Our practical, hands-on programs guide reporters and editors in Asia and the Pacific to produce reliable, high-quality coverage that enriches the lives of the people these journalists serve. We empower journalists to do their jobs more effectively. We help build professionalism and lay the foundation for independent media, encouraging positive systemic change that resonates long after the training has ended.
The International Media Institute of India (IMII) in New Delhi, a non-profit educational center marries cutting-edge, hands-on journalism instruction with the highest international standards.
The institute is run in collaboration with leading Indian editors, who conceived the idea for the school when they experienced difficulty in finding skilled entry-level journalists to hire. ICFJ’s partner is the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), a non-profit Indian think-tank that promotes debate on contemporary issues among journalists and concerned citizens and encourages quality journalism training.
The institute is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Graduate School of Journalism of the City University of New York (CUNY) is providing curriculum support. http://www.imii.co.in/
Knight International worked with newspapers and radio stations to create weekly environmental reports in Indonesia, a country facing deforestation, overfishing, mining and pollution. Knight International Fellow Harry Surjadi partnered with Kompas Gramedia Group to vastly increase coverage of the environment, prompting better government policies.
With help from his partner organization, Surjadi launched dedicated weekly environmental supplements at two newspapers: the Tribun Pekanbaru and Pos Kupang. SingFM radio created a talk show focused on environmental issues such as availability of and access to potable water.
He also coached reporters who produced an investigative story about the illegal disposal of hospital waste into the drinking-water supply. As a result, the government ordered a clean-up and issued new regulations governing disposal of hazardous waste.
Surjadi also trained journalists in Indonesia and journalism students in East Timor to research environmental issues, raising the quality of reporting. http://www.knight.icfj.org/OurWork/FellowshipsOverview/IndonesiaEnvironmental/tabid/1207/Default.aspx
The international business journalism master's program at Tsinghua University aims to create a cadre of top-notch business reporters and editors, who can produce clear, balanced and insightful coverage of China’s markets and the global economy. Tsinghua University, one of China’s premier research and teaching institutions, hosts seminars, briefings and field trips to supplement the demanding program. The program’s faculty also organize parallel training workshops for working journalists throughout the academic year. Bloomberg News contributed ten Bloomberg terminals for the program’s business media lab to provide students with access to real-time information and data in the business world.
The founding sponsors of the program are Merrill Lynch, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bloomberg, and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, which form a unique partnership between business and media organizations. http://www.icfj.org/OurWork/AsiaPacific/TsinghuaGlobalBusinessProgram/tabid/315/Default.aspx
The International Center for Journalists is developing a strong, professional and sustainable media sector across East Timor. Goals include improving the ability of Timorese journalists to produce and disseminate high quality news and information to all citizens.
ICFJ is training professional journalists and students. ICFJ advisors are helping to draft a comprehensive media law that will protect freedom of speech and freedom of information for print, broadcast and online journalists. http://www.icfj.org/easttimor
ICFJ helped television and print media in Indonesia recover in the wake of the Dec. 26, 2004, earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 125,000 people.
Knight International Journalism Fellows provided training in the city of Banda Aceh on newspaper business management, photojournalism, print journalism and television journalism.