ICFJ Programs in All Topics

  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Launch a Storytelling Challenge to Spur Innovative Coverage of Health and Development

    Knight International Journalism Fellow Joseph Warungu led the launch of an Africa-wide storytelling contest to encourage better coverage of Africa’s growth, development, health and quality of life. The challenge sought in-depth features; data-driven journalism; and other entries that used innovative tools to engage the public or tell stories.

  • Liberia: Create Commercially Viable Radio Stations Using New Marketing Strategies

    Luisa Handem Piette is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who coached management at four independent newspapers and three radio stations in Liberia to become profitable. She started the Media and Business Sustainability Exchange (MBS), a monthly meeting that brings together Liberian media managers and other members of the business community, including the Liberia Chamber of Commerce. The goal: to help the news media attract clients and educate businesses on the value of buying ads in a country where most advertising still comes from the government and NGOs.

  • Colombia: Use Crowd Sourcing Technology to Track Crime and Corruption

    Knight International Journalism Fellow Ronnie Lovler helped El Tiempo, Colombia’s largest newspaper, develop a website that uses citizen reports to map crime in the capital city of Bogota. Modeled after a similar Fellowship project in Panama, citizens and citizen journalists post information on the map. Lovler trained El Tiempo journalists to use the map to identify trends and produce investigative stories about crime and violence.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Build a Network of Climate-Change Reporters

    As a Knight International Development Fellow, Joachim Buwembo helped form a network of journalists across Africa who cover climate change. His participants now are part of the Baobab Coalition, a cross-border network of journalists reporting on climate change adaptation and sharing resources. The 20-nation initiative launched as part of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Africa Adaptation Program.

  • McGraw-Hill Personal Finance Reporting Online Courses

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has offered two online courses in English and Spanish on covering personal finance for Hispanic journalists and US journalists covering finance issues for minority and immigrant communities. These courses started on July 1 and will end on August 18.

    The courses were open to Spanish-speaking and English-speaking journalists from ethnic media.

  • Serbian Media Managers Professional Development Program

    ICFJ conducted a U.S.-based professional development program for six media managers from Serbia, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through Support for East European Democracy (SEED) assistance to Serbia

    The program is designed to explain the principles and practices of U.S. media industry that help the press retain its freedom and economic viability through observing how U.S.

  • U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism

    "This program is possibly the most important we have in Pakistan, really interesting to see America through their eyes, makes me proud to be an American and hopeful about Pakistan." -- Dr. Stephen P. Cohen; Sr. Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Program, The Brookings Institution

    A multi-year program will bring 230 Pakistani media professionals to the United States and send 70 U.S. journalists to Pakistan.

  • Nigeria: Create New Health Section at Daily Trust newspaper

    As a Knight Health Journalism Fellow, Sunday Dare created an eight-page weekly health section at Daily Trust, the most widely read newspaper in northern Nigeria.

    Working with a team of dedicated health reporters, he increased health coverage at the newspaper from an average of eight stories per month to 27, with in-depth and investigative stories on issues such as AIDS, cancer, cholera, polio, public health facilities, and Lassa fever, a fatal disease carried by rats.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Spurring Innovation and Experimentation in Newsrooms

    Justin Arenstein is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who is helping the African Media Initiative (AMI) to establish a digital innovation program that supports experimentation in newsrooms across Africa. AMI, the continent's largest association of media owners and executives, is working with more than 600 of the most influential media companies in both northern and sub-Saharan Africa.

  • India: Enhance a Cutting-Edge, Multimedia Academy and Help Make it Sustainable

    Chris Conte helped develop the curriculum and sustainability plan for an innovative multimedia academy in India. Launched by ICFJ and Greycells Education, the World Media Academy Delhi equips students with practical, digital skills and international standards needed to succeed in today's emerging, multimedia news environment.

  • The Regional Investigative Journalism Network (RIJN)

    This program challenges the development community to build citizen demand to reduce corruption, fraud, and other criminal activities through increased exposure to professionally-produced investigative journalism. The RIJN program has four objectives:

  • Lideres Digitales: Creating a New Generation of Spanish-Language Multimedia Trainers

    Líderes Digitales launched in March 2011 with a four-week online course on multimedia journalism for a group of U.S.-based Hispanic journalists.

  • Ethiopia: Launch the Country's First Health Journalists' Association

    Elsabet Samuel Tadesse is a Knight Health Journalism Fellow who has led the creation of Ethiopia's first health journalists' association, the Addis Ababa Health Journalists' Initiative. She also launched a half-hour health show called “Tenachin” (Our Health) on Ethiopia’s national television network. The show, which airs every two weeks on the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA), educates the public on key topics such as tuberculosis, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and health extension services.

  • Indonesia: Launch a Mobile Environmental News Service for Rural Communities

    Harry Surjadi recruited and trained more than 150 citizen journalists living in the most-remote areas of Borneo to send news reports via text messaging using the FrontlineSMS system to Ruai TV, a station in the provincial capital. The service also allows subscribers from mainstream media, the government, and activist organizations to receive the news reports.

  • Public Service Journalism for Arabic-speaking Journalists

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) held a six-week online course in Arabic on using digital tools in public service journalism and investigative techniques. The online course was the first part of a program that brought together journalists, citizen journalists and civil society actors from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen. The six-week online course guided 60 participants from the above mentioned countries to work on ideas for multimedia public service journalism projects.

  • Unilever Journalism Exchange Program for Journalists from Ghana

    Samuel Kwaku Agyemang of Metropolitan Television (Metro TV) in Accra participated in the 2011 Unilever Journalism Exchange Program for journalists from Ghana. Agyemang was named the Best Journalist of the Year in Ghana in 2009.

  • Turkish - Armenian - American Journalist Exchange Program

    ICFJ brought together media professionals from Armenia, Turkey and the United States to introduce to them new skills and help develop professional relationships and partnerships that helped all parties better understand—and work with—one another.

  • Training Qatari Journalists on International Editing Standards and Opinion Writing

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has trained Qatari journalists on international editing standards and opinion writing. The 2011 program trained 40 Qatari journalists for 10 days in Doha in January and March, 2011 in corpration with Qatar News Agency.

    Hoda Osman, an ICFJ trainer traveled to Doha, for five days in late January to train up to 40 Qatari journalists on Intetional News Editing Standards, and Daoud Kuttab, another ICFJ trainer, traveled to Doha, for 5 days in late March to train up to 40 Qatari journalists on opinion writing.

  • Professionalism, Pride and Press Freedom: A Holistic Program to Strengthen Media Workers in The Gambia

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has launched a program designed to enhance the skills of journalists in The Gambia and strengthen the institutions that work to defend their rights.

  • Journalism Ethics in the Digital Age: A Training Program for Turkish Media

    ICFJ conducted two online courses, each for 35 journalists (with some taking both courses), followed by an in-person workshop for the 18 best participants. The project focused on journalism ethics and standards in Turkish news media. The first course examined overall ethics and standards, to help journalists from different media companies establish strong ethics frameworks to bring back to their newsrooms. The second course specifically addressed the ethical decision-making issues affecting journalists in the digital age, enabling journalists to meet the needs of Turkey’s rapidly expanding Internet audience. The workshop brought together 18 of the best participants to work on developing a structure for codes of ethics for their news organizations and a broader one for Turkish media as a whole. These efforts raised the bar and encouraged healthy competition between these media companies on an ethical playing field.

  • Peru: Create the First Broadcast Training Center

    Hena Cuevas trained broadcast news reporters and producers in Peru to improve the quality of news reports and increase local news in national coverage. Her partner, the National Association of Local Television Channels (Red TV), is Peru’s largest network of local TV stations, an alliance of 40 independent channels that reaches more than a third of Peru’s TV viewers. She has created a two-person training team that is working with Red TV’s affiliates to improve everything from reporting standards to camera work.

  • Middle East: Start Up Investigative Reporting Teams at Major News Outlets

    At a pivotal time for the Middle East, Knight International Journalism Fellow Amr El-Kahky is launching teams of investigative reporters at news organizations across the region. His efforts have helped journalists gain more access to government documents than ever before, particularly in Jordan and the West Bank. His investigative unit in Jordan uncovered a vote-buying scheme ahead of the November 2010 parliamentary elections. Jordanian reporters also tackled the issue of childhood alcohol addiction—a controversial topic never covered in the past.

  • Haiti: Track Aid Funds to Ensure a Strong Recovery

    Haitian journalists work in a makeshift newsroom at Le Nouvelliste. Their old building was destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake.

    Knight International Journalism Fellow Klarreich established an investigative team at Le Nouvelliste, Haiti’s leading newspaper, which regularly produces stories on the misuse of aid sent to Haiti after the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake. The team broke stories about a land dispute that stopped work at a critically important sanitation plant near a refugee camp. After reading these reports, Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly intervened and construction resumed.

  • Malaysia: Creating a Multimedia News Project

    To fill the void of local news reporting, ICFJ and Malaysiakini will create a network of locally-based citizen journalists trained in journalism skills and armed with high-tech reporting tools. To empower and give voice to marginalized and often abused immigrant workers, the program will bring media trainers from their originating countries to train citizen journalists and help create native language news websites with stories drawn from their experiences throughout the country.

  • Online Course on Digital Tools for Community Radio Journalists

    As part of the Escucha! Taking Community Radio Digital in the Americas program, ICFJ offered two online courses in Spanish to train community radio journalists from Latin America and from Hispanic media in the US.