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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

February
2
2010

A Shining Example

An award from the Minister of Health is just one prize for Daily Mail's malaria reporting, as journalists see rates of the disease drop.

January
30
2010

Plane talk about apricot-sized hearts

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Editors Note: Repairing tiny faulty hearts in Maputo - what's Tina Turner got to do with it?In our busy interconnected lives, the only spaces where we are off-line and off-cellphone may be the shower and the airplane. Showers one mostly takes alone. Planes are a collective space but we, mass travel sufferers and on-line junkies, act as if they weren’t.

We shut down and hunker into our individual bubble without even a hello to the next passenger. We use flight time to read, work, doze, or just be, as Greta Garbo would say: Ah-lone.

It is understandable.

January
19
2010

The Chandler Bing Complex

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Those who've watched the TV show "Friends" might recall that the characters never knew exactly what was the job of one of their best mates, Chandler Bing.

Well, for well over a month I knew how it was to be in Chandler Bing's shoes, although, on my behalf, I must add that what I am doing is far more exciting than working in a data processing job, like Chandler.

First of all, there isn`t a title, as I had in the past: correspondent, producer, reporter, none of those fit the mould.

I had, and still have, to come up with a tagline, which went something along these lines:

" I`m recruit

January
19
2010

Earthquakes & Media Freedoms

Editors Note: Media freedoms in Ghana compromise credibility of news.

This morning thousands of people all over Ghana arrived late for work and they were exhausted from being up all night… all for the same reason. No, it had nothing to do with a sports match in a different time zone. Ghanaians everywhere did not sleep because they feared an earthquake.

January
16
2010

Digital journalism course opens with participants from 10 Latin American countries

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This is the second time the course has been offered, and there are updated course materials as well as a new platform.

This weekend the Center for Digital Journalism will start offering a five-week online course called "The Challenge and Opportunities of Digital Journalism" for 48 participants. 

There are two sections of the class, one of practicing journalism professionals and one of professors at the University of Guadalajara, where the Center is based.

January
15
2010

Politico.com gana casi un millón, la mayor parte del impreso

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Es muy irónica la noticia de que Politico.com, el destacado sitio web sobre la política estadounidense, ganó $US 900.000 el año pasado debido principalmente a su edición impresa.

Aunque la edición en papel alcanza solamente 26.000 ejemplares los días cuando el Congreso está en sesión, la mayor parte de los ingresos provienen de la publicidad.

En cambio, su sitio web recibe a 600.000 usuarios diarios y solo el 40% de los ingresos generados por la publicidad.

January
14
2010

Hispanic journalism students produce multimedia news in Spanish, English

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The journalism students at California state are learning to be "multilingüe, multimedia y multicultural" Hispanic students at California State University at Northridge publish their own multimedia web page and blogs, called El Nuevo Sol, with stories in Spanish and English. Above is a screenshot from a blog on performing arts called Trendz LA that is part of the site.

Jóvenes indocumentados luchan por educarse from Jessica Retis

January
2
2010

Two editors at the Zambia Daily Mail died on Christmas day

The deaths of two editors sadden colleagues and send a message. Two of my colleagues at the Zambia Daily Mail died on Christmas day, casting, as the newspaper's story the next day said, a dark cloud over us.

Both died after illnesses, that were not described in the story.

Mr. Pelekelo Liswaniso the newspaper's production editor was 50 years old. Ms. Diana Zulu, sports editor was 39.

Both had been amongst us long enough and recently enough for their loss to be jarring as well as very, very sad.

December
30
2009

Internet gana cuota de publicidad mientras que los periódicos pierden

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La publicidad en Internet está amenazando con sobrepasar a la de los periódicos en pocos años.

December
30
2009

Mejor comenzar el proyecto en lugar de perfeccionar el concepto

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Pero algunos periodistas veteranos no quieren publicar un blog por temor de mostrarse inexpertos en el tema. No quieren presentarse como principiantes.