ICFJ Programs in All Topics

  • 2009 Professional Development Program for Serbian Editors and Media Managers

    2009 Professional Development Program for Serbian Editors

    May 25 - June 4, 2009

    The International Center for Journalists administered a ten-day professional development program for a group of senior Serbian editors.

    Visiting journalists had the unique opportunity to meet with media professionals in the U.S. and participate in in-depth workshops.

  • The Philippines: Tracking Government Efforts to Reduce Poverty

    In the Philippines, Knight International helped journalists investigate the effectiveness of government programs designed to reduce poverty. With officials up for reelection in 2010, Knight Fellow Alex Tizon worked with The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) to determine whether the government delivered on promises to improve conditions. Tizon introduced new digital techniques that will enable major media outlets to gather better information from the poorest provinces.

  • India: Starting a Multimedia Institute in Delhi

    The International Center for Journalists and a group of prominent Indian journalists launched the International Media Institute of India (IMII), an educational center in New Delhi that marries cutting-edge hands-on journalism instruction with the highest international standards.

  • Central America: A Model of Interactive News

    In El Salvador, Knight International helped the premier news Web site elfaro.net enhance its interactive coverage and generate new revenue streams.

  • Bangladesh: Creating the First Women’s Broadcast News Agency

    In a country where women have played a minor role in TV news, Kawser Mahmud has created the country’s first women’s broadcast news agency. The agency is giving women the skills they need to fill key positions in broadcast news at Bangladesh’s 10 newly licensed TV stations—and to produce stories on issues that may be of interest to women viewers.

    Mahmud trained nearly three dozen women as reporters, producers and camera operators at the Television News Agency (TVNA). Most have been scooped up by the new independent TV stations.

  • Zambia: Putting Health News in the Headlines

    Knight International is working to make health reporting a regular beat at one of Zambia's leading newspapers. Knight Fellow Antigone Barton helped to establish the first health desk at the Zambia Daily Mail, one of the country's most influential newspapers. Under her coaching and mentoring, the staff markedly increased the quality and quantity of health stories on topics such as HIV/AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, cholera and malaria. Barton’s fellowship ended in February 2010.

  • NewsU International launches course on journalism and trauma in Persian

    A new self-directed course aims to help Persian-language journalists who cover traumatic events.

    The Trauma and Journalism course in Persian, offered by NewsU International, a partnership partnership between the Poynter Institute and the International Center for Journalists, aims to equip journalists covering human tragedies and crises with better tools to protect themselves from psychological trauma.

  • South Africa: Give Health News a Higher Profile

    Mia Malan launched the first weekly health program at Soweto TV, the largest community TV station in Africa, with more than 1 million viewers. She trained a team to produce high-quality feature reports for the show with a special focus on HIV/AIDS. The half-hour show features topics such as the use and abuse of antiretroviral drugs, male circumcision, attention-deficit disorder and organ transplants.

    In addition to the new half-hour weekly show, health stories on Soweto TV’s daily news reports have increased threefold as a result of Malan’s efforts.

  • Investigative Journalism and Citizen Journalism For Russia

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will present a training program for working professional journalists as well as “citizen journalists” or bloggers in Russia. Working in three cities in diverse regions of Russia – Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok – ICFJ will undertake this work in cooperation with its Russian partner, the Glasnost Defense Foundation (GDF) of Moscow.

  • Bolivia: Use the Web to Strengthen Community Radio

    Knight International created an Internet platform for community radio stations in Bolivia to share programming with one another--and ultimately with major news outlets in the capital.

  • Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), and its partner organization in the Caucasus -- the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) administered a two-year Master's-level certificate program at the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management.

  • Faith in Media: Improving Coverage of Islam and Other Religions

    Participants Jamila Trindle and Andreas Harsono along with Jakartan cameraman Lexy Rambadetta, interview an Ahmadiyah farmer who now lives in a refugee camp because his house was burned to the ground during a Feb. 4, 2006 attack.
    (Credit: Basyiruddin Aziz)

    The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) organized an exciting program that paired U.S. and Muslim-World journalists for joint reporting projects on issues of importance to audiences in both places.

  • Training Program on Health Journalism in Mexico

    Entrevista de la cadena de noticias CNN con la Dra. Toledo Palacios

    Está abierta la convocatoria para participar del taller de capacitación sobre cobertura periodística de temas de salud, el cual tendrá lugar en Puerto Vallarta, México, del 18 al 22 de Noviembre de 2008.

    El taller de capacitación para cubrir temas de salud pretende ofrecerles nuevas herramientas a los periodistas latinoamericanos que trabajan dentro de esta área e igualmente desea contribuir en la formación de aquellos profesionales de la prensa que puedan estar interesados en realizar esta tarea.

  • Regional Health Reporting Conference in Mexico

    Participants Santos Jiménez from Perú, Ángela Ávalos from Costa Rica, and Tamoa Calzadilla from Venezuela, work together during the multimedia reporting session at the Health Journalism Seminar in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

    ICFJ conducted a four-day regional health journalism conference for 35 journalists from 12 Latin American countries. Topical training focused on coverage of cancer, smocking cessation, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

    Journalists learned techniques for analyzing scientific journal articles, making stories of new scientific disclosures and researching medical issues using the Internet. Participants also learn about producing stories for multimedia platforms.

  • Electronic Journalism and International Editing Standards

    Photo by Hoda Osman

    Participants also learned how to write and adapt stories for news Web sites examined and compared news Web sites from Arabic-speaking countries and from countries around the world. Photo by Hoda Osman

    In cooperation with the Prince Ahmed bin Salman Applied Media Institute, ICFJ conducted its first training courses in Saudi Arabia entitled Electronic Journalism and International Editing Standards.

  • The 2008 Professional Development Program for Editors from Macedonia

    Macedonian editor Katerina Blazhevska interviews Daniel Fried

    The International Center for Journalists administered a ten-day intensive professional development program for five senior editors from Macedonia from late October to early November.

    Focusing on topics such as investigative journalism, media convergence, journalism ethics, and newsroom management, the group visited major U.S. news organizations like The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, ProPublica and CBS Evening News. The group also met experts on foreign affairs and U.S.

  • The Election 2008 Visiting Journalists Program

    Readers and listeners all over the world enjoyed special insight into the U.S. presidential election as a result of the Elections 2008 Visiting Journalists Program, which brought 48 journalists from 46 countries to cover the historic campaign and vote.

  • Mexico: Defend Free Expression

    Knight International helped launch a foundation to protect journalists and promote freedom of the press in a country where reporters are increasingly in danger. Knight Fellow Benjamín Fernández educated journalists on how to take advantage of freedom of information laws and counseled them on their own legal rights. Fernandez also created a group of media lawyers willing to defend journalists under threat.

  • Latin America: Regional Digital Journalism Center Takes Root in Mexico

    Since James Breiner launched the Digital Journalism Center at the University of Guadalajara in 2008, the center has grown into a robust institution. It is helping to increase the digital know-how of journalists and media managers across Latin America.

    Breiner has crafted a Spanish-language curriculum for courses he has taught on the challenges and opportunities of digital journalism, entrepreneurial journalism, public-service journalism, journalism safety, covering sustainable development and writing for the web.

  • Investigative Journalism: A Training Program for Egyptian Journalists

    The Investigative Journalism project trained 40 Egyptian journalists in investigative reporting skills through a unique hands-on/online mentoring program that pairs Egypt’s top journalists with younger Egyptian journalists. The focus was to train journalists how to produce and disseminate investigative reports through computer- assisted reporting, and by linking to one another through a “virtual newsroom” online platform.

  • Kenya: Promote Better Health Coverage, Better Policies

    The Kenya Alliance of Health and Science Reporters (KAHSR), a journalism association launched by Knight International Journalism Fellow Rachel Jones, now offers regular training workshops and resources on topics such as new vaccines, children’s health and agricultural research. The association is supported by a grant from the London-based Wellcome Trust. At Alliance workshops, journalists can interact with the country’s leading medical researchers and scientists.

  • The California Clean Air Workshop (III)

    Air pollution has a heavy impact on the Hispanic, Asian, African-American, and other minority communities in California. Our 2008 workshop, the third in a series, focused on pollution in the San Joaquin Valley.

  • Scripps Howard Latin American Media Ethics Seminar

    The Scripps Howard Latin American Media Ethics Seminar assisted news media and journalists in Latin America to identify common threads of professional behavior, stimulate a dialogue about journalism independence, discuss country-specific principles of conduct, and encourage participants to reflect on their own personal code of ethics and to continue the discussion about ethics in their own newsrooms. This program was sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation.

  • Arabic: Building News Web Sites

    ICFJ’s first online course covered the development and strategy behind creating quality news Web sites for Arabic-speaking journalists.

  • Personal Finance Reporting: An Online Guide to Connecting with Hispanic Audiences

    Improving Personal Finance Literacy in Hispanic Communities: A Training Program for Latino Journalists


    The Hispanic Personal Finance Reporting Program of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) provided hands-on training to Latino journalists working at Spanish-and English-language news organizations in the United States. Between 10 and 15 journalists from print, radio, television and on-line media outlets participated in a two-day workshop.