Cutting-Edge Online Portal to Connect Media Community Worldwide launches sophisticated social networking tools and new media-

development platform

Aug 27, 2008, 01:00 ET from International Center for Journalists

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Center
 for Journalists (ICFJ) announces the launch of a new version of its online
 portal on August 27. 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.
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     The revamped IJNet site offers thousands of international journalists
 in its online community the latest networking tools in Arabic, English,
 Persian, Portuguese and Spanish. Individual journalists and organizations
 are able to create advanced profiles, where they can 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.
     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.
     "This new platform enables journalists and media trainers to
 collaborate in exciting, new ways," said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan.
 "For the first time, they will be able to link directly to one another,
 sharing resources and spurring collaboration."
     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.
     The International Center for Journalists, a non-profit, professional
 organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that
 independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition.
 Aiming to raise the standards of journalism, ICFJ offers hands-on training
 workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges to journalists
 and media managers around the globe. For more information, visit
Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link. Joyce Barnathan

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