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January
8
2022

Reporting on Omicron? Here's What to Know.

As COVID-19 variants continue to emerge, it is crucial that journalists keep their readers informed with the most current, accurate information to help them make vital decisions.

The omicron variant, which surfaced in late 2021, is different from others in that there is still a lot we do not know about it, said Peter van Heusden, a bioinformatician at the South African National Bioinformatics Institute, during a recent ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum webinar.
 

December
10
2021

Press Freedom Icons Accept Nobel Peace Prize in Norway

Two global icons of press freedom accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, marking the first time since 1936 that journalists have been recognized with the world’s most prestigious award.

Underscoring the importance of journalism in combating authoritarianism and other destructive trends, the Nobel Committee honored Maria Ressa, co-founder and editor of the independent Philippine news site Rappler, and Dmitry Muratov, longtime editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, an independent newspaper in Russia.

November
17
2021

How to Make Solutions Journalism a Part of a News Outlet’s DNA

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Nigeria in February 2020, Nigeria Health Watch quickly adapted its coverage to focus on the global crisis. In place of traditional reporting on facts and figures, however, this health advocacy and communications nonprofit used a novel, growing approach known as solutions journalism. Their reporting addressed the effects of the pandemic on Nigerians, and how communities were responding with their own, often innovative solutions.

November
10
2021

ICFJ Award Winners Show the Power of Journalism in Dangerous Times

Last night, at ICFJ’s Tribute to Journalists 2021, we celebrated outstanding colleagues who produce stellar work in the public interest even as the landscape for truth tellers becomes more perilous around the world.

The urgency of the threat was spelled out in powerful remarks by the evening’s honorees – Bill Whitaker of CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Anne Applebaum of The Atlantic, investigative journalist Pavla Holcová of the Czech Republic and fact-checking leader Natália Leal of Brazil.

November
10
2021

Anne Applebaum Accepts ICFJ Excellence in International Reporting Award

Colleagues, friends, and fellow journalists! Thank you so much for this award. To receive it from this institution is truly humbling. The International Center for Journalists has created a network that includes thousands of people who report, write, and take photographs in profoundly difficult circumstances. They do so while living in dictatorships, fighting wars, experiencing cataclysmic natural disasters. Some of them pay an enormous personal price to do what they do. But they know how important it is to write the first draft of history, to inform their fellow citizens, to inform the world about what is happening around them.

November
10
2021

Bill Whitaker Accepts ICFJ Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism

Good evening. First, congratulations to Anne Applebaum on her ICFJ Excellence in International Reporting Award. Every reporter among us is covering a world under authoritarian threat that Anne has been warning about for decades.
 

November
10
2021

Pavla Holcová Accepts ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award

I would like to express my thanks to ICFJ, and to all the people from OCCRP and investigace.cz who pushed me (and my limits) to be the journalist I am today.

November
10
2021

Natália Leal Accepts ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award

Receiving this award is one of the greatest moments in my career as a journalist. I want to thank the International Center for Journalists for considering my work to be fundamental in these unusual times. 

November
8
2021

How Journalists Can Best Report on Mental Health and Suicide

The World Health Organization estimates that suicide is the cause of more than 700,000 deaths annually. Of these, over three in four occur in low- and middle-income countries. 

November
5
2021

Agência Lupa’s Natália Leal Counters Misinformation with Persistent Fact-Checking

Early in her career, Brazilian reporter Natália Leal held a fundamental concern: Journalists would take unvetted claims from public figures and place them directly in front of readers. It didn’t sit right with her.