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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

July
12
2019

New Pledges Not Credible without Action, Say Press Freedom Groups

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More than 30 press freedom and media development organizations met in London in advance of the Global Media Freedom Conference to call on all participating States to ensure the protection and safety of all journalists and media workers in compliance with their existing obligations and international standards.

July
10
2019

Latin American Newsrooms Boost Video Engagement through New Accelerator

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News publishers in Argentina and Chile are taking their video strategies to the next level - and sparking greater audience engagement and web traffic in the process - with support from the Facebook Journalism Project Digital Video Accelerator

June
14
2019

SembraMex Grants Aim to Strengthen Investigative News Startups at U.S.-Mexico Border

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Digital news startups in Juarez and Monterrey, Mexico, are the first recipients of new grants to help independent media organizations on the U.S.-Mexico border increase their business acumen and revenue. SembraMedia and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) awarded the grants as part of the Mexico Border Investigative Reporting Hub project.

June
13
2019

How WhatsApp Could Collaborate with Journalists to Spread News — Not Misinformation

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Things have changed since Facebook acquired WhatsApp for US$19 billion in 2014. The social network made the app free for everyone, and what was an already popular messaging tool became even more popular — active monthly users surged from 200 million in April 2013 to 1.5 billion in December 2017.

June
12
2019

ICFJ Alumni Receive Storytelling Grants to Engage Audiences in Real Time

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Journalists from Nigeria and the U.S. will receive special grants to involve audiences in real-time news-gathering and storytelling of important news events. Two Nigerian reporters will explore the devastating aftermath of major oil spills, while a U.S. journalist, commentator and author will show pivotal changes in Beijing over the past 20 years through a personal travelogue.

June
5
2019

Una Breve Guía de la Historia de las "Noticias Falsas" y la Desinformación: Un Nuevo Módulo de Aprendizaje por ICFJ

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Las “noticias falsas” (“fake news” en inglés) no son nuevas. De hecho, la historia registrada de las "guerras de desinformación" se remonta a la antigua Roma; pero el siglo 21 ha visto la utilización de la información como arma en una escala sin precedentes. La nueva y poderosa tecnología hace que la manipulación y la fabricación del contenido sea simple, y las redes sociales amplifican dramáticamente las falsedades que venden los gobiernos antidemocráticos, los políticos populistas y las entidades corporativas deshonestas.

May
31
2019

Your Algorithm Hates You

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Some of the decisions algorithms make about our lives are fairly benign, such as those irresistible “Suggestions for you” on Netflix. But it gets far murkier when artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are used by businesses and governments for decision-making that affects our lives without us ever knowing about it. And worse, without us being able to appeal against those decisions.

May
23
2019

To Stop the Spread of Disinformation, Americans Must Understand Global Trends

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Claire Wardle, a leading expert on social media and how it is used to spread disinformation around the world, says Americans can better prepare themselves for the 2020 elections by learning from the experiences of other countries.

May
22
2019

Michael Elliott Award "Renews My Focus and Sense of Responsibility," Says Kenyan Journalist

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Judges selected Dorcas Wangira as the 2019 Michael Elliott Award winner from more than 200 entries. Her winning story on the fight against female genital mutilation stood out for its courageous reporting, they said.

May
21
2019

Three Intrepid Journalists to Receive Prestigious International Journalism Awards

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) announced the lineup for its 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner on Nov. 7 in Washington, DC. The honorees include three courageous journalists: CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer, Stevan Dojčinović of Serbia, and Rose Wangui of Kenya. As previously announced, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin “Marty” Baron will receive ICFJ’s Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism at the event.