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ICFJ Knight Fellows to foster innovation in U.S. newsrooms with US$3.4 million program expansion

ICFJ Knight Fellows to foster innovation in U.S. newsrooms with US$3.4 million program expansion

IJNet | January 05, 2016

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) today announced it will expand its Knight International Journalism Fellows program to bring global media innovations to newsrooms across the U.S.

The expansion, which will fund 11 fellows over three years, is made possible with US$3.4 million in new support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Fellows will strengthen their ties with U.S. media outlets by working in areas like newsroom transformation, journalistic tools and technologies, investigative reporting, audience engagement, journalists’ safety and more.

Over the years, ICFJ Knight Fellows have developed more than 150 journalism tools that have shifted the international media landscape. Some of these tools include Code for Nigeria’s Dodgy Doctors tool, which helps Nigerians learn if their doctors are con artists; Salama, an app developed by Knight Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra that helps journalists evaluate threat levels before entering high-risk areas; and NarcoData, a platform that investigates and charts the influence of Mexico’s drug cartels on society.

ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan said the expansion will ensure a more reciprocal flow of ideas to and from the U.S., allowing for even more opportunities to advance journalism everywhere.

“We are tremendously excited about this new Knight support because it will allow ICFJ to bring exciting media innovations from the developing world to the U.S.,” Barnathan said in a press release. “With previous Knight funding, we brought technologies from the U.S. to Latin America, Asia and Africa. Now, we will close the loop to ensure the flow of new ideas has no borders.”

IJNet will feature the experiences and insights of these 11 new fellows each week here on the Knight International Media Innovators blog.

Pictured [left to right]: Joyce Barnathan, Mariana Santos, Justin Arenstein, Vivienne Irikefe and Sandra Crucianelli.

Main image taken by Carolina Wilson.

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