The Philippines: Tracking Government Efforts to Reduce Poverty
In the Philippines, Knight International helped journalists investigate the effectiveness of government programs designed to reduce poverty. With officials up for reelection in 2010, Knight Fellow Alex Tizon worked with The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) to determine whether the government delivered on promises to improve conditions. Tizon introduced new digital techniques that will enable major media outlets to gather better information from the poorest provinces.
Malou Mangahas, executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, discusses a new project led by Fellow Alex Tizon. PCIJ and Tizon are developing an online news feed that provides first-hand accounts to major media on how well government efforts to reduce rural poverty work.
- Helped launch a new digital portal that provides data and citizen-journalist stories that track anti-poverty efforts in the five poorest provinces.