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February
14
2019

Washington Post Editor to Receive Top Honor at ICFJ Awards Dinner

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The International Center for Journalists will honor Martin “Marty” Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, with a prestigious award recognizing his long career as a media leader committed to truth and the highest standards.

February
13
2019

Update: Maria Ressa Released on Bail in the Philippines

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) calls on Philippine authorities to immediately free Maria Ressa, founder of the independent news site Rappler, and to drop all charges against her.

January
30
2019

What Misinformation Looks Like Across the Globe

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Misinformation can spread fear and erode trust, affecting voter behavior and even inciting violence. To help verified facts reach the widest possible audience, ICFJ's TruthBuzz Fellows are working to bring new fact-checking formats and engagement strategies to newsrooms. Watch our videos to learn how the Fellows are countering misinformation in 2019.

January
28
2019

New Study Offers a “Starting Point” for Teaching Media Entrepreneurs in Latin America

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In Latin America, where news entrepreneurs are an important source of independent news, a growing number of students are interested in learning the skills to launch and sustain media startups. Yet fewer than 3 percent of the universities in Latin America that teach journalism and communications offer courses in entrepreneurship, a new study has found.

January
22
2019

The Challenges of Fact-Checking the Brazilian Presidential Election

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Ahead of the country’s presidential election, Brazilian journalists braced for an avalanche of disinformation. A group of journalism organizations formed a coalition to verify information, fact-checkers worked nonstop, and journalists used new strategies for reporting and verifying facts. The unprecedented scale and speed of fabricated content designed to influence the 2018 elections across social media, combined with the largely unregulated social media landscape, made the task of fact-checking more daunting.

January
22
2019

‘Implant Files’ Investigation Sheds Light on Dark Side of Medical Devices

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Defective medical devices — and the lack of laws or enforcement against them — have killed thousands of patients around the world and put millions more at risk. Deficient implants may be poorly constructed or use untested or fake medical materials. Shoddy implants may fail, causing pain, loss of mobility and even death. Yet, in my country and many others, few people were aware of the hazards. The multi-million-dollar medical implant and medical device companies are shrouded in a myriad of scandals related to conflicts of interest, corruption and abusive practices toward patients.

January
8
2019

Call for Nominations: 2019 Knight International Journalism Awards

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Each year, the International Center for Journalists honors outstanding colleagues with the Knight International Journalism Award at our annual gala in Washington, D.C. We’re now seeking nominees whose pioneering coverage or media innovations have made an impact on the lives of people in their countries or regions. Candidates can be reporters, editors, technologists, media managers, citizen journalists or bloggers.

December
21
2018

ICFJ Welcomes Reversal of Unjust Verdict in Egypt

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) welcomes the verdict Thursday to acquit five of its employees, who were unjustly convicted in Egypt in 2013. The five defendants -- Americans and Egyptians -- worked for ICFJ on programs that helped Egyptian journalists better report about issues in their communities. The acquittal finally

December
19
2018

An App is Helping Save the Lives of Young Men in South Africa’s Eastern Cape

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In South Africa’s Eastern Cape, where circumcision of teen boys is a rite of passage to adulthood, unlicensed surgeons too often cause injury and even death. To help reduce the number of botched circumcisions, a pioneering web app developed in partnership with ICFJ Knight Fellow Chris Roper is connecting young men with trained surgeons.

December
18
2018

New Campaign to Help Embattled Journalist Maria Ressa, Rappler with Critical Legal Support

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The legal pressure on Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and her independent news site, Rappler.com, continues to mount. With the latest court filings, our 2018 Knight International Journalism Award winner’s media organization is now battling five tax cases. And Ressa - a beacon of quality journalism - faces possible arrest.