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.

As part of our Forum initiative in five languages, reporters learn from leading experts through regular webinar programming on urgent issues of the day. They access new reporting resources from our International Journalists’ Network (IJNet). They share information through online groups and collaborate with each other to tell cross-border stories. The initiative builds on the success of the ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum, launched when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Today, our growing community is made up of over 13,000 members from all over the world, who are countering disinformation and informing the public despite enormous challenges. See our impact and get involved below.

Just as almost every reporter became a “health reporter” during the pandemic, the global challenges ahead will demand that journalists build expertise to meet future crises. They demand an independent media to accurately and contextually report on both the global and local realities of the world’s most pressing issues.

We are honored to name this crucial initiative after ICFJ Vice Chair Pamela Howard, a staunch, dedicated supporter of our work for over 20 years.

Tips for Incorporating Scientific Research Into Your Reporting

June 3, 2022

Research studies, crisis reports and documents from experts are important resources for providing well-researched trends that explain complex global crises.

However, research records can often be lengthy, boring and difficult for reporters to transform into engaging stories, but  this doesn’t have to be the case.

ICFJ’s Global Crisis Reporting Forum Now Offering Trainings, Resources in Arabic

May 10, 2022

Arabic-speaking journalists have a valuable new resource to deepen their coverage of conflict, migration, climate change, health crises and more – ICFJ’s Pamela Howard Forum on Global Crisis Reporting.

The Forum, already available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, has expanded to serve Arabic speakers. Across five languages, the initiative connects journalists with resources, experts and each other to enhance reporting on critical global issues of local importance.

Reporting Amid Declining Press Freedom

May 2, 2022

Threats against independent media are increasing globally. From a lack of support for journalists in hostile environments to growing government censorship and oppression of reporters, there are many reasons to be pessimistic about the state of press freedom.

Ethical Tips for Journalists Reporting on Conflict

April 29, 2022

With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entering its third month, the work of journalists continues to be instrumental in informing the world on alleged war crimes and civilian suffering. While covering the events in Ukraine – as well as other conflicts where journalists are at risk, from Afghanistan to Yemen – reporters need to know both hard safety skills and the complex ethical considerations unique to reporting on conflicts.

Safety Tips for Journalists in Conflict Zones

April 25, 2022

Journalists can be prime targets when reporting in conflict zones. By relaying critical information on the ground, and by revealing stories of atrocities and war crimes, journalists can be at risk by those who want the facts of the conflict hidden, said Abeer Saady, a trainer and media specialist

Newsletters for Crisis Reporting: How to Start and Succeed

April 18, 2022

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Участники сети ICFJ могут подать заявки на гранты, цель которых – противостоять усилению цензуры и росту дезинформации, возникшим в результате войны в Украине

March 25, 2022

Международный центр для журналистов предлагает два вида грантов, доступных для участников нашей сети из стран бывшего СССР и Восточной Европы. Цель этих грантов – противостоять росту дезинформации, усилению цензуры и репрессий в отношении независимых медиа и помочь информировать аудиторию, не имеющую доступа к достоверной информации.

ICFJ Network Members Eligible for Grants to Challenge Growing Censorship and Disinformation as a Result of the Ukraine War

March 25, 2022

The International Center for Journalists is making two kinds of grants available to members of our network in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to address the increase in disinformation, censorship and crackdowns on independent media, and to help inform audiences who lack access to reliable information. 



Tips for Reporting on Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

February 25, 2022

Early in the morning of Thursday, February 24, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in what is the most significant military attack in Europe since World War II. Ordered by President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s invasion follows its annexation in 2014 of the Crimean peninsula, and eight years of support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine since.

Peering Into the Crystal Ball: Predictions and Trends for Journalism in 2022

February 7, 2022

Trends in journalism are important for publishers and journalists to analyze in order to effectively prepare for a future that may look very different than our present.

During a recent ICFJ Pamela Howard Forum on Global Crisis Reporting webinarSam Guzik of the Future Today Institute, and Nic Newman from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism shared their insights on what is shaping the news industry today, and how this will inform what is next for newsrooms and audiences.