In partnership with The Institute of Press and Information Sciences (IPSI) at the University of Manouba in Manouba, Tunisia, ICFJ organized an internship program for a group of eight Tunisian master’s degree journalism students. The internship program’s goal was to educate Tunisian journalism students on U.S. journalistic practices and ethics. ICFJ placed students in newsrooms for a 17 day internship in September 2012. Students observed U.S. newsrooms at work and learned new skills to enhance their journalism careers.
I’ve been in Tunis attending the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Conference and the theme this year was, ‘New Voices: Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies.’ However, I was attracted by one of the sessions that echoed old voices highlighting an embarrassing problem that imprisons good journalism: the brown envelope.
Gathered in Tunis for World Press Freedom Day activies are (standing) Knight Fellow Joseph Warungu, Knight Fellow Sandra Crucianelli, Knight Challenge Winner Brenda Burrell, Knight Fellow Justin Arenstein, and (kneeling) Knight Fellow Ayman Salah.
In a fitting tribute to Tunisia’s newfound freedoms, UNESCO is holding World Press Freedom Day in Tunis this year. Knight International Journalism Fellows from Africa, the Middle East and South America have been selected to participate as World Press Freedom Day Fellows.
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.