The International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C., has announced a five-year, $5 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to expand its efforts to connect global journalism leaders with U.S. news organizations.
The grant will enable the ICFJ Knight Fellowships program to build on the organization's success in combating the spread of misinformation and disinformation. Among other things, Knight fellows have helped launch fact-checking organizations in Africa and developed technologies to alert social media users in Latin America when they share discredited articles. They also have created more than a hundred news-related tools and produced thousands of high-impact stories for major news outlets on five continents.
"At a time when misinformation is everywhere, and the public is losing trust in institutions of all kinds, the exchange of ideas between newsrooms across borders is an imperative," said Knight Foundation vice president for journalism Jennifer Preston. "The ICFJ Knight Fellowships answer this call, connecting journalists who embrace the possibilities of the digital age to inform and engage, while upholding the values of truth-seeking and fairness that guide excellent journalism."