CCIJ Weekly Round-Up: July 10

Your need-to-know news from CCIJ this week.

This week at CCIJ:

Journalists across the world attend a visual storytelling training, exclusive to CCIJ members. Vanessa Offiong talks about her unexpected journey into journalism. Sonja Smith discusses her experiences reporting on the dangers of water collection.


This week on the Waterless podcast, Namibian investigative journalist Sonja Smith discusses her experience as a freelance journalist and her most recent story– published in collaboration with CCIJ– about Waterless people in Namibia who are dying trying to collect water for themselves and their families.

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Read “Dying for a Drop”:

Read Sonja discuss her CCIJ journey:

Transparency Talks

On this week’s Transparency Talks podcast, accomplished Nigerian journalist Vanessa Offiong joined host Jeff Kelly Lowenstein to chat about her unexpected journey into journalism 11 years ago and why she focuses on women and children in her work. 

more from vanessa

Read Vanessa’s story, “Abuja grannies walking extra miles for water,” written in collaboration with CCIJ.

Visual Storytelling

Scott Lewis and Jon Lowenstein, CCIJ’s visual and innovation directors, held a member-exclusive training on visual storytelling Thursday. The interactive session featured attendees from the U.S., South Africa, Tanzania, France, Portugal, Nigeria and India. 

Want to join future training sessions? Email Jeff Kelly Lowenstein ( for CCIJ membership inquiries.