2016 General Election Embed Program: Foreign journalists travel to “battleground” states to report on the final days of the campaign

As the 2016 presidential election campaign gains momentum in the United States, battle lines are once again being drawn as Americans prepare to vote for their next commander in chief, as well as their state representatives to Congress. Journalists, both in the United States and abroad, are eager to cover this transition of power.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), with support from the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Press Centers and U.S. Embassy Posts, has invited 25 global journalists to report on the 2016 U.S.

Menachem Wecker

Menachem Wecker

Feb 22016

New opportunities follow ICFJ Anywhere course for religion writer

Menachem Wecker was already a busy freelancer when he took the ICFJ Anywhere course, International Coverage of Religion, in the spring of 2009. So he was solid on the basics of his chosen specialty. But religion is a big and complicated topic, and Wecker wondered what he didn’t know. The course filled some gaps for him – with discussions ranging from jihad to enforced moralities to covering minority religions. Now he is busier than ever, writing for newspapers, religion publications, and a blog on art and religion.


Menachem Wecker

Menachem Wecker

Covering the Fight to Eradicate Malaria: A Fellowship for U.S. and Global Journalists

Please note that the trip dates are now Nov. 1-7, 2015.

Malaria kills roughly 584,000 people a year, predominantly children under the age of five, even though it's a treatable and preventable disease. Malaria is the deadliest and costliest disease in human history, and one of the few major global diseases that we can end in our lifetime.

Many governments and foundations are spending millions of dollars to fight malaria, and the result has been historic progress against the disease.

Jul 212014

Five data journalism projects win funding from Latin American startup accelerator HacksLabs

Five data-driven projects produced during the regional hackathon La Ruta de Dinero (The Money Trail) will receive support from HacksLabs, the first accelerator of data journalism projects in Latin America.

The projects focus on improving transparency and accountability in Colombia, Chile and Argentina. The regional hackathon, which I coordinated as part of my ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellowship, took place in 12 Latin American cities and one U.S. city.

Jun 202014

CodeCamp: Helping Media and Government Become Data-Driven

From May 19 through 30, 2014, ICFJ brought together experts from around the world to the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy to find ways to use data to advance quality journalism. Ben Colmery helped organize this key summit.

His second report:

It is commonly believed that a properly-functioning democracy needs government to work for its citizens, and media/civil society able to foster an adequately-informed citizenry and hold government in check.

Dec 182012

Support ICFJ This Holiday Season

As you make your year-end contributions, please support ICFJ and receive a special gift. Our programs have impact.

Nov 132012

New Knight International Fellowships Will Advance Media Innovation Worldwide

WASHINGTON—From digitally mapping Amazon deforestation to launching a news innovation challenge in Africa, innovative work by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will be supported by a new $3.15 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Nov 52012

International Journalists to Live-Blog on Election Night

Fifty reporters from 46 countries will get a front-row seat to history on November 6 as they cover election night from the United States for their audiences back home. They will live-blog stories from the polls in battleground states using an exciting new tool, the Global Editors Network’s (GEN) Live Desk platform.