International Journalists' Network (IJNet)

“IJNet is my best reference for content for journalists. The posts on social media are always useful, the interaction with the reader is active, and the contact with partners is done in a simple and effective way. The international network of producers supplying IJNet is critical to the quality of the news. I'm a fan and I share the material with my community.”

- Verônica Machado, digital journalist and manager of Jornalista 3.0, Brasília, Brazil

IJNet is an essential resource for aspiring and professional journalists worldwide who want to strengthen their skills, advance their careers and prepare for the daily challenges they face in the often-embattled and ever-evolving role of truth-teller. Its website is a one-stop shop for journalism news and opportunities, aggregating fellowships, grants, awards and more from around the world. 

But IJNet doesn’t simply deliver the latest news and tips to reporters’ inboxes or on the web — it connects them with the international journalism community on their favorite platforms and in eight global languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

In 2017, Egyptian journalist Nehal El-Sherif used IJNet to discover the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize — an award which she won, thanks to her work covering Egyptian women’s independent financial savings practices. 

Filipino journalist Jake Soriano has used IJNet to find a Thomson Reuters Foundation fellowship to attend a course on reporting human trafficking and modern slavery in London. “The course was extremely helpful as I had then been covering human trafficking,” he said. “In London, I met previous IJNet Journalists of the Month Christy Ejiogu and Shaun Swingler, who I still get to chat with now and then on our WhatsApp group.” 

In 2016, UK journalist Olivia Crellin received a One World Media production grant to travel to Ecuador and film a documentary about a transgender couple — an opportunity she found on IJNet.

A Critical Resource for Journalists

For journalists working in restrictive reporting environments, IJNet helps them understand and prepare for the challenges with timely coverage of such issues as physical and digital security and the spread of government propaganda and misinformation. We publish advice on topics such as working as a photojournalist in high-risk environments and strategies for detecting online surveillance. In outlining strategies for debunking fake photos, we gave journalists in countries where misinformation abounds the tools to spot fake news.

IJNet also equips journalists with the information they need to navigate today’s complex, rapidly evolving digital media sphere, publishing resources on building one’s personal brand, navigating freelance contracts, engaging audiences and more. And aware of the acute challenges faced by women in journalism, we have published insights into combating harassment — both in the newsroom and online — and highlighted the benefits of mentorship for women journalists.

The IJNet Mentoring Center

The IJNet Arabic Mentoring Center gives digital media entrepreneurs the skills and resources they need to take their startups to the next level in one of the world’s most challenging regions for journalists. Read more about the program and how to apply here.

Pitch to IJNet

In 2016, IJNet gave readers of all nationalities and experience levels the chance to pitch original story ideas to the site. Using this feature, IJNet has published writers from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and more.

The IJNet Forum

In 2017, IJNet developed a private Facebook community, the IJNet Forum, to give its readers a space to connect with one another. In its first year, more than 3,000 people joined the group. Through this group, readers regularly share and discuss the latest trends and opportunities in global media. Many members have used the Forum to discover even more resources, seek advice from fellow members and to share their knowledge with other truth tellers who are part of world’s largest global network of journalists.

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