CCIJ Weekly Roundup: Journalism Training Tomorrow!

Join us at the end of August for our Metaverse launch event, a chance to celebrate our leap forward into the digital space thanks to Jon Lowenstein, Karen Eng and Lenara Verle! Also register for our free journalism proposal training tomorrow.

Metaverse Launch Party

We are excited to announce that our Metaverse Launch Event is set for August 25th! This is a chance for us to celebrate a leap forward our organization is making into a collective virtual shared space. In May, CCIJ became the first journalism organization to create a space to publish members’ work when it published Lamin Jahateh and Jason Florio‘s story about water access in The Gambia.  CCIJ’s Innovation Director Jon Lowenstein worked with designers Karen Eng and Lenara Verle to conceive and build the space. This event is meant to be a celebration with the whole CCIJ community, and we hope you can join us! 

Please contact for more information and to register!

August Training 

Tomorrow, award-winning editor Yaffa Fredrick and independent journalist, Sonja Smith, will be leading us in CCIJ’s August training “How to Write a Winning Journalism Proposal.”  In this session, Fredrick and Smith will share, from their experience, the secrets to constructing compelling journalism proposals. Attendees will learn the essentials of applying for grant funding for stories, and ways to make their applications stand out. This free session is open to anyone from experienced journalists to interested community members, and there is still space! It is scheduled for tomorrow, August 5th at 6:00am PST/9:00am EST/13:00 GMT/15:00 CAT, we’re excited to see you there! These sessions remain free as we want to make sure they are accessible to our entire community, but contributions are always welcome.

You can register for the event here. 

Please contact Willa Sippel at with any questions. 

Good Morning Namibia

CCIJ member Sonja Smith was recently invited to speak on Good Morning Namibia about her impactful work on water issues in Namibia. She has recently received recognition for her pair of award-winning stories for CCIJ, Dying for a Drop and Vineyards Pampered, Farmworkers Struggle, including receiving the Journalist of the Year Award and the award for the best story in the category of Environment and Agriculture from EFN Namibia. You can also view the profile we recently published on her on our blog.