Our roots lie in print and broadcast but we maximise the opportunities offered by new media. We approach every problem through as many different channels as possible including web, social media, print and video.
From campaigning for education rights, to building Iran's most successful independent media outlet, we use our range of skills to create impact in a fast-changing media landscape. We never simply create media, we always try to build capacity as we go - whether it's training citizen journalists in Iran for IREX's Iranwire, or delivering a range of research, campaigning and practical help for journalists through our project Journalism Is Not A Crime.
Film & Documentary
Rosewater, the major Hollywood film, directed by Daily Show host John Stewart, is based on the book by our director, Maziar Bahari. Maziar's investigative documentary, Along Came a Spider charted the story of a serial killer who targeted prostitutes in Tehran. The film was nominated for an Emmy. Simon Ardizzone's film Hacking Democracy proved that election results in the USA could be reversed by computer hackers, without leaving any evidence of the crime. The film was broadcast by HBO for two election cycles and garnered an Emmy nomination for outstanding journalism. Paul Eedle, In addition to holding senior management positions at Reuters and Al Jazeera, has produced numerous films. Paul's subject matter ranges from aboriginal rights in Australia to the fate of refugees in the middle east. Recently, Maziar Bahari's film on the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education, To Light A Candle, played to audiences across the world. The film was made to support our Education Is Not A Crime campaign. The film was recently singled out for commendation by United Nations Special Rapporteur, Ahmed Shaheed.
Journalism For Change staff have all written extensively for a wide range of international media including the New York Times, Newsweek, The Guardian and The New Statesman.
Training & Mentoring
Training, mentoring and supporting talent is a big part of what we do. From drumming performances in Burundi to documentary film-making seminars in Istanbul we have brought people together to develop their voices and their skills. Where live training is impossible, particularly in Iran, we have developed online networks and training platforms to teach and support journalists and other information activists. Wherever possible we use our own networks to connect up-and-coming talent to commissioners and editors in international media - including The BBC, The New York Times and The Daily Beast. Simon Ardizzone in his capacity as Chair of the Board of Management for Four Corners, a London-based charity for lens media, has been instrumental in setting standards for training across the UK and is part of the BAFTA mentoring network. Paul Eedle has trained Iraqi correspondents to international media standards to deliver footage from the heart of the conflicts in the region.
Journalism For Change has a team dedicated to the latest social media platforms and practices. We aim to get our content noticed by as large a number of users as possible and encourage feedback and debate. Using the latest analytical tools, we track user engagement across our web platforms as well as Facebook and Twitter to maximise and monitor our impact.
Wherever possible, we try to create live events that kick start networks and communities as well as providing a focus for our campaigns. Our campaign for Education Is Not A Crime included an event that attracted 1,000 people to down-town Los Angeles to listen to Hollywood A-List stars and Nobel Laureates. We are currently working on a major event for this year's General Assembly of the United Nations to advocate for freedom of expression.
Journalism For Change draws on an extensive global network of lawyers, activists and other specialists, all of whom share a passion for freedom of expression and human rights. Our network supports our activities, as we are always able to call in specialist help, but this network also helps us to ensure that our work is of the highest quality. Whether we are researching the mental health of Iranian journalists or campaigning against propaganda and mis-information, our projects are peer-reviewed by some of the toughest and most critical professionals.
Management & Reporting
We regularly collect and analyse data to monitor the effectiveness of our projects. This data becomes the basis of our regular report to our funders. Our
We have offices in Washington DC and London. Our London office is based in Shoreditch, the heart of the UK's new media and tech startup communities. This gives us unparalleled access to some of the best global talent in information, communication and technology .