Dawit Kebede joins Ethiopia’s exiled journalists

New York, November 21, 2011, CPJ news –Dawit Kebede, managing editor of Awramba Times, one of Ethiopia’s two remaining independent Amharic-language newspapers offering critical analysis of local politics, announced today that he was forced to leave the country after he received a tip last week about alleged government plans to re-imprison him. Kebede also said that the paper was unlikely to continue publishing. 

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How to develop sources for business stories

Every city or region in the world, no matter how small, is teeming with interesting business and economic stories that affect the daily lives and pocketbooks of readers and viewers. But where do you find those stories? They can come from just about anywhere. Journalists do not have to be experts in these areas, but by learning the language of each sector, developing sources and following the latest developments, they can produce top-notch stories.

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Nigerian editor and two reporters scoop FAIR awards

Nigerian newspaper NEXT shone like a million stars on 1 November as one of its editors  and two of its reporters scooped two of the three awards on offer at the FAIR (Forum for African Investigative Reporters) African Investigative Journalism Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa. A video message from the sponsors “FreePress Unlimited” set the tone for thunderous applause at the Moyo Zoo Lake venue of the ceremony as FAIR’s chairman, Gerard Guedegbe, declared reporters Peter Nkanga and Idris Akinbajo as African Investigative Reporters of the Year for their joint work, entitled “Last Minutes Oil Deal that Cost Nigeria Dear” published in the 12 June edition of NEXT on Sunday.

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FAIR investigation selected amongst 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards finalists

FAIR’s Transnational Investigation 2011, ‘Pirates, Smugglers and Corrupt Tycoons‘ was a finalist in the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards, hosted annually by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Winners were announced at the October 15 gala dinner of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kiev, Ukraine. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project was selected the top project out of 70 entries from 30 countries. Finalists for the award included Bloomberg Markets Magazine, The New Yorker, ABC News, Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) and a consortium of NPR, Radio Canada/CBC, and Swiss TV TSI. Topics ranged from the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control’s handling of the swine flu and H1N1 flu pandemic to the world of human trafficking and sex slavery in Eastern Europe. The seven finalists represent some of the world’s best investigative reporting and include stories from Afghanistan and Iraq, Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.

Housing boss in Malawi removed after FAIR-assisted corruption investigation‏

An investigation into a housing scandal in Malawi which was carried out by the local Daily Times with the help of FAIR peer-mentoring has paid off. The general manager of the Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC), Golden Matiya, has been removed from his position. The MHC’s Board chairman Benson Tembo only said that Matiya’s contract was not renewed when it expired on 15 September 2011.

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Call for Applications: Investigative Journalism Fellowship – Deadline 17 November 2011

AfriCOG invites qualified journalists to apply for the Investigative Journalism Fellowship in the areas of anti-corruption and good governance. AfriCOG is an independent, non-profit making organization whose governance and anti-corruption reform initiatives are aimed at addressing the structural causes of Kenya’s governance crisis while facilitating permanent civic vigilance. AfriCOG’s Investigative Journalism Fellowship is a competitive fellowship aimed at supporting talented journalists to investigate topical public interest cases and publish a compelling story in the area of governance and anti-corruption reform through print or broadcast media. The fellowship seeks to enhance expertise in investigative journalism and generate a body of incisive investigative reports. For more information or to apply, please follow this link:http://www.africog.org/?q=node/278

Registration open for the African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC)

‘Power Reporting: The African Investigative Journalism Conference 2011′ will be hosted by FAIR and Wits University during October 31st and November 2nd, 2011. FROM AFRICA: * Multiple FAIR Award winner Emmanuel Mayah, on the large scale African agricultural land sales. * Kassim ‘pirates’ Mohamed, on hunger in the Horn and how Somali’s help each other. * Eric Mwamba on the African Rich. * China in Africa.  FROM THE WORLD: * Felicity Lawrence, award-winning writer on the food industry for the London Guardian. Why food prices are rising across the world and how Africa is being exploited.  TRAINING: * Learn about Data Visualisation for print and online with Amanda Cox, New York Times. * Energy and climate change with John Vidal, London Guardian and OSI fellow Ken Silverstein, energybiz.com. * Join the computer assisted reporting team to learn new skills for the newsroom and investigative reporting.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

‘Social bandits’ now in French and Portuguese – ‘Bandits sociaux’ maintenant en francais et portugais – ‘Os bandidos sociais’ agora em frances e portugues

FAIR’s deep-digging Transnational Investigation 2011 into ‘criminal development’ in Africa is now available in French and Portuguese. The story of the money invested in African development by  pirates, oil smugglers, rebels and corrupt tycoons, can now be shared with networks, colleagues and friends in lusophone and francophone parts of Africa and the world.

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