Program News

June
3
2021

Using Social Media, ‘Science Pulse’ Helps Journalists Find COVID-19 Experts and Key Trends

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Journalists in Brazil, Latin America and beyond are using an innovative new tool launched by an ICFJ Knight Fellow to combat misinformation and better report on the pandemic. Science Pulse, which makes it easier for reporters to find scientific experts and content, is the only tool of its kind designed expressly for journalists.

May
19
2021

How Journalists Are Helping Tell the Stories of Refugees Amid the Pandemic

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Reporters in the International Center for Journalists’ (ICFJ) network have exposed sexual abuse of women refugees in Egypt, covered medicine shortages for migrants in Morroco, and reported on children exploited as beggars in Iraq during the pandemic. Their in-depth reports are part of a joint initiative with ICFJ and the Facebook Journalism Project supporting journalists as they shine a light on the experiences of refugees amid a global health crisis.

May
13
2021

UNESCO-ICFJ Study Focuses Global Attention on Online Violence Against Women Journalists

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Our new research is drawing much-needed attention to the escalating scourge of online violence against women journalists, as major news outlets across the world report on the findings, and women journalists share details of the abuse they face. ICFJ conducted the study, which was commissioned and published by UNESCO.

May
12
2021

Key Takeaways for Covering Obesity During COVID-19

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People with obesity are suffering more and dying at higher rates from COVID-19, according to a report released by the World Obesity Federation in March. This makes obesity a high-risk factor, similar to other comorbidities such as diabetes and heart disease. 

May
12
2021

Nigerian and Congolese Journalists Win 2021 Michael Elliott Award for Stories Exposing Child Neglect and Child Labor

Zainab Bala, a broadcast reporter who exposed pernicious child neglect in Nigeria, and Bernadette Vivuya, a multimedia journalist who uncovered child labor in mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are the 2021 winners of the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. A distinguished panel of judges selected the winners from among 130 applicants.

April
29
2021

How Disinformation and Hate Fuel Online Attacks Against Women Journalists

Vicious online violence that seeks to silence women journalists and discredit their reporting is a growing problem – and one that is often tied to orchestrated disinformation campaigns, new research shows. Because of their race, sexual orientation and religion, some women face even more frequent and vitriolic attacks.

March
16
2021

Fact-checkers Team Up With Social Media Influencers to Combat Misinformation in Nigeria

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The spread of misinformation around COVID-19 has demonstrated the power of social media platforms to give oxygen to misleading, potentially harmful news. This infodemic is especially glaring in Nigeria, where the use of social media alongside diminishing levels of trust in local media has fueled the spread of false information around vaccines, social distancing and other public health issues. 

March
16
2021

How Two Mexican Media Startups Have Survived the COVID-19 Crisis

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Digital media startups over the past year have dealt with major economic and societal challenges due to COVID-19. Two independent news sites in Mexico, Verificado.com.mx and La Verdad de Ciudad Juárez, have not only weathered the global health crisis — they’ve managed to grow their newsrooms thanks to well-defined, flexible business models.

March
15
2021

Washington Post Cites ICFJ Report in Denouncing “Onslaught of Online Harassment” Against Maria Ressa

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The Washington Post editorial board has called the online assault against Filipino-American journalist Maria Ressa “a worldwide warning,” citing a new report from the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) that revealed the intensity and ferocity of online violence directed against her.

March
5
2021

Application Deadline Extended to April 1 for Global Business Journalism's 2021-2022 Academic Year

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Because of complications created by the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, Tsinghua University has approved a new application deadline of April 1 for the prestigious English-language master's program operated in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Bloomberg News.