South Asia

Leap: ICFJ's News Innovation Lab

ICFJ’s goal is to identify the most pressing challenges affecting journalism and its mission to serve the public. Addressing those challenges requires creativity – and the time and support to think innovatively. That’s where ICFJ’s Leap news innovation program comes in.

Leap: ICFJ's News Innovation Lab

ICFJ’s goal is to identify the most pressing challenges affecting journalism and its mission to serve the public. Addressing those challenges requires creativity – and the time and support to think innovatively. That’s where ICFJ’s Leap news innovation program comes in.

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

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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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Digital Security Training for Journalists in South Asia

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The International Center for Journalists, in partnership with PROTO, will host a six-episode webinar series focused on digital security; it's designed to support those reporting on sensitive issues in South Asia. 

Hans Staiger Investigative Reporting Award

Journalists in the global network of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) are invited to apply for the Hans Staiger Investigative Reporting Award to pursue an investigative project of their choosing. Applicants should submit a project idea that seeks to uncover hidden truths, expose wrongdoing, and reveal information that holds the powerful to account.

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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. 

TruthBuzz: Making the Truth Go Viral

TruthBuzz recruited five full-time Fellows to work in newsrooms in some of the most populous nations: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and the United States. The Fellows will help reporters adopt compelling storytelling methods that improve the reach and impact of fact-checking and help “inoculate” audiences against false or misleading information.