CCIJ Weekly Roundup: July Member Spotlight

Watch the newest Member Spotlight with journalist and member Sonja Smith! Also sign up for our upcoming training and keep an eye out for the Metaverse Launch Party. 

July Member Spotlight

Check out our latest member spotlight on Namibian Journalist and CCIJ member Sonja Smith. Smith has worked on a pair of award-winning and impactful stories for CCIJ, including Dying for a Drop and Vineyards Pampered, Farmworkers Struggle. This member spotlight is in video format for the first time, so you can hear and see Sonja describe her work and professional journey in her own words. Watch this spotlight before attending the upcoming training to understand the full impact of Smith’s work!

Find the video here. 

CCIJ August Training: Story Proposals

Registration is now open for our August Training with award-winning independent journalist, Sonja Smith, and CCIJ’s Series Editor, Yaffa Fredrick. The session will explore how to best craft an effective story proposal to receive grant funding. This free session is open to anyone from experienced journalists to interested community members. 

You can register for the event here. 

Please contact  Willa Sippel at with any questions. 

Metaverse Launch Party

Keep an eye out for our upcoming Metaverse Launch Party in August!  The metaverse is 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. 

We’ll be in touch with a date soon and hope to see you there!