Tag: ijnet

by Raymond Joseph

“If you build it, they will come” is the classic line uttered by the character played by Kevin Costner in the 1989 hit movie “Field of Dreams.” It tells the story of an Iowa farmer who keeps hearing voices telling him to plough up his corn fields and build a baseball stadium in the middle […] more »

by James Breiner

Getting laid off is not always a bad thing for a journalist. In the case of Manuel Benito Ingelmo, it created an opportunity for him to develop something he had been thinking about for a long time. Benito Ingelmo was a business journalist in Salamanca, Spain, with an interest in statistics and data visualization. He […] more »

by Sam Berkhead

Since its inception, Twitter has been one of the most exciting ways to deliver and read the news. But for Twitter’s 316 million active monthly users, it can be a challenge to know exactly who to follow to get this news, especially as live events unfold. That’s why Twitter recently unveiled Moments, a feature that […] more »

by Sam Berkhead

It’s all about the evidence. David Donald, a data journalist in residence at the American University School of Communication, stressed this fact during a recent talk with visiting Pakistani journalists from ICFJ’s U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism. “Everything I talk about is in the context of evidence,” Donald said. “Investigative reporting is about evidence; data […] more »

by Catherine Gicheru

The launch of the Kenya Open Data Initiative in July 2011 led to the release of hundreds of data sets which, for a few discerning journalists and editors, opened up a new way of discovering, reporting and disseminating news. From the new data sets, journalists can learn details about budget allocations to Kenyan counties and […] more »

by Babatunde Akpeji

What options are available to backwater communities that want to attract government attention or media interest? In Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, some members of such communities were eager to tell their stories about health challenges, environmental degradation and poor infrastructure. But they lacked the skills to do so. Their break came when the International Center […] more »

by Chris Roper

It’s a truism, albeit an often neglected one, that journalists should write stories for particular, defined audiences, not for themselves, their peers or some fondly cherished but imaginary ideal reader. In too many cases, this is an instinctive process. A journalist embodies the particular brand he or she works for, the audience is a construct […] more »

by Juan Manuel Casanueva

Implementing technology projects in newsrooms or media organizations that traditionally don’t have tech support can be quite a challenge. Here are five suggestions for those starting such a tech endeavor, based on my work with technologists and media organizations in Latin America. 1. Choose the right tech partner(s) First, it is important to note that […] more »

by Christopher Guess

Journalism has always been obsessed with perfection. The story will be dead to rights, if the copy desk uses a semi-colon instead of an em-dash. If a headline’s wrong, there will be hell to pay come the news meeting tomorrow morning. There is nothing wrong with this. In fact, it’s fantastic. Papers of record should, […] more »

by Jorge Luis Sierra

More than ever before, journalists who work in dangerous zones understand the importance of technology to improve safety and reduce risk. Xiomara Orellana, Daniela Aguilar, Ernesto Aroche, and Javier Garcia are four such journalists. Their experiences provide useful examples of what can be achieved with proper security training and the right technologies. Orellana, an investigative […] more »