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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

October
23
2010

With the Push of a Button, A New Era Begins

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Editors Note: Knight Fellow Rachel Jones talks about the new possibilities after receiving more than $43,000 for a new Health and Science Writers' Association.When I pushed the button on an email application for a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement grant back in late April, I was thinking a lot about the direction my Knight Health Fellowship would take in the months to come.

October
23
2010

The Future of Fishing in Malawi

Editors Note: Knight Fellow Edem Djokotoe investigates the fishing industry in Malawi

The future of Malawi’s agriculture could lie in the hands of people like Heinrich Sitima, a 14-year-old school boy I met during a farm visit in Chiradzulu, a rural district some 30 minutes’ drive from Blantyre. He lives with his parents on Wambeu Farm, a 10-hectare sprawl with pigs, goats, cows, fish, bananas, cabbages, tomatoes, onions and a animal feed enterprise.

         
         Heinrich Sitima at Wambeu Farm in Chiradzulu 

Heinrich wants to be a farmer when he grows up.

October
22
2010

Out With the Old and In With the New

A much-needed cleanup day did more than clear the dust at SLBC. It became symbolic of the change from stale, state-run facility to the nation’s first ever public broadcasting network. The “rescue team” of thirty-five active, young volunteers – men and women – clambered out of the poda-podas (converted mini-vans) sporting white t-shirts that read, “Support SLBC” early last Saturday morning.

October
20
2010

The Power of Three

The first step in establishing a permanent training system in Peru takes place, as the nine stations are close to coming on board.

I love to run, something I’ve continued to do in Peru. But I never expected to find THIS growing under my shoe a mere 48 hours after my last outing! Mold. It’s one of the biggest problems in Lima, a city with one of the highest asthma levels in the world. But what really surprise me was how fast it grew. If only the rest of business in Peru moved as quickly...

October
20
2010

A Young Journalist Sees NYPD Blue and Detects a Story

Six officers from New York City were standing around the tent camp in Haiti. Several questions later, the reporter I was working with had his first scoop.I generally reserve Tuesday mornings to work with Louis-Jean Olivier, a young journalist with the Haiti Press Network. Although Olivier had been studying journalism at the State University, he didn’t start working as a reporter until after the January earthquake, when on a fluke he ended up filing a story for HPN. He so impressed HPN’s owner that he was hired on the spot and has been working for the agency ever since.

October
19
2010

“Elvis is in the building…” Welcome Gbanabom!

Gbanabom (Elvis) Hallowell was officially welcomed to the fold at SLBC as the new, permanent, Board-approved, presidentially-appointed Director General on October 1, 2010. After months of application forms, interviews, “politicking”, review committees and appointment processes, Gbanabom’s presence is a very welcome sign that things are moving forward in the transition from state-owned SLBS to the public broadcaster SLBC. Signs of progress can be few and far between but this giant step is hugely significant.

October
18
2010

Community News Sites and Community Engagement

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MalaysiaKini is currently working on a community news site, KomunitiKini, to provide news and information on communities across Malaysia. The local news situation in Malaysia is a microcosm of the national news situation, but only with fewer dedicated traditional news outlets. All of the local mainstream media is associated with a constituent party of the ruling coalition. Local or regional newspapers are relatively limited and coverage tends to focus on crime with limited reporting on community issues. Independent voices or community activism is restricted to online.

October
16
2010

Red de sitios hiperlocales Patch capacitará a universitarios

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La sociedad es significativa por dos razones: representa un gran esfuerzo de expansión por parte de la empresa matriz de Patch, el gigante de comunicaciones AOL, y estas universdidades son entre los más prestigiosos de EEUU.

La red de medios hiperlocales Patch ha hecho sociedades con 13 escuelas de periodismo en EEUU para capacitar a periodistas para sus sitios.

Según paidcontent.com, Patch se intenta expandir a 500 comunidades desde sus 100 actuales en seis meses para hacerse la red de sitios hiperlocales más grande del país.

October
16
2010

SLBC’s First Permanent Staff

For far too long, SLBC has operated under interim management. The appointment of Gbanabom and S.B., as they preferred to be called, is a culmination of a large number of events, negotiations, processes and procedures. It’s been a long road and we’re just starting our journey…

On October 1, 2010, the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation bid farewell to its “Acting Director General” and “Acting Deputy Director General,” Patrick Tarawalli and Mohamed Samura, respectively.

October
15
2010

Cobertura segura II: prácticas para evitar el peligro

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En este video el periodista y consultor Darío Dávila ofrece algunos consejos puntuales para los periodistas que trabajan en situaciones de alto riesgo.

Unos 40 periodistas mexicanos tomaron un curso de cuatro semanas en línea con el Centro de Periodismo Digital en Guadalajara y después 14 de ellos se reunieron en la Ciudad de México para un curso presencial.

Los participantes crearon un blog para compartir los aprendizajes con todos los colegas mexicano