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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

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.

April
25
2019

Fact-Checking Service Helps Counter Dangerous Health Claims in East Africa

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Late last year, the PesaCheck fact-checking initiative helped debunk a fake story about the outbreak of the human papilloma (HPV) virus in the western Kenya county of Kisii. According to the claim, the disease was spread through kissing and killed faster than the AIDS virus. The hoax originated on Whatsapp, spread on Facebook and then was picked up by a local radio station, Ghetto Radio

April
22
2019

How a Cross-Border Reporting Team Exposed Venezuela’s $28 Billion, Oil-for-Allies Scheme

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As Venezuela’s citizens suffer from rampant food shortages, the government is spending billions to bolster political allies in Latin America, a team of pioneering reporters recently revealed in an unprecedented expose.

CONNECTAS, a cross-border investigative journalism organization in Latin America, directed the project, called Petrofraude. Adding heft to CONNECTAS, ICFJ Knight Fellow Fabiola Torres López coached the reporters on their data efforts, helping them clean up and analyze thousands of government records.

April
17
2019

Kenyan Journalist Wins 2019 Michael Elliott Award for Coverage of Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation

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Dorcas Wangira, who reported on the harm caused by female genital mutilation and the hope offered by five tech-savvy teenage girls, has been named the 2019 winner of the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. A distinguished panel of judges selected the Kenyan journalist from among 218 applicants for this prize.

April
12
2019

Velocidad Ayuda a Medios Digitales Independientes Latinoamericanos a Lograr Sustentabilidad

Hoy se anunció el lanzamiento de Velocidad, una iniciativa pionera en América Latina que identificará e invertirá $1.5 millones en empresas de medios de comunicación independientes de la región. Velocidad busca impulsar los esfuerzos de medios emprendedores para convertirse en negocios prósperos.

April
12
2019

Velocidad to Help Latin American News Startups Accelerate Revenue Growth

A pioneering initiative announced today will identify and invest $1.5 million in promising news media startups in Latin America and accelerate their efforts to grow into thriving businesses.

Called Velocidad (“Velocity” in English), the accelerator program will provide both funding and expert consulting for news startups operating in Latin America. Velocidad is funded by Luminate and run by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and SembraMedia.

April
10
2019

To Reach a Wider Audience, Expand Fact-Checking to Broadcast News

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Fact-checkers don’t just have a misinformation problem. They also have an audience engagement problem.

Most fact-checking sites in the U.S. and around the world produce their content in the digital realm. Fewer use traditional mediums like radio and TV, which ends up excluding a large audience from encountering fact-checking at all. Not only should broadcast fact-checking be adopted more widely, print and online fact-checkers can learn ways to make their content more engaging by paying attention to broadcast journalists.

April
2
2019

Tackling a New Disinformation Threat on WhatsApp in Indonesia

Astudestra Ajengrastri, a Jakarta-based TruthBuzz Fellow with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), has the difficult task of countering the plague of disinformation on social media in Indonesia. In the runup to the country’s presidential elections in April, she faced a particularly big challenge: a convincing audio message went viral on WhatsApp claiming that millions of fake ballots were about to be cast in favor of the incumbent president.