Sub-Saharan Africa

Aug 102015

Bulletproofing the Work of Investigative Journalists

Investigative journalists are constantly under threat of prosecution. Their work exposes social injustices and human rights violations, sometimes leading to lawsuits from governments or large corporations.

The African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), led by senior researcher Khadija Sharife, has pioneered a method of bulletproofing the group's work against litigation and legal threat.

Aug 102015

ICFJ Knight Roundup: Code For Africa In New York, Violence Against Mexican Journalists

Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field. Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

Jul 282015

ICFJ Knight Roundup: Mapping Deforestation in the Amazon, Upcoming African Datacamps

Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field.

Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

Jul 142015

The Promise and Perils of Drone Journalism

In January, CNN and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reached an agreement to test the use of drones in reporting. This announcement came in the face of federal regulations banning the use of drones for commercial purposes. In the same month, Kenya banned civilian drone use.

From restrictive laws to societal stigma, drone journalists face many challenges in reporting with this innovative technology.

Jun 222015

ICFJ Knight Roundup: Media Innovation Bootcamps, Water Piracy in Pakistan

Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field.

Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

Jun 192015

ICFJ Knight Fellow Stephen Abbott Pugh on Access to Information, New Technology

Last week, ICFJ and the Code for Africa team announced that Stephen Abbott Pugh would join the joint project as the newest Knight International Journalism Fellow.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Abbott Pugh moved to Rwanda in 2014 where he saw an opportunity to make a difference, launching an information access website for ordinary citizens to request government documents.

Global Health Reporting Webinar

Journalists interested in ICFJ’s 2015 Global Health Reporting Contest are invited to participate in a webinar featuring discussions with winners from the 2014 program, a senior health journalist and ICFJ staff.

The webinar will feature advice from the speakers on developing health stories, engaging audiences and applying to the contest.

Mar 192014

For Code for Africa, Creating an App is Just the First Step

Code for Africa has helped newsrooms in South Africa, Uganda, Kenya and other countries to liberate data sets and package them as apps that deliver information citizens need in everyday life.

But Justin Arenstein, the initiative's chief strategist and an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow, says developing an app should never be the end of the line.

Jul 82013

How Newsrooms Can Use Data to Meet Community Needs

To cultivate a loyal audience in today's media environment, newspapers must do more than simply churn out stories.

Editors and their newsrooms should create usable products, like data-driven news and information tools, to serve their readers, said Knight International Journalism Fellow Justin Arenstein at the World Editors Forum in Bangkok during his master's class for editors.

Mar 222013

Tips for Effective Coverage of Immunization

Reporting on efforts to prevent infectious diseases through immunization is a key part of health coverage. Journalists play an important role in examining public health efforts, and in helping readers and viewers understand how and why vaccines are used.