Critical-Issues Reporting

We give journalists the expertise to cover complex topics.

From the global health pandemic to economic instability, from migration to religious strife, ICFJ’s programs help journalists better cover issues vital to people’s well-being.

Covering Global Crises

Disarming Disinformation: Empowering the Truth

Disinformation is a rampant problem and can have terrible, even deadly, consequences. It’s time to turn the page, to support and amplify innovative strategies that can combat dangerous falsehoods. It's time to identify and reveal the networks behind viral pieces of false content, and to make sure the next generation

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The Tsinghua Global Business Journalism Program (GBJ)

2017 Fall semester students visit the Beijing Review with Rick Dunham, GBJ Program Co-Director

Students selected for the Global Business Journalism Program (GBJ) learn how to cover global economics, financial markets and companies, with a spotlight on the China experience. All courses in the master's degree program are taught in English by renowned scholars and top foreign correspondents and journalists. Special attention is given to comparative studies of Chinese and Western stocks, bonds, currencies and government policies. Courses emphasize practical, hands-on training.

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Arthur F. Burns Fellowship

Each year, outstanding media professionals from the United States, Canada and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other's countries as part of The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program. The program offers young journalists, age 40 and under, the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as "foreign correspondents" for their hometown news organizations.

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WHO Road Safety Reporting

In partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO),  ICFJ has previously extended opportunities to over 350 journalists from 45 countries to participate in road safety reporting programs. These training sessions and global conferences work to deepen participants’ knowledge and expand their access to experts with the goal of raising awareness and spurring dialogue around critical – yet underreported – road safety issues. 

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ICFJ Pamela Howard Forum on Global Crisis Reporting

Disinformation, disease, climate change,  rising authoritarianism, financial crises, technology disruptions  these are just some of the challenges facing our world, and they do not stop at any border. Trained journalists, who understand how to effectively cover these seismic and overlapping events, are vital to finding solutions. The ICFJ Pamela Howard Forum on Global Crisis Reporting is designed to equip journalists with the expertise to provide meaningful coverage of critical global issues of local importance.

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Stemming the Tide of Intolerance: A Network of South Asian Journalists to Promote Religious Freedom

South Asia has a vibrant media landscape; however, coverage of religion is often limited and only explored within the framework of major political events. Journalists are regularly censored by the government and often targeted by extremist and secularist groups for their work, preventing them from shining a light on issues affecting religious minorities. ICFJ will bring together a group of journalists and digital influencers in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and enable them to illuminate the underlying factors fueling religious persecution.  The program aims to create a lasting regional network dedicated to engaging audiences around news perspectives that embrace diversity and advance religious freedoms.
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Just the Facts: Investigative Journalism in Pursuit of Truth and Transparency


The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in partnership with the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI), will build the capacity and deepen the professional knowledge of Sri Lankan journalists and editors by providing them with the skills to conduct investigations, identify reliable sources, and fact-check information.
Participating journalists and editors will

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Strengthening Journalism Education in Georgia

With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is partnering with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the Arizona State University (ASU) to equip Georgian media educators with the resources, skills, knowledge, and connections needed to strengthen their pedagogical approach and empower the next generation of Georgian journalists to advance a free and vibrant media.  

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Strengthening Digital Security for Journalists and Civil Society Advocates in Latin America

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in partnership with the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers (BCJB), is offering trainings on digital security for Latin American reporters and civil society representatives. The goal is to help journalists and civil society in Latin America protect their information, data, devices and communications against digital security risks. This is an ICFJ global security initiative which includes a self-paced online course and webinar series. It is supported by the Meta Journalism Project.

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WHO Violence Prevention Reporting Program

Despite its scale and impact, violence against children is rarely covered in the media outside of one-off stories around specific incidents. Little attention is given to its direct impact on families and children, much less, its toll on socioeconomic development and public health. Violence prevention efforts, which require societal and political