Program News

July
10
2019

Latin American Newsrooms Boost Video Engagement through New Accelerator

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News publishers in Argentina and Chile are taking their video strategies to the next level - and sparking greater audience engagement and web traffic in the process - with support from the Facebook Journalism Project Digital Video Accelerator

June
13
2019

How WhatsApp Could Collaborate with Journalists to Spread News — Not Misinformation

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Things have changed since Facebook acquired WhatsApp for US$19 billion in 2014. The social network made the app free for everyone, and what was an already popular messaging tool became even more popular — active monthly users surged from 200 million in April 2013 to 1.5 billion in December 2017.

June
12
2019

ICFJ Alumni Receive Storytelling Grants to Engage Audiences in Real Time

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Journalists from Nigeria and the U.S. will receive special grants to involve audiences in real-time news-gathering and storytelling of important news events. Two Nigerian reporters will explore the devastating aftermath of major oil spills, while a U.S. journalist, commentator and author will show pivotal changes in Beijing over the past 20 years through a personal travelogue.

April
17
2019

Kenyan Journalist Wins 2019 Michael Elliott Award for Coverage of Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation

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Dorcas Wangira, who reported on the harm caused by female genital mutilation and the hope offered by five tech-savvy teenage girls, has been named the 2019 winner of the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. A distinguished panel of judges selected the Kenyan journalist from among 218 applicants for this prize.

April
10
2019

To Reach a Wider Audience, Expand Fact-Checking to Broadcast News

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Fact-checkers don’t just have a misinformation problem. They also have an audience engagement problem.

Most fact-checking sites in the U.S. and around the world produce their content in the digital realm. Fewer use traditional mediums like radio and TV, which ends up excluding a large audience from encountering fact-checking at all. Not only should broadcast fact-checking be adopted more widely, print and online fact-checkers can learn ways to make their content more engaging by paying attention to broadcast journalists.

November
20
2018

Journalism Contest Winners Highlight the Human Toll of Poor Health Care

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Winners of the 2018 Global Health Reporting Contest shone a light on the resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, high infant mortality among India’s poorest populations and scarcity of healthcare in rural China.

April
23
2018

Riveting Documentary on Slain Journalist Wins Top Investigative Award

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Killing Pavel: Journalists showed "incredible tenacity and courage" in a film on the murder of a journalist in Ukraine.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and its Ukrainian partner, Slidstvo.Info, have won this year’s Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Medal for their work on the investigative documentary “Killing Pavel” on the unsolved murder of a Belarussian reporter.
February
26
2016

ICFJ Knight Roundup: Azerbaijani News Gets a 'Push' From New Mobile App

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As part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field. Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

February
26
2016

What Today's Newsrooms Can do to Spark Innovation For Tomorrow

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Back in September, I partnered with The Express Tribune, a leading English-language newspaper in Karachi, Pakistan, as part of my ICFJ Knight Fellowship to work on news innovation. The main focus was working with the Tribune Labs team and helping them build up their capacity in order to work on visual and interactive content on their own, without the need for a developer.

To start off, we brought a developer on board as an Innovation Fellow. Our first task was to help Labs with a system where they could develop interactive features on their own and in the shortest possible time.

February
23
2016

Spearhead Media Transformation as Code for Nigeria's News Innovation Fellow

Code for Nigeria is looking for a digital journalist and strategist to join our CitizenLab in Lagos.

The News Innovation Fellow will implement and manage our journalistic projects and showcase events.