Arabic-speaking journalists have a valuable new resource to deepen their coverage of conflict, migration, climate change, health crises and more – ICFJ’s Pamela Howard Forum on Global Crisis Reporting.
The Forum, already available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, has expanded to serve Arabic speakers. Across five languages, the initiative connects journalists with resources, experts and each other to enhance reporting on critical global issues of local importance.
The new Arabic Forum kicks off its first training this week, on cross-border investigative journalism. Experts will lead the five-week training, covering best practices, open source journalism techniques, digital security, story pitching and more. Community Manager Fadwa Kamal is leading the Arabic Forum, with support from editors at ICFJ’s International Journalists Network (IJNet).
The Forum began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and operated in Arabic, in addition to English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. It expanded this year to include other global crises, and now hosts a community of over 13,000 journalists in 134 countries. The Forum offers:
- Weekly webinars and trainings with experts on topics such as health crises, disinformation, financial instability, climate change and technological disruption (more than 260 have been organized so far)
- Resources in eight languages on IJNet to equip journalists with the core skills they need, such as data journalism, investigative reporting, fact-checking and verification
- Access to cross-border journalism networks, reporting grants and dedicated mentorship to catalyze high-quality coverage