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.

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Countering State-Based COVID-19 Public Health Disinformation: Remote Training for Journalists and Media

As disinformation around public health issues has become more prevalent, journalists and media professionals must navigate a complex information environment to report effectively around public health crises like COVID-19. 

ICFJ has partnered with CRDF Global, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, to provide journalists with the skills and strategies to properly identify and counter disinformation around health security issues. 

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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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Africa Regional Journalism Workshops

In partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Africa Regional Services (ARS), the International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) is excited to provide an in-depth training program focused on equipping African journalists with relevant resources, tools, and knowledge covering existing and new challenges, such as COVID-19 and disinformation.

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

South Asia Journalism Workshop

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

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Facebook South Africa COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Application

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is partnering with the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) to administer nine grants to independent local news organizations in South Africa that are producing quality journalism amidst the COVID-19 crisis. This grant program will provide urgent financial support for independent publishers with a special focus

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ICFJ-Facebook Training & Reporting Grants Program: Reporting on Refugee Communities Amidst a Pandemic

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is pleased to partner with Facebook Journalism Project on a training program that allows journalists across the Middle East and North Africa to produce high-quality and engaging stories that shine a light on life in refugee camps at this time of the coronavirus pandemic. The program equips journalists with the skills, resources, and technical support needed to produce compelling reports that surface underreported stories from refugee camps across countries with large refugee communities such as Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. With an emphasis on the direct and indirect consequences of COVID-19 on an already struggling community. The goal is to ensure that this vulnerable community is not forgotten during the global pandemic.

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The Belt and Road Initiative: A Study Tour for Arab Journalists

Participants from ICFJ's 2018 Reporting Tour for Arab Journalists, with Program Assistant Tabitha Richmond.
China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has raised questions about the regional power’s growing global influence. To date, more than 60 countries have either indicated interest in or signed on to projects under the project that promised to generate investment and employment in some of the world’s poorest countries. Nearly
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Empowering Dominican Media Leaders for a Brighter Tomorrow

In the Dominican Republic there is a generational gap in the media. Working with U.S. and Dominican media experts, ICFJ will foster a community of up to 60 trained young media leaders, including journalists, academics and civil society representatives, who can strengthen freedom and democratic values, including human rights, diversity and acceptance of minorities. Each workshop will have 15 participants.