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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

January
18
2022

ICFJ Joins Eighteen Organizations, Reiterates Support for Carole Cadwalladr as she Faces SLAPP Trial

The undersigned organizations reiterate their support for award-winning journalist and author, Carole Cadwalladr, who is facing a week-long defamation trial in London this week.
 

January
14
2022

Tips For Building Your Personal Brand Online

Creating and maintaining a strong brand online can help boost your public profile immensely in today’s digital age. Building up your portfolio and understanding how to engage with your audiences might seem like daunting tasks at first, but there are some key steps you can take to better explain what you bring to the media industry.

January
12
2022

New ICFJ Initiative: Helping Journalists Cover Global Crises


It was just about two years ago that many of us first heard of a worrisome new virus. Soon after, as this once-in-a-century pandemic took hold, ICFJ launched the Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum to help journalists cover the story of their lifetimes.

Now, with more than 13,000 journalists participating in our award-winning Forum in five languages, we are expanding this initiative beyond covering COVID-19. The journalists in our network told us they want the same benefits from our health forum – webinars with experts, training sessions on journalism tools, and collaborative reporting grants – to help them cover other vital issues in their communities. They asked for assistance in reporting on the many crises facing our world today: disinformation, rising authoritarianism, climate change, tech disruption, migration and more.

January
8
2022

Reporting on Omicron? Here's What to Know.

As COVID-19 variants continue to emerge, it is crucial that journalists keep their readers informed with the most current, accurate information to help them make vital decisions.

The omicron variant, which surfaced in late 2021, is different from others in that there is still a lot we do not know about it, said Peter van Heusden, a bioinformatician at the South African National Bioinformatics Institute, during a recent ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum webinar.
 

January
4
2022

Trust in journalism is in crisis. Here are some ideas to rebuild it.

The new year is the perfect time to reflect on the state of journalism today and what to expect (and strive for) in 2022. One of the most urgent challenges is declining trust in the news media. Fueled by political polarization and a swamp of disinformation, public confidence in journalism has reached crisis levels – and the consequences are serious not only for the industry, but for the health of our democracies. What can we do to reverse this dangerous trend?
January
4
2022

Trust Me, I'm a Journalist

Being a journalist right now is not easy. You face daily menace and harassment from every corner: repressive governments and would-be autocrats, abusive Tweets and Facebook posts, as well as physical threats and an unprecedented risk of being killed for your work. Add to that the chronic stress of working in an industry bedeviled by existential financial crisis.

December
22
2021

Top IJNet Articles of 2021

As the year comes to an end, we asked our global team of editors and translators to recommend their favorite IJNet articles for 2021. Here you’ll find their selection of pieces written by journalists based in Brazil, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Mozambique, Turkey, Uruguay and the U.S.

December
20
2021

Advice for Journalists Heading into 2022, from ICFJ Knight Fellows

Journalists globally faced yet another challenging year reporting on today’s pressing issues. With the world still navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, reporters have stepped to the plate to cover the virus’ variants and debunk misinformation around the vaccines. They have also kept readers informed about crises like the January 6 insurrection in the U.S., and the Taliban recapture of Afghanistan, among many others. They’ve done all this amid escalating press freedom crackdowns, from Belarus and Myanmar to Nicaragua and Hong Kong

December
15
2021

Latin American Journalists Expand Resources to Inform Across the Region

As COVID-19 swept across the world in early 2020, many activities that involved travel were put on hold. International exchanges that aim to train journalists, like ICFJ’s Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America, had to pivot. 

Faced with the new, challenging situation, the program went online. Selected journalists from Latin America received seed funding and virtual mentorship for their proposed projects, in addition to their remote internships with newsrooms in the U.S. 

December
10
2021

Press Freedom Icons Accept Nobel Peace Prize in Norway

Two global icons of press freedom accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, marking the first time since 1936 that journalists have been recognized with the world’s most prestigious award.

Underscoring the importance of journalism in combating authoritarianism and other destructive trends, the Nobel Committee honored Maria Ressa, co-founder and editor of the independent Philippine news site Rappler, and Dmitry Muratov, longtime editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, an independent newspaper in Russia.