Program News

January
14
2022

Tips For Building Your Personal Brand Online

Creating and maintaining a strong brand online can help boost your public profile immensely in today’s digital age. Building up your portfolio and understanding how to engage with your audiences might seem like daunting tasks at first, but there are some key steps you can take to better explain what you bring to the media industry.

January
12
2022

New ICFJ Initiative: Helping Journalists Cover Global Crises


It was just about two years ago that many of us first heard of a worrisome new virus. Soon after, as this once-in-a-century pandemic took hold, ICFJ launched the Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum to help journalists cover the story of their lifetimes.

Now, with more than 13,000 journalists participating in our award-winning Forum in five languages, we are expanding this initiative beyond covering COVID-19. The journalists in our network told us they want the same benefits from our health forum – webinars with experts, training sessions on journalism tools, and collaborative reporting grants – to help them cover other vital issues in their communities. They asked for assistance in reporting on the many crises facing our world today: disinformation, rising authoritarianism, climate change, tech disruption, migration and more.

December
22
2021

Top IJNet Articles of 2021

As the year comes to an end, we asked our global team of editors and translators to recommend their favorite IJNet articles for 2021. Here you’ll find their selection of pieces written by journalists based in Brazil, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Mozambique, Turkey, Uruguay and the U.S.

December
6
2021

Hunting for Job Opportunities? Here are Some Tips.

Finding job opportunities can be a daunting task for media professionals, especially recent graduates and freelancers who may not know where to look. 

However, career openings for journalists “are everywhere, ubiquitous, and cosmopolitan,” said Paul Adepoju, the ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum community manager.

Learning how to spot job opportunities and hunting them down is what catapulted Adepoju to be the journalist he is today, with bylines in news outlets like Business InsiderNatureThe LancetNew ScientistBMJQuartz and CNN

November
29
2021

Newsrooms Team Up to Cover the Impact of the Pandemic on Latin America’s Middle Class

A new collaborative editorial project explores how the COVID-19 crisis in Latin America has affected the middle class, a group that has dwindled in number as millions struggle from economic and health setbacks. Six independent newsrooms, along with ICFJ partner Connectas, teamed up on the coverage, reporting on everything from mental health, jobs, access to healthcare, and the impact of the crisis on women in particular.

November
22
2021

How Paraguay's El Surti Became a Regional Model of Visual Journalism

Before joining the Velocidad media business accelerator program, El Surti had a staff of five people. “We were a small team that worked horizontally. Our whole team could work together at one table,” remembers El Surti Director Alejandro Valdez Sanabria. All team members would meet in the newsroom, around a long table where they discussed their news agenda and the possibilities for creating certain stories. They also edited the content and design of their articles together. In that small, common space, in a pre-pandemic world, communication flowed naturally.

October
20
2021

Journalists from Kenya, India, Nigeria Take Top Prizes for Reporting on Malnutrition

Leon Lidigu, a Kenyan journalist who revealed the struggles of a vulnerable community faced with malnutrition in school children, has been selected as the first-place winner of the 2021 Global Nutrition and Food Security Reporting Contest.

October
15
2021

Tips for Reporting on Vaccines, Hesitancy and Misinformation

The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in many parts of the world has given people hope that we may finally be nearing the pandemic’s end. There have been, however, mixed reactions to the immunizations, influenced by an abundance of misinformation.

October
13
2021

Journalists Create Media Resources with a Latin American Perspective

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, the ICFJ Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America (ECA) program pivoted to an online model. Latin American journalists selected for the program participated in a virtual orientation and embedded with U.S. newsrooms remotely. As a new offering for this pandemic format of the program, participants also received seed funding and mentorship for their proposed projects. 

October
1
2021

New Hub Offers Support for Journalists Facing Online Violence

For the majority of women working in the news industry today, weathering online attacks has become an ugly reality of the job. Nearly three-quarters of the 714 women journalists who responded to a global ICFJ-UNESCO survey said they had experienced online violence in their professional capacity. And it is an escalating problem.