Blog Post

November
17
2020

How ICFJ Is Helping Independent Media Thrive

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ICFJ’s recent global survey of journalists illustrates just how hard newsrooms have been hit financially by the pandemic. Almost 90 percent of the 1,400-plus respondents told us their organization had put in place at least one pandemic-related austerity measure, such as salary cuts, job losses or even closures.

ICFJ is not only helping newsrooms better cover the pandemic – we are also helping them build stronger, sustainable businesses.

November
16
2020

New Book Explores the Roots of U.S. Propaganda 

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In 1917, a little-known U.S. agency called the Committee on Public Information (CPI) was created to convince Americans to back President Woodrow Wilson’s entry into World War I. The CPI launched a massive campaign to influence public opinion on a scale never witnessed before. While the organization lasted a mere 18 months, it laid the groundwork for U.S. government officials to routinely shape public opinion in peace as well as war. 

April
15
2020

COVID-19 Resources Now Available in French, Spanish and Portuguese

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A month ago we formed the Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum to help journalists provide accurate, life-saving information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, we are significantly expanding our offerings: 

March
27
2020

#CoveringCOVID: Six Recommendations for Disinformation Combat

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All of journalism has a role to play as a bulwark against some of these Age of Disinformation effects — from news to documentary, from radio to print, from specialist to general, from legacy to start-up, from interactive to investigative. We’re all targets of disinformation agents and we all have a role in the fightback.

March
6
2020

Achieving Gender Equality: Five Lessons from a Latin American Network of Women Media Leaders

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Today it’s not unusual to hear an organization or company saying they want to promote gender equality, but actually doing it isn’t easy. Ahead of International Women’s Day, we want to share five things we’ve learned in the process of promoting women’s leadership in media and including more women in journalism. 

January
15
2020

Looking Ahead to 2020: Shining Light Into the Dark Spaces of Chat Apps

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News has migrated from print to the web to social platforms to mobile. Now, at the dawn of a new decade, it is heading to a place that presents a whole new set of challenges: the private, hidden spaces of instant messaging apps.

January
2
2020

ICFJ Knight Fellows Offer Key Tips for Journalists in 2020

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Are you ready for a new year — and a new decade? As we enter 2020, the news industry will undoubtedly continue to experience change. How will you navigate what lies ahead? 

We turned to current and former ICFJ Knight Fellows to ask their advice for the coming year. 

August
7
2019

Data Journalism Project Surfaces Untold Stories of Climate Change on U.S. Coasts

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As global temperatures warm, rising sea levels are already inflicting damage on the planet’s coastal regions. Today, more than 90 cities in the U.S. experience “chronic flooding,” a number expected to double by 2030, according to the World Economic Forum. The flooding will only increase in intensity over time, too — especially if countries don’t curb their global carbon emissions.

May
31
2019

Your Algorithm Hates You

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Some of the decisions algorithms make about our lives are fairly benign, such as those irresistible “Suggestions for you” on Netflix. But it gets far murkier when artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are used by businesses and governments for decision-making that affects our lives without us ever knowing about it. And worse, without us being able to appeal against those decisions.

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