IJNet Pamela Howard Forum on 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 IJNet Pamela Howard Forum on Crisis Reporting, a project of ICFJ, 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 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 17,500 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.

Journalists Speak to the Challenges of Covering the Israel-Hamas War

May 21, 2024

It has been over seven months since the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas, and no resolution appears in sight. 

As cease-fire negotiations have been unsuccessful, Israel’s military offensive in Gaza, which has killed more than 35,000 Palestinians, continues, intensifying an already dire humanitarian crisis. One hundred twenty eight hostages remain held captive by Hamas, according to Israel. 

Tips for Building a Reporting Calendar

March 5, 2024
From extreme climate events and armed conflicts, to major elections and more, journalists can feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of stories demanding coverage. Even with strong management skills, reporters may regularly find themselves playing catch-up on significant events as they unfold.

IJNet Journalist of the Month: Thalie Ponce

February 29, 2024

When Ecuadorian journalist Thalie Ponce graduated high school at 16, two years ahead of schedule, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do next. 

It was only when she read Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, recommended by a professor during a pre-university course, that she decided to be a journalist

3 Predictions for Media in 2024

February 5, 2024

It’s important for journalists to reflect on the current state of media and identify trends to determine how best to meet the challenges of the changing news landscape. 

How Journalists Can Develop a Successful YouTube Strategy

January 29, 2024
Implementing a YouTube strategy can be a surprisingly effective way for news organizations to achieve a measure of financial sustainability.

Harnessing AI to Drive Positive Change in the Newsroom

January 16, 2024

AI promises to have a transformative effect on journalism. It may disrupt the media landscape, while allowing for new kinds of experimentation in the newsroom.

It’s critical that journalists proactively identify how they can harness this technology to enhance their reporting and the media industry as a whole.

Advice for Covering Elections in the Age of Social Media

December 12, 2023
Globally in 2024, half of the world’s population – over 4 billion people – will be voting in elections. For journalists covering them, knowing how best to utilize social media is key, both to inform audiences and to combat mis- and disinformation.

New Tool Tracks Disinformation Laws Globally

November 17, 2023

Amid the rise in disinformation today, journalists should look into legal measures adopted by countries around the world to combat it.

Advice for Covering the Israel-Hamas War

November 14, 2023

It has been over a month since Hamas attacked Israel, killing more than 1,200 people and taking hostage over 200 more, according to offical Israeli estimates. Israel subsequently declared war on Hamas, launching a bombing campaign and ground invasion of northern Gaza that has killed more than 11,000 people, according to the Gaza health ministry, which is run by Hamas.

How to Make a Profit in the Modern Media Landscape

November 7, 2023

When it comes to running a media outlet, understanding business strategies is just as important as producing high-quality journalism. Informing, educating and holding the powerful accountable may be at the core of the profession, but profitability is what ensures its continued existence.