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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

April
22
2019

How a Cross-Border Reporting Team Exposed Venezuela’s $28 Billion, Oil-for-Allies Scheme

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As Venezuela’s citizens suffer from rampant food shortages, the government is spending billions to bolster political allies in Latin America, a team of pioneering reporters recently revealed in an unprecedented expose.

CONNECTAS, a cross-border investigative journalism organization in Latin America, directed the project, called Petrofraude. Adding heft to CONNECTAS, ICFJ Knight Fellow Fabiola Torres López coached the reporters on their data efforts, helping them clean up and analyze thousands of government records.

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
12
2019

Velocidad Ayuda a Medios Digitales Independientes Latinoamericanos a Lograr Sustentabilidad

Hoy se anunció el lanzamiento de Velocidad, una iniciativa pionera en América Latina que identificará e invertirá $1.5 millones en empresas de medios de comunicación independientes de la región. Velocidad busca impulsar los esfuerzos de medios emprendedores para convertirse en negocios prósperos.

April
12
2019

Velocidad to Help Latin American News Startups Accelerate Revenue Growth

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A pioneering initiative announced today will identify and invest $1.5 million in promising news media startups in Latin America and accelerate their efforts to grow into thriving businesses.

Called Velocidad (“Velocity” in English), the accelerator program will provide both funding and expert consulting for news startups operating in Latin America. Velocidad is funded by Luminate and run by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and SembraMedia.

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.

April
2
2019

Tackling a New Disinformation Threat on WhatsApp in Indonesia

Astudestra Ajengrastri, a Jakarta-based TruthBuzz Fellow with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), has the difficult task of countering the plague of disinformation on social media in Indonesia. In the runup to the country’s presidential elections in April, she faced a particularly big challenge: a convincing audio message went viral on WhatsApp claiming that millions of fake ballots were about to be cast in favor of the incumbent president.

April
2
2019

ICFJ Alums Receive Data Journalism Grants to Investigate Child Mortality and Climate Change

Journalists from Kenya and the United States are the first recipients of special grants and mentoring for data-driven investigations into child mortality and climate change. These inaugural ICFJ Alumni Reporting Grants, backed by the Microsoft Modern Journalism program, help support data journalism and immersive storytelling projects.

March
22
2019

Building a Bot to Monitor Politicians' Twitter Accounts

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Given the relevance Twitter has gained in politics, it’s important we know what elected officials are publishing on the site, and that we keep a detailed, searchable record of their posts. This is why Aos Fatos, the Brazilian fact-checking organization, in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), developed a bot to monitor Bolsonaro’s Twitter account.

March
12
2019

Reporting on Early Childhood Issues Is Prompting Better Health Policies Worldwide

Reporters with the year-long Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship, an International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) program, have produced nearly 700 stories since March 2017 that have been viewed more than 15 million times. The health journalists, who are from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania, are building their expertise thanks to seasoned mentors, international reporting trips and virtual trainings.

March
7
2019

Three Key Strategies for Combating Disinformation

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Looking for innovative solutions to fight the scourge of disinformation? Our ICFJ Fellows have come up with three strategies.