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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

May
23
2022

Media Innovators and Intrepid Reporters Covering Global Hotspots Tapped for Prestigious International Journalism Awards

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) announced its annual Knight International Journalism Awards, recognizing excellent reporting that makes a difference in the lives of people around the world. The winners are a team of Ukrainian journalists whose searing images showed the world Russia’s brutal siege of Mariupol; an Afghan TV reporter whose investigations uncovered gross mismanagement of COVID-19 resources; and a media visionary who pioneered online reporting and exposed corruption in El Salvador.

May
18
2022

Meet the Experts Partnering with Elevate, ICFJ’s News Business Hub

Elevate, ICFJ’s news business hub, kicked off this month with a powerful set of implementing partners. The group of business leaders will focus on teaching 18 news media outlets chosen to participate in the program’s first cohort the most important skills to overcome their financial and operational challenges.

May
16
2022

How to Address Journalism’s Funding Crisis

A new UNESCO policy brief led by ICFJ calls for urgent action to address the news media viability crisis. The authors, including ICFJ’s Deputy Vice President of Global Research Dr. Julie Posetti and Columbia University’s Dr. Anya Schiffrin, review how news organizations, online platforms, governments and other stakeholders have responded to the funding challenges facing journalism, and offer recommendations to help independent media thrive.

May
11
2022

Tips for Reporting on Reproductive Health

The recent release of a draft decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that suggests it will repeal the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a constitutional right to abortion has placed access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare into the media spotlight. Covering abortion and reproductive health requires care

May
10
2022

ICFJ’s Global Crisis Reporting Forum Now Offering Trainings, Resources in Arabic

Arabic-speaking journalists have a valuable new resource to deepen their coverage of conflict, migration, climate change, health crises and more – ICFJ’s Pamela Howard Forum on Global Crisis Reporting.

The Forum, already available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, has expanded to serve Arabic speakers. Across five languages, the initiative connects journalists with resources, experts and each other to enhance reporting on critical global issues of local importance.

May
9
2022

MDIF’s Torres-Burd: “There is No One-Size-Fits-All Recipe” for Media Sustainability

Independent news outlets hold the powerful to account and provide critical information to their communities, but many struggle financially and risk going out of business.

While there are success stories and models for building viable news businesses, “there is no one-size-fits-all recipe,” for news outlets to follow, said Patricia Torres-Burd, managing director of Media Advisory Services at Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF). Her team supports media sustainability by providing technical and venture support for MDIF's global portfolio. 

May
3
2022

The Chilling: New Recommendations Aimed at News Organizations and the Platforms in Response to Online Violence Against Women Journalists

New research from a UN study produced by ICFJ details how news organizations and big tech companies are failing to adequately mitigate and respond to online violence targeting women journalists – a global scourge with serious and far-reaching consequences. The researchers offer concrete recommendations to better safeguard women journalists, who face credible death threats, threats of sexual violence – including against their children – and large-scale coordinated online harassment designed to silence them and their reporting.

May
2
2022

Reporting Amid Declining Press Freedom

Threats against independent media are increasing globally. From a lack of support for journalists in hostile environments to growing government censorship and oppression of reporters, there are many reasons to be pessimistic about the state of press freedom.

April
29
2022

Ethical Tips for Journalists Reporting on Conflict

With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entering its third month, the work of journalists continues to be instrumental in informing the world on alleged war crimes and civilian suffering. While covering the events in Ukraine – as well as other conflicts where journalists are at risk, from Afghanistan to Yemen – reporters need to know both hard safety skills and the complex ethical considerations unique to reporting on conflicts.

April
28
2022

How Media Leaders in Latin America Are Building Stronger Businesses

When Elaine Miranda launched Nicaragua’s first personal finance blog in 2018, she hoped it would help her build up her finance coaching business. But an ICFJ fellowship program helped her realize that her website could become her business.

The program, Emerging Media Leaders, taught her the latest skills in content creation, monetization and business development, connected her with leaders in the field and provided her with a fellowship placement at Mother Jones, where her colleagues showed her how to make better use of social media, Miranda said.