Eastern Europe

Apr 302015

Raising the Bar for 'Innovation'

Words and terms are prone to periods of popularity. These turn of phrases rise, get inevitably coopted, overused and diluted and eventually fall far from grace.

This has happened many times before, whether it’s “synergy” or “paradigm shift,” the words begin with value and then ring hollow after only a few short years. The most recent of these words to follow in this grand tradition is the star-child of the tech crowd, “innovate.”

Like many of the high-flying terms over the years, “innovate” (and its brethren “innovation,” “innovating” and “innovative”) is a catch all.

Jan 142015

How to Encrypt Emails Using Digital Plugin Mailvelope

Encryption is important. There are very few people that would doubt that, especially in media.

Too often the places we work in and the people we seek to expose are in a position to intercept, listen and read our communications. There are many tools available, but they are frequently difficult to understand, much less use.

There are many levels of efforts to assuage paranoia, from fully encrypted VPN-only communication to air-gapped laptops.

Knight Fellow Christopher Guess develops long-term sustainability plans for investigative reporting centers in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Apr 262013

Investigative Reporting Network Follows the Money—And Strikes Gold

Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky may not have died in vain.

ICFJ’s Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is helping reveal the fate of millions missing from Russia’s treasury—money that Magnitsky contended Russian tax officials stole in a scheme with organized criminals.

OCCRP’s 13 member organizations include investigative reporting centers and news organizations throughout Eastern Europe cooperating to help people in the region understand how organized crime and corruption affect them.

Proxy Platform

The OCCRP has created an international network of investigative reporters tracking and exposing organized crime across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics.

The Regional Investigative Journalism Network (RIJN)

This program challenges the development community to build citizen demand to reduce corruption, fraud, and other criminal activities through increased exposure to professionally-produced investigative journalism. The RIJN program has four objectives:

Paul Radu’s work on his fellowship has led to a major program helping investigative reporters in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union collaborate across borders. He has also created web resources to help reporters dig for data.

The Balkans: Journalism Training (2002)

Knight International Journalism Fellow Chris Braithwaite completed nine months of journalism training in the Balkans in 2002, partnering with the Peace Institute.

Central and Eastern Europe: Journalism Training (1998)

Knight International Journalism Fellow Jean Garner completed three months of journalism training in Central and Eastern Europe in 1998, partnering with the Center for Independent Journalism.

Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), and its partner organization in the Caucasus -- the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) administered a two-year Master's-level certificate program at the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management.