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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

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.

February
3
2016

NewsU International launches online multimedia course in Persian

Persian-language journalists interested in learning more about new media can enroll in a free online course.

NewsU International, a partnership between the Poynter Institute and the International Center for Journalists, has launched an online multimedia training course.

The self-directed course, called Five Steps to Multimedia Storytelling aims at providing participants with the skill and knowledge to produce multimedia stories.

February
3
2016

Al Jazeera, ICFJ collaborate on training Arab journalists on investigative and digital journalism

Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center and the International Center for Journalists have collaborated to offer two online training courses in Investigative Journalism and Digital Journalism for Arab journalists.

The two online courses will be open to Arab journalists working in print, broadcast and online journalism.

February
3
2016

Personal Finance course participants publish articles, win awards

By Isabel Morales

A total of nearly 30 minority journalists took part in two personal finance courses online this spring and summer, using the training format that the International Center for Journalists sees as increasingly popular and useful among working media.

The journalists, all working at American media outlets, participated in the English and Spanish-language courses designed to advance the financial reporting in minority media. In six weeks of instruction and six weeks of mentorship, they tackled personal finance topics that included: credit, lending, consumer fraud, housing and mortgages, retirement planning, and investing.

February
3
2016

‘Concerned journalists' ready to break new ground to improve quality in Turkish media

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By Yonca Poyraz Doğan

Everything started with an announcement from the newly established İstanbul-based Media Association (Medya Derneği), which said in June of last year that together with the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) they would offer an online media ethics course with the aim of encouraging journalists to take the principles they learn back with them to their respective institutions.

February
3
2016

ICFJ Anywhere courses bring the latest to online consultant

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By H.J. Cummins

Crediting his ICFJ Anywhere trainings for bringing a new level of professionalism to his work, Algerian journalism consultant Nassim Lakehal is creating hefty websites with the latest in online writing styles as well as multimedia and interactive features.

Among his most recent successes are the redesigned website for Al-Yaum, one of the most popular newspapers in Saudi Arabia today, and Gate of the Algerian press, a groundbreaking site dedicated to commentary on Arab media.

February
2
2016

ICFJ Anywhere trainings help journalist launch smart-money website for Hispanics

“I have been reporting and editing since 1998, and I see over and over that one of the things that empowers people is knowledge and accurate information about how the American ‘system’ works,” said Carrera, a native of Ecuador. “U.S. Hispanics need good, sound, independent information.” Carrera saw some of this need as editor of Mercado de Dinero USA, starting in June 2007. The monthly, Spanish-language publication focuses on consumer and economics news.

February
2
2016

New opportunities follow ICFJ Anywhere course for religion writer

Menachem Wecker was already a busy freelancer when he took the ICFJ Anywhere course, International Coverage of Religion, in the spring of 2009. So he was solid on the basics of his chosen specialty. But religion is a big and complicated topic, and Wecker wondered what he didn’t know. The course filled some gaps for him – with discussions ranging from jihad to enforced moralities to covering minority religions. Now he is busier than ever, writing for newspapers, religion publications, and a blog on art and religion.

February
2
2016

Syrian journalist, an ICFJ Anywhere veteran, creates magazine

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By H.J. Cummins

Starting a magazine is an ambitious project at any time. But, as chance would have it, Syrian journalist Nahed Al Ali launched hers in the midst of the “Arab Spring.”