The International Center for Journalists created this project to help journalists learn about innovations and opportunities around the world. They also encourage the spread of professional knowledge.
HackPack talked to Samantha Berkhead, who manages a team of editors and writers at IJNet, to learn more about the project and how you can best utilize it.
Main goal: Help journalists of all nationalities and experience levels improve their skills and advance their careers. We believe that journalism is for everyone, and we work to ensure that the latest journalism resources, tools and opportunities are free and accessible to those who need it most.
Top countries by unique visitors: Brazil, United States, Mexico, Spain, Egypt
Languages: IJNet publishes in seven languages — Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish
Who is it for: IJNet focuses on developing journalists throughout their career, from journalists starting their career to an editor or leader in the newsroom. People always say that real learning comes through a combination of classroom study and practical, hands-on experience. The website acts as the “classroom,” and opportunities like fellowships or reporting trips are the real-world experience component.
Misinformation trends in countries like India and Brazil can be bellwethers for problems the United States is likely to experience in the 2020 elections and beyond. That was the warning from ICFJ-affiliated panelists at the opening session of the Online News Association’s conference in New Orleans.
Journalist Verah Okeyo, one of the first recipients of the inaugural ICFJ Alumni Reporting Grants, didn’t just notice that fellow Kenyans were frustrated with their medical care — she believed news outlets in her country were failing to comprehensively cover the health issues people were facing.
In 2017, Indonesia held one of its most polarized regional elections ever and news outlets found themselves at a loss for ways to counter the wide circulation of false information. But by the 2019 presidential election, an Indonesian publisher had developed a dynamic platform to help citizens distinguish lies from truth with help from ICFJ Truthbuzz Fellow Astudestra Ajengrastri.