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Aug 132015

Former Scripps Howard Intern Named Deputy Spokesman to Afghan President

Former ICFJ Scripps Howard intern Sayed Zafar Hashemi has been named deputy spokesman for Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, according to the office of the President.

Hashemi interned at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire in 2007 and later worked at Voice of America as an editor and broadcaster.

The Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington program provides two international students each year with the opportunity to work at the news service for a semester.

Aug 102015

What Journalism Students Need to Know About Today’s Newsrooms

The media industry moves at a rapid pace, with new methods of storytelling and content delivery popping up constantly. When it comes to academics, however, journalism curricula have a hard time keeping pace.

In an effort to sync these two fields, six journalism professors from colleges and universities with large black and Latino student bodies participated in ICFJ's Back in the Newsroom Fellowship.

Pakistan Summit

Wajahat Ali, a host at Al Jazeera America, leads a session on social media.

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 72015

Why Wearables Are The News Platform Of The Future

It’s often said that pornography is every technology’s first adopter. It’s also said that the Internet wouldn’t exist without porn to make the download speeds faster, the video players easier to use and the browsers quicker. The same logic applies to full-color magazines, VHS, cable TV and so many others (I don’t think I need to explain why these technologies were advantageous to the seedier side of the media).

Now there’s a new tech frontier emerging, and for once, newspapers and other news media are actually in a better position than smut dealers to take full advantage of it.