Program News

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.

February
22
2016

In AIDS-Affected Regions, Journalists Must Continue to Raise Awareness

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The fight against HIV/AIDS is a decades-long global battle which had claimed the lives of 34 million people by the end of 2015. Yet the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that only 54 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS are aware of their infection.

Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region, with around 25 million people estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in 2014.

February
16
2016

ICFJ Knight Roundup: ICFJ Knight Award Nomination Deadline Approaches

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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.

A final reminder for 2016 Knight Awards nominations, Code for South Africa's new data school and more from the Knight Fellows in this week’s roundup.

There's still time!

February
16
2016

Inside the Innovative Training Model at Code for South Africa's Data Journalism Academy

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What does it take to convince thinly stretched, understaffed newsrooms to release experienced reporters for three months to attend a data journalism program — and pay for the privilege, too?

February
5
2016

Understanding the Need for Cybersecurity in African Journalism

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According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), over the past two decades 780 journalists worldwide were murdered while reporting or investigating stories. Many used digital tools in their daily work, which exposed them to cyber threats as well.

This trend is reflected in a recent CPJ report indicating that 109 out of the 199 journalists jailed last year worked online.

February
4
2016

The Biggest Mistake a News Startup Can Make: Not Hiring a Web Editor

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There has been a surge in news organizations over the last 10 years. The advent of digital publishing has led to startups covering everything from general news to the smallest of niches you can imagine. For years, these new organizations have tried to model themselves after their big brothers. This works out, sometimes. Other times budget constraints, inexperience and sheer practicality overwhelm and undercut important structural and business decisions.

The biggest and most oft-repeated mistake that I see these new groups making is ignoring the desperate role of a web editor.