Wednesday, September 03, 2008

IJNet.org launches new portal

Washington, D.C. -based International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) weekend launched a new version of its online portal IJNet.org.

The site connects an unparalleled global network of journalists and media development organizations through cutting-edge social networking tools, discussion spaces, forums and news stories on worldwide journalism activities.

The revamped IJNet site offers thousands of international journalists in its online community the latest networking tools in Arabic, English, Persian, Portuguese and Spanish, while individual journalists and organizations have the ability to create advanced profiles, where they could highlight their work, post news and invite others to join their network.

“They can also search for each other by e-mail address, IJNet screen name, location, organization, area of expertise, language and any other information the user provides. Users with profiles can join discussions, post to IJNet Answers, and take advantage of a variety other interactive features,” a press statement from IJNet read.

The site also offers new tools for media development organizations and professionals. The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) section brings the latest industry news to its 400 member organizations, the media assistance community, development professionals and funders worldwide. Its interactive platform allows users to share information and programs in an effort to promote efficiency and cooperation.

ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan said the new platform enables journalists and media trainers to collaborate in exciting, new ways.

“For the first time, they will be able to link directly to one another, sharing resources and spurring collaboration,” she said.

Launched in 1998, IJNet is the leading resource for the latest media news alerts, training opportunities and discussion for journalists worldwide. Its weekly e-mail bulletin has grown tenfold since its inception, reaching more than 18,000 subscribers from more than 100 countries. The Web site receives nearly 20,000 unique visitors each month.

IJNet is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Eurasia Foundation, the New Eurasia Foundation and friends of ICFJ.


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