Empowering journalism, Inspiring change.
The IJSC story
The Institute for Journalism and Social Change (IJSC) is a pioneering new international ‘learn-and-do’ initiative that is bringing together current and future journalists, researchers and activists to scale up impact, inclusion and innovations in service of social change. Working with partners across borders and disciplines, we seek to reinvigorate the media with its core social purpose – to support democracy – amidst transnational threats including from anti-gender movements, climate chaos, corporate impunity, and disinformation.
What we do
Global Journalism and Education
We are currently developing specialist, public-interest journalism education and training through a range of courses and a flagship MA programme accredited by a leading university. Our journalism students will get to work on practical and impactful projects and build their skills and networks whilst studying remotely and online. Our journalism education programme intentionally centres historically marginalised communities and voices urgently-needed correctives to prevailing models that privilege Western-centric and patriarchal paradigms and approaches.
We publish practical resources to support journalism for social change.
In 2024, we will disseminate a new Feminist Investigative Journalism Handbook for media professionals, students and those who seek to collaborate with them, with concrete case studies and practical methodology chapters.
We produce major, revelatory investigations and compelling storytelling that support and widen audiences for social change, involving teams of students on MA programmes working with media and other partners
We produce actionable research to inform impactful and inclusive journalism for social change, as well as civil society ‘narrative change’ efforts, including on public opinion and narrative frames, as well as on issues related to ownership, coverage and inequalities within the media
We bring together current and future journalists, academics/researchers and activists through online and in-person events to share experiences, learnings and perspectives across borders and disciplines
We facilitate joint projects between our priority communities, including new research and innovative collaborations, that are impact-led and where learnings are documented to help inspire and guide other such work
We organise fellowships/residencies to connect and support change-makers to work on innovations while learning from each other and contributing to other research/publications or training activities
Co-Founder: Claire Provost is a feminist investigative journalist and media innovator who founded the ‘Tracking the Backlash’ feminist investigative journalism project and fellowship programme for young women and LGBTIQ reporters at openDemocracy, where she was Head of Global Investigations. She was also previously a data journalist at The Guardian and a fellow at the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London, and her writing has been published by outlets including CNN, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy and The New York Review of Books. She has additionally guest lectured in journalism at universities; she has worked as a consultant to non-profit organisations including the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism and Harm Reduction International; and she is on the advisory committee for Noor, a new global feminist think-and-do tank. She has degrees from Harvard and Columbia universities. Her first book Silent Coup: How Corporations Overthrew Democracy, came out in May 2023 with Bloomsbury. She’s based in Italy.
Co-Founder: Justin Schlosberg is Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Westminster. His research and teaching focuses on critical questions of media power and disinformation. He is a former chair of the Media Reform Coalition in the UK, and Edmund J Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University. He has authored/ co-authored several books about the media including Power beyond Scrutiny (Pluto 2013), Media Ownership and Agenda Control (Routledge 2016), The Media Manifesto (Polity 2019), and Disinformation: A critical perspective (Emerald, forthcoming). He is based in United Kingdom.
Dr. Justin Schlosberg
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
Co-Founder: Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is an African Feminist activist and the author of The Sex Lives of African Women. She was cited by the BBC as one of its 100 most inspirational and influential women from around the world in 2022. She is the CEO of MAKEDA PR, a strategic communications company that specialises in working with feminist organisations globally, and Co-Founder of MASI Media which produces Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, a website, podcast and festival that publishes and creates content that tells stories of African women’s experiences around sex, sexualities, and pleasure. She was previously Director of Communications and Tactics at the global feminist organisation AWID. She’s based in Ghana.