ICFJ Programs in All Topics

  • Malaysia: Design a Business Model for Robust Citizen Journalism

    In a country where the government restricts traditional media, Ross Settles helped Malaysiakini, the leading independent news site, to expand its offerings and improve profitability. He developed more than 30 hyper-local sites that for the first time cover communities outside Kuala Lumpur.

    Now, 144 citizen journalists provide a regular stream of news reports to the Komunitikini website. To boost traffic, Settles helped to develop a system of tagging Komunitikini stories by location, category and theme.

  • Capacity Development of Media Institutions Leaders in Yemen

    ICFJ provided hands-on training and mentoring to Yemeni media managers in order to give them the knowledge and skills to run their newsrooms as professionally and effectively as possible. The program structure included three phases: a two-week media management course, three months of online mentoring, and a two-week in-person follow up consultancy.

  • Online Course on Multimedia Tools

    The International Center for Journalists offered two online courses for U.S. journalists on using multimedia tools this past summer. The courses were for Hispanic and minority journalists in the U.S., and were conducted in both English and Spanish. The courses focused on a variety of multimedia offerings – from audio focused specifically on using multimedia and digital tools to cover personal finance issues, and will took place from June 28 through July 21.

  • Sierra Leone: Launch the First Public Broadcasting Service

    Stephen Douglas launched the country’s first media training center at the new Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), and served as its interim director. He coordinated all journalism and media management training funded by groups such as Deutsche Welle, Journalists for Human Rights, BBC World Service Trust and the United Nations. Courses range from media law and basic radio reporting to journalism ethics and TV camera operation.

  • Reporting Across Cultures: Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age

    Journalists from across the Arab world, North America, Europe, Pakistan and Indonesia participated in an online training course entitled “Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age.” Select participants were chosen to participate in a conference in Alexandria, Egypt in February 2010 that focused on freedom of expression and reporting on Muslim-West relations.

  • Panama: Develop a New System to Map and Investigate Crime and Corruption

    Citizens can use the map to report a wide range of crimes, giving details about the time and location of each incident.

    Jorge Luis Sierra developed a successful digital mapping platform called Mi Panama Transparente that uses crowd sourcing to pinpoint instances of crime and corruption in Panama. Now, Sierra has launched the digital map in Mexico and worked closely with a Knight Fellow in Colombia to do the same.

    As in Panama, Sierra has put together a strong coalition of partners in Mexico.

  • 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.

  • Escucha! Taking Community Radio Digital in the Americas

    The International Center for Journalists aims to build stronger and better-informed communities of Latin American immigrants by creating a corps of community radio reporters and citizen journalists who will develop and share higher-quality multimedia programming across stations and borders.

  • India: Make Government Data More Accessible to Journalists

    Kannaiah Venkatesh's new association, Journalists for eGovernance and Transparency, helps reporters and freedom-of-information activists use the 2005 Right to Information (RTI) Act to produce investigative stories. The association protects the identity of journalists and activists seeking information by submitting RTI requests on their behalf, critically important in the region.

  • Zambia: Ramp up Health Coverage to Save Lives

    Zarina Geloo launched the country’s first weekly health page in the Times of Zambia, the country’s largest daily newspaper. She trained a team of a dozen reporters to cover issues such as AIDS prevention, malaria, measles and cancer.

    A front-page story on a measles epidemic led to a government vaccination campaign targeting 1.6 million people. A series on typhoid cases from contaminated drinking water in the capital triggered a government investigation and a new water treatment program.

  • Senegal: Shedding Light on Poverty Issues

    Manuela Huyghues Despointes, a French journalist with extensive experience in Francophone Africa, is working with the daily newspaper L’Observateur and its sister radio station RFM, to produce daily coverage of poverty-related issues that receive scant media attention.

    Recent stories focused on high health-care costs at public hospitals, coastal erosion threatening to displaced residents, and a heavily polluted canal in the middle of the capital.

  • On the Margins No More: Citizen Journalism Training for Egyptian Women and Youth

    This 11-month training program has been extended to early 2013. it promotes the concept of citizen journalism, where members of the public play an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information through traditional and non-traditional media outlets.

  • Seminar on Future Energy: Sustainable Energy for a Low-carbon World

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    The International Center for Journalists selected 13 participants to participate in a Seminar on Future Energy: Sustainable Energy for a Low-carbon World in Samsø Island, Denmark on December 11-13, 2009.

  • Brazil: Tapping the Power of Citizen Journalists to Increase Coverage of Poverty

    Bruno Garcez is helping Brazil’s top media outlets to include multimedia reports from citizen journalists on important issues such as land reform and pollution prior to presidential and general elections in October.

    Garcez is partnering with ABRAJI, the leading investigative journalism association, and the daily Folha de Sao Paulo to incorporate reports produced by trained citizen journalists. Already, 20 citizen reporters in Sao Paolo are producing stories and posting them on a common blog, Mural Brasil.

  • Early Childhood Development Conference in Senegal

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) administered a training focused on improving coverage on childhood development, the first of its kind. The Early Childhood Development (ECD) movement seeks to get more resources devoted to health and education of children in the critical early years from 0- 8.

  • Encourager les réformes juridiques dans le secteur des le secteur des médias et renforcer les organisations de médias au Sénégal

    Le Centre international pour les journalistes (ICFJ) a lancé un programme en partenariat avec le plus important syndicat de journalistes au Sénégal. Il s’agit d’un projet dont l’objectif est d’appuyer les professionnels des médias, en vue de travailler avec plus d’efficacité dans la promotion des libertés et la protection des journalistes.

    Le programme, démarré en octobre 2009, dure trente mois.

  • Promoting Media Law Reforms and Strengthening Media Associations in Senegal

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    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) concluded it's successful “Strengthening the Truth Tellers” program after 30 months of working to support Senegalese journalists and media organizations.

  • Mozambique: Bring Rural Health Issues to National Attention

    Savana reporter Salane Muchanga (left), a trainee of Knight Fellow Sayagues, interviews a Maputo resident on health concerns.

    From her base at the weekly newspaper Savana in Maputo, Mozambique, Knight Health Journalism Fellow Mercedes Sayagues produced health coverage that transformed reporting at news organizations across the country.

  • Ghana: Tackle Poverty, Engage Citizens with a New Health Radio Show

    Knight Fellow Sylvia Vollenhoven is interviewed on Joy FM about her mission to improve coverage of poverty-related issues.

    Sylvia Vollenhoven created a weekly radio show that has transformed coverage of social issues and poverty in Ghana. On the popular “Hotline” show, Joy FM, the country’s top English language station, reporters have produced NPR-quality documentaries on topics ranging from the plight of illegal miners and the threat of erosion on fishing villages to the consequences of chronic flooding that kills dozens and leaves thousands homeless every year.

  • World Affairs Journalism Fellowships

    The World Affairs Journalism Fellowships are intended for experienced journalists and editors from America's community-based media outlets. The goal is to give them an opportunity to establish the connections between local-regional issues and what is happening abroad.

  • Tanzania: Put the Spotlight on Rural Development

    Joachim Buwembo helped to create Kilimo Kwanza (Agriculture First), now a financially vibrant weekly publication focusing on agriculture issues. The eight-page supplement is published in English and Kiswahili by the Guardian Newspapers, the country’s top independent newspaper group.

    Since it began, the supplement has featured more than 200 stories. Some reports led to new bank loans for farmers to buy imported tractors that lay idle as well as to increased government investment in dairy equipment and irrigation.

  • Serbia: Building a Business Journalism Dynamo in the Balkans

    Miodrag Savic turned the leading independent news agency in Serbia into a business-reporting powerhouse in the Balkans. He introduced many new innovations that have strengthened the agency editorially and financially.

    Savic developed teams of aggressive beat reporters and created the first Serbo-Croatian manual of business terminology for them. He launched the country’s only Web site that solicits news tips from citizens across the region. He convinced the agency’s management to institute weekly quality reviews to make sure the editorial staff maintains the high standards set during the fellowship. He also created a mobile news delivery service to inform clients of stories breaking on the wire. This helped attract new business.

    Savic, former Belgrade bureau chief for The Associated Press, helped Beta’s reporters to break away from a tradition of accepting official information at face value. That alone has had huge impact. Reporters double checked government-issued statistics showing the country emerging from recession only to discover that the government was using a new method to analyze data that skewed the results. When the reporters reassessed the data comparing apples to apples, they determined that the economy was still in dire straits. Bureau reporters he trained uncovered an increase in injuries on construction sites because of unqualified day laborers. In response, officials announced they would double inspections of construction sites.

  • Immigration Coverage: An Online Course for Journalists in the Americas

    As a continuation of ICFJ's Training Program on Coverage of Immigration, the center offered an online course on immigration coverage for journalists from Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic media.As a continuation of ICFJ's Training Program on Coverage of Immigration, the center offered an online course on immigration coverage for journalists from Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic media.

  • India: Use Mobile Technology to Bring News to Isolated Tribal Communities

    Knight International Journalism Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary’s mobile news service CGnet Swara (Voice of Chhattisgarh) transformed how people in remote areas of India receive and share news.

    The system, developed with the help of Microsoft Research India, allows people to use mobile phones to send and listen to audio reports in their local language. This service circumvents India’s ban on private radio news and reaches people who never before had access to local news.

  • The High School Journalism Education Program (HSJEP)

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and iEARN-USA recruited journalists from Oman to work as mentors in The High School Journalism Education Program (HSJEP).

    The mentors had the chance to work as trainers in a high school in Oman, providing face-to-face and online guidance on quality journalism to educators, as well as facilitating summer internship opportunities for select students from each school.