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January
14
2021

#HoldtheLine Coalition Condemns Third Criminal Cyber Libel Charge Against Maria Ressa and Rappler

In reaction to the new cyber libel charge and arrest warrant brought against award-winning journalist Maria Ressa in the Philippines on January 11, the #HoldTheLine Coalition issued the following statement.
January
11
2021

Reporting During Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and Racism

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The convergence of the racial justice movement with the ongoing global health crisis generated challenging working conditions for reporters. The personal nature of the racial unrest compounded these challenges for journalists of color, in particular. “As Black people, we’re battling two pandemics — we're battling racism and we're battling COVID-19,” said journalist, filmmaker and freelance photographer Cydney Tucker during an ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum webinar in December.

January
7
2021

In the Wake of D.C. Mayhem, the Role of Truth Tellers Is More Important Than Ever

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We all may have thought that 2021 would be a more sane year after what we have been through in 2020. What happened Wednesday in Washington, D.C., made it clear that it isn’t. Throughout the past four years, many of us have worried when political leaders don’t honor truth (no less the U.S. Constitution). And now, we see the havoc that can happen when they don’t.

December
29
2020

ICFJ Knight Fellows Share Advice for Journalists in 2021

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The past year has been challenging for journalists around the globe. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, media professionals were forced to think outside the box to bring life-saving information to their communities.

Many adjusted their workflows, and learned new tools and skills to carry out their reporting.

We asked ICFJ Knight Fellows past and present to reflect on 2020, to glean insight from a chaotic, difficult year. Below, they share their lessons learned and advice for fellow journalists as we move into 2021. 

December
23
2020

A Year of #CoveringCOVID: Highlights from the Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum

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We’ve had by far one of the most unexpected and challenging years in history with a global pandemic, and one that’s hit an already struggling journalism industry hard. Despite these challenges, journalists from around the world came together in the ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum to learn from medical experts, epidemiologists, veteran health reporters, fact-checkers and each other to cover what is likely to be the story of the century, a 21st-century pandemic.

December
23
2020

Key Quotes: Newsroom Management During a Pandemic

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Newsroom management can be a balancing act between people and content, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made finding that balance even more difficult. During a recent IJNet/ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum webinar AJ+ Supervising Executive Producer Jon Laurence acknowledged the difficult balance and shared ways he and his team have tried to adapt. 

December
17
2020

COVID-19 Reporting Has Prepared Us for Cross-Border Collaboration

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The biggest story of 2020 — probably the biggest story of our lifetimes — was a global one, and covering it effectively required global collaboration among journalists and news organizations.

December
16
2020

Tips For Podcasting During a Pandemic

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With accessible technology and social tools available to anyone, media is no longer exclusive to journalists and journalism-adjacent careers. With just a few cheap — or even free — tools, anyone can create a podcast. The challenge becomes creating compelling content that the audience actually wants. 

December
10
2020

ICFJ-UNESCO Study: Online Violence, Fueled by Disinformation and Political Attacks, Deeply Harms Women Journalists

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An alarmingly high number of women journalists are now targets of online attacks associated with orchestrated digital disinformation campaigns. The impacts include self-censorship, retreat from visibility, an increased risk of physical injury, and a serious mental health toll. The main perpetrators? Anonymous trolls and political actors.

December
8
2020

Nigerian Journalist Wins 2020 Michael Elliott Award for Documentary Exposing Sexual Harassment in African Universities

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Kiki Mordi, who went undercover to reveal sexual harassment facing students at two universities in Nigeria and Ghana, has been named the 2020 winner of the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. A distinguished panel of judges selected the Nigerian journalist from among 184 applicants.