in the US.

  • Malaysia: Design a Business Model for Robust Citizen Journalism

    In a country where the government restricts traditional media, Ross Settles helped Malaysiakini, the leading independent news site, to expand its offerings and improve profitability. He developed more than 30 hyper-local sites that for the first time cover communities outside Kuala Lumpur.

    Now, 144 citizen journalists provide a regular stream of news reports to the Komunitikini website. To boost traffic, Settles helped to develop a system of tagging Komunitikini stories by location, category and theme.

  • Capacity Development of Media Institutions Leaders in Yemen

    ICFJ provided hands-on training and mentoring to Yemeni media managers in order to give them the knowledge and skills to run their newsrooms as professionally and effectively as possible. The program structure included three phases: a two-week media management course, three months of online mentoring, and a two-week in-person follow up consultancy.

  • Online Course on Multimedia Tools

    The International Center for Journalists offered two online courses for U.S. journalists on using multimedia tools this past summer. The courses were for Hispanic and minority journalists in the U.S., and were conducted in both English and Spanish. The courses focused on a variety of multimedia offerings – from audio focused specifically on using multimedia and digital tools to cover personal finance issues, and will took place from June 28 through July 21.

  • 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.

  • Panama: Develop a New System to Map and Investigate Crime and Corruption

    Citizens can use the map to report a wide range of crimes, giving details about the time and location of each incident.

    Jorge Luis Sierra developed a successful digital mapping platform called Mi Panama Transparente that uses crowd sourcing to pinpoint instances of crime and corruption in Panama. Now, Sierra has launched the digital map in Mexico and worked closely with a Knight Fellow in Colombia to do the same.

    As in Panama, Sierra has put together a strong coalition of partners in Mexico.

  • NewsU International launches online multimedia course in Persian

    Persian-language journalists interested in learning more about new media can enroll in a free online course.

  • On the Margins No More: Citizen Journalism Training for Egyptian Women and Youth

    This 11-month training program has been extended to early 2013. it promotes the concept of citizen journalism, where members of the public play an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information through traditional and non-traditional media outlets.

  • Brazil: Tapping the Power of Citizen Journalists to Increase Coverage of Poverty

    Bruno Garcez is helping Brazil’s top media outlets to include multimedia reports from citizen journalists on important issues such as land reform and pollution prior to presidential and general elections in October.

    Garcez is partnering with ABRAJI, the leading investigative journalism association, and the daily Folha de Sao Paulo to incorporate reports produced by trained citizen journalists. Already, 20 citizen reporters in Sao Paolo are producing stories and posting them on a common blog, Mural Brasil.

  • Promoting Media Law Reforms and Strengthening Media Associations in Senegal

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    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) concluded it's successful “Strengthening the Truth Tellers” program after 30 months of working to support Senegalese journalists and media organizations.

  • Serbia: Building a Business Journalism Dynamo in the Balkans

    Miodrag Savic turned the leading independent news agency in Serbia into a business-reporting powerhouse in the Balkans. He introduced many new innovations that have strengthened the agency editorially and financially.

    Savic developed teams of aggressive beat reporters and created the first Serbo-Croatian manual of business terminology for them. He launched the country’s only Web site that solicits news tips from citizens across the region. He convinced the agency’s management to institute weekly quality reviews to make sure the editorial staff maintains the high standards set during the fellowship. He also created a mobile news delivery service to inform clients of stories breaking on the wire. This helped attract new business.

    Savic, former Belgrade bureau chief for The Associated Press, helped Beta’s reporters to break away from a tradition of accepting official information at face value. That alone has had huge impact. Reporters double checked government-issued statistics showing the country emerging from recession only to discover that the government was using a new method to analyze data that skewed the results. When the reporters reassessed the data comparing apples to apples, they determined that the economy was still in dire straits. Bureau reporters he trained uncovered an increase in injuries on construction sites because of unqualified day laborers. In response, officials announced they would double inspections of construction sites.

  • The Philippines: Tracking Government Efforts to Reduce Poverty

    In the Philippines, Knight International helped journalists investigate the effectiveness of government programs designed to reduce poverty. With officials up for reelection in 2010, Knight Fellow Alex Tizon worked with The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) to determine whether the government delivered on promises to improve conditions. Tizon introduced new digital techniques that will enable major media outlets to gather better information from the poorest provinces.

  • Central America: A Model of Interactive News

    In El Salvador, Knight International helped the premier news Web site elfaro.net enhance its interactive coverage and generate new revenue streams.

  • NewsU International launches course on journalism and trauma in Persian

    A new self-directed course aims to help Persian-language journalists who cover traumatic events.

    The Trauma and Journalism course in Persian, offered by NewsU International, a partnership partnership between the Poynter Institute and the International Center for Journalists, aims to equip journalists covering human tragedies and crises with better tools to protect themselves from psychological trauma.

  • 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.

  • Investigative Journalism and Citizen Journalism For Russia

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will present a training program for working professional journalists as well as “citizen journalists” or bloggers in Russia. Working in three cities in diverse regions of Russia – Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok – ICFJ will undertake this work in cooperation with its Russian partner, the Glasnost Defense Foundation (GDF) of Moscow.