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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

July
2
2020

Beyond Fact-Checking: Fighting the Onslaught of COVID-19 Disinformation

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To fight the COVID-19 “disinfodemic,” journalists must move beyond simply debunking the false information spread online, three experts said during a webinar this week. 

July
2
2020

Key Quotes: COVID-19 and Reporting on Communities of Color

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The pandemic has disproportionately affected minority communities and communities of color around the world, panelists said in an ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum webinar on Monday.

July
1
2020

Key Quotes: Health Crisis at Home — Reporting on Gender-Based Violence

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Gender-based violence and abuse is the leading public health issue around the world, with research estimating that one out of every four women will experience harassment or abuse. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and lockdowns and quarantines around the world, advocates worry that gender-based violence is on the rise — even if the number of reported incidents remains low. 

June
30
2020

Latin American News Outlets Receive Funding, Mentorship to Accelerate Digital Transformation in COVID-19 Era

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Forty-four news organizations from 12 countries across Latin America have been selected to receive grants and expert mentorship as part of a new $2 million program from the Facebook Journalism Project and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) aimed at bolstering coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June
30
2020

Fareed Zakaria and Two International Digital News Pioneers to Receive Prestigious Journalism Awards

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will award top honors this year to CNN host Fareed Zakaria and two intrepid founders of investigative news sites in Egypt and Russia, countries with harsh controls on the press.

June
25
2020

Audience Engagement in a Time of Social Distancing 

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Audience engagement and service journalism—well-researched, advice on practical matters — are taking on new importance and driving change in newsrooms during the global COVID-19 pandemic, three engagement editors said during a webinar this week hosted by ICFJ and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University

June
19
2020

Key Quotes: Photojournalism in the COVID-19 Era

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Covering COVID-19 is often an exercise in explaining statistics: How many people are sick? Unemployed? What is this week’s death rate? But photographers are showing us the human face — and cost — of the pandemic. 

June
18
2020

Journalism & the Pandemic: Threats to Media Freedom & Safety During COVID-19

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As COVID-19 spreads in waves around the world, “a vast array of threats” to journalists and press freedom are also proliferating, said Courtney Radsch, advocacy director for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

June
16
2020

Maria Ressa of Rappler: The Philippines Has Reached "a Precipice”

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Facing a barrage of legal attacks, renowned journalist and digital news pioneer Maria Ressa says the Philippines is on the verge of experiencing the death of democracy by “a thousand cuts.” In an online event co-hosted by ICFJ and FRONTLINE, she said her country, once known for its vibrant news media, is now teetering on the brink of a “precipice.”

June
15
2020

A Devastating Day for Journalism

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Maria Ressa, an outspoken champion of press freedom, was convicted today in a case that is widely seen as a crackdown on independent journalism in the Philippines.

“This is a miscarriage of justice," said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. “Maria is facing a bevy of charges designed to silence her and Rappler. If journalists are convicted for exposing corruption, democracy itself is at stake. ICFJ condemns Maria's conviction and calls for all other charges against her to be dropped.”