Category: International

From newsgames in Russia, to citizen journalism in Kenya, creative journalists confront hostile media environments

From a media outlet that pays citizens to report from remote areas of Kenya to a portal that uses humor as its main strategy to inform Russians, journalism faces different challenges in different cultural and social contexts. Creativity, however, seems to be a common skill that media entrepreneurs shared in addressing their problems at the …  Read More

International journalists to discuss their creative solutions for working in adverse media environments

Being creative is one thing many reporters are capable of, especially international journalists who are determined to overcome financial and political barriers preventing them from doing their jobs: keeping citizens informed. A panel at the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism(ISOJ) featuring six journalists from around the world will gather in Austin, Texas on Saturday, …  Read More

Yoani Sánchez will explain how and why she created 14ymedio, “Cuba’s first independent news platform”

Because of her desire to be an independent voice for Cuban society, Yoani Sánchez has been arrested, previously was prohibited from leaving her country and has been made the subject of smear campaigns. Despite those challenges, her independent news platform 14ymedio is approaching its second anniversary of delivering news and opinion from inside Cuba. On …  Read More

International online journalists continue to inform citizens despite threats of censorship and violence, ISOJ gathering told

Brave, hard-headed, persistent, and possessed with a good sense of humor. These are the characteristics shared by eight international journalists who talked about the challenges they face trying to inform the public, said Maria Teresa Ronderos, director of the Independent Journalism program at Open Society Foundations. Ronderos chaired the panel “A global roundup: How journalists …  Read More

Knight Center’s global conference ISOJ underlines sense of optimism for the future of journalism

The most successful and diverse International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) to date concluded last weekend underlining a renewed sense of confidence and optimism in the future of the news industry. More than 400 journalists, media executives and academics came to the University of Texas at Austin on April 4 and 5 to participate in …  Read More

Site seeks to bind together warring factions in South Sudan

While crafting a site that works as a digital encyclopedia on the ethnic groups in his native Sudan, veteran journalist Jacob Akol realized this information could be combined with news and a social element to bind together the warring factions in the south. Akol named his website Gurtong and, starting in 2002, began organizing social …  Read More

Spotlight on The News Lens at ISOJ

Many individuals in Asia do not trust the media. Recognizing that issue, Joey Chung, the CEO and co-founder of The News Lens — one of the fastest growing media outlets in Asia — aims to report on important news across all industries and sectors. At the 15th annual International Symposium on Online Journalism, Michael Maness, the vice president for …  Read More

15th ISOJ to be most international edition ever with online journalists from 40 countries

With participants from 40 countries, the 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) will be the most international edition of the conference since it started in 1999 at the University of Texas at Austin. Registration was suspended more than a week ago when the venue capacity was reached.This year’s ISOJ has broken participation records with almost …  Read More

ISOJ Keynote: University of Hong Kong’s Ying Chan to talk about the new frontier for journalism in China

With its vast population and the second most important economy in the globe, China has become one of the most important stories worldwide. But it’s not an easy one to cover. News reports have discussed at length the current controls of the Communist Party over freedom of expression and flow of information in the country, …  Read More