Digital entrepreneurs in the MENA region are invited to apply for IJNet Arabic's fifth annual Mentoring Center for MENA media entrepreneurs. During the program, IJNet mentors work closely with their mentees to establish business and media plans, implementing strategies and guiding them by evaluating and studying each project's needs. Mentees will be trained in written and visual content as well as digital marketing, social media and other key aspects of media entrepreneurship. Participants will also study the media industry in their own countries and learn strategies to keep their startups competitive.
Japanese journalists held their second national workshop on investigative reporting last month, drawing 250 journalists from across Japan, twice the number of last year. The second Journalism Practitioners' Forum (J-Forum) featured discussions on school scandals tied to prime minister, police surveillance of opposition political supporters, basic Excel skills, FOIA techniques, and fighting back against harassment of women journalists. The event was sponsored by GIJN member Waseda University Journalism School and The Journalism Discussion Group.
Asia's premier gathering of investigative and data journalists is now open for registration! We've just launched the site, with details on where to stay, register, what we're planning and more. Co-hosted by GIJN, Korea's innovative Newstapa, and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, we expect a record crowd of Asia's top journalists will join us in Seoul from October 5 to 7. You can follow the growing buzz on Twitter at #IJAsia18.
Olivera Lakić was wounded outside her home in the country’s second attack on a journalist in a month. An investigative reporter who covers crime and corruption in Montenegro, Lakić has been shot and injured in an attack that prompted calls from the European Union and the US to protect journalists in the Balkan country. A journalist for the Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti, she was wounded in the right leg outside her home in the capital, Podgorica. She was taken to a hospital and was reported out of danger.
Several senior journalists have left Cambodia's Phnom Penh Post, saying its new owners fired the editor-in-chief and demanded a story be removed. The paper, seen as Cambodia's last independent daily, was sold to a Malaysian businessman at the weekend, raising concerns about its future. New owner Sivakumar Ganapthy is also director of a PR firm which has done work for the Cambodian government. The sale comes amid an increasing crackdown on independent media outlets.
Canada's National Newspaper Awards have honored an impressive set of investigative reports, including probes into how police deal with sexual assault complaints, a man's claims of innocence after 30 years in prison, and Canada's role in the Panama Papers offshore scandal. Top honors went to "Unfounded," which exposed how police frequently abandon sexual assault cases, even when there is strong evidence. The 20-month project led police to re-open hundreds of cases. Also honored: a four-part series on the impact of concussions on retired Canadian football players.