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Jul 102012

How To Boost Data Literacy in Journalism

This year’s MIT-Knight Center for Civic Media Conference, “The Story & the Algorithm,” showcased how data innovations are changing storytelling, burgeoning models for seeding that innovation and, of course, a whole lot of apps.

Jul 102012

News Apps Help Journalists and Audiences Collect and Verify Data

One of the most exciting features of this year’s MIT-Knight Center for Civic Media Conference was a chance to check out several new apps and projects, many still in development. These new apps will enable people to collect data in new ways and check facts more easily. All of them can enhance journalism, and many can engage audiences in the process.

Jul 62012

Final Call for Submissions to the African News Innovation Challenge

Got a great idea for advancing the news media in Africa? You still have time to enter the African News Innovation Challenge—a global competition designed to spark cutting-edge projects that will strengthen African media. The deadline is midnight on July 10, 2012 (Central African Time).

Modeled after the highly successful Knight News Challenge and launched by African Media Initiative (AMI), the competition will award US$1 million in startup capital.

MIT Conference - Knight Fellows Gather

The author, far left, along with Knight Fellows and ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan (second from right), got a chance to see new apps and projects at the MIT-Knight Center for Civic Media Conference.

MIT-ICFJ Gathering

Knight International Journalism Fellows and ICFJ staff attended the 2012 Knight-MIT Civic Media conference to share their knowledge of merging traditional journalism with innovative technology. Left to right: Jorge Luis Sierra, Ayman Salah, Ronnie Lovler, ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan, Justin Arenstein and Knight Fellowships Deputy Director Ben Colmery.

Jun 142012

How to Extract Data From the Web

Finding the information you need on the web can be challenging enough. But most journalists have no idea how to then extract or export that information in a way that they can use. Knight International Journalism Fellow Sandra Crucianelli is working to change all that. As part of her fellowship, Crucianelli is creating tools to help Argentine reporters collect, analyze and visualize data for investigative stories.

Illuminating Today’s Japan for American Audiences

A program, organized by ICFJ and funded by the United States-Japan Foundation, sent three U.S. journalists to Japan for 12-day reporting tours with the goal of shedding light on the relationship between the two nations and the aftermath of the disasters in March 2011. The participating journalists traveled in Japan for 12 days with an experienced Japanese journalist and interpreter, and were expected to dig into the economic, social, environmental and energy-policy challenges still facing Japan after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.