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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

December
3
2020

#HoldTheLine Coalition Calls for New Cyber Libel Charge to Be Dropped and Pressure Ceased Against Maria Ressa

The #HoldTheLine Coalition condemns new legal threats against Rappler founder and CEO Maria Ressa and calls for a second, trumped-up criminal cyber libel charge to be dropped.

November
30
2020

Covering Climate Change in 2021 and Beyond

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2020 is on track to become the planet’s hottest on record. Experts say the climate crisis could erase the progress made in human health over the past century, and the communities hit hardest by climate change are among the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

November
25
2020

Online Attacks on Women Journalists Leading to ‘Real World’ Violence, New Research Shows

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The insidious problem of online violence against women journalists is increasingly spilling offline, with potentially deadly consequences, a new global survey suggests.

November
24
2020

Global Survey on Journalism and the Pandemic Now Available in Four Languages

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The first results from a global survey on journalism and the COVID-19 crisis are now available in three additional languages: Arabic, French and Spanish.

November
19
2020

Essential Data Journalism Tips and Resources

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Communicating data can feel like an overwhelming task. As journalists, how can we translate extensive numbers-based research and analysis into coherent, comprehensible reporting? 

Data journalists have honed this skill set. They’ve refined how to best present data-related findings to most effectively inform their readers. 

November
17
2020

How ICFJ Is Helping Independent Media Thrive

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ICFJ’s recent global survey of journalists illustrates just how hard newsrooms have been hit financially by the pandemic. Almost 90 percent of the 1,400-plus respondents told us their organization had put in place at least one pandemic-related austerity measure, such as salary cuts, job losses or even closures.

ICFJ is not only helping newsrooms better cover the pandemic – we are also helping them build stronger, sustainable businesses.

November
16
2020

New Book Explores the Roots of U.S. Propaganda 

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In 1917, a little-known U.S. agency called the Committee on Public Information (CPI) was created to convince Americans to back President Woodrow Wilson’s entry into World War I. The CPI launched a massive campaign to influence public opinion on a scale never witnessed before. While the organization lasted a mere 18 months, it laid the groundwork for U.S. government officials to routinely shape public opinion in peace as well as war. 

November
12
2020

Nigerian Authorities Promise Clean Drinking Water After Reporters Reveal Health Effects of Oil Spills

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After two Nigerian journalists used blood tests to show that oil spilled more than a decade ago was still poisoning Niger Delta townships through their well water, the national government announced it would hire contractors to provide potable water to the affected communities.

November
11
2020

Behind the Scenes: Reporters Who Exposed Europe's COVID-19 Spending

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For many businesses, the novel coronavirus pandemic has been devastating. For some, however, the global health crisis presented an opportunity to make major profit. Since the severity of the virus became clear in early 2020, federal and local governments have spent millions of dollars purchasing items like personal protective equipment. 

November
10
2020

ICFJ Remembers Intrepid Journalist and Advisory Board Member Seymour Topping

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The International Center for Journalists mourns the loss of Seymour “Top” Topping, a legendary war reporter and New York Times editor, and longtime member of ICFJ’s advisory board. He passed away Nov. 8 at the age of 98 in White Plains, N.Y.