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As we reach the end of the year, we reflect on the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has brought about continued challenges around press freedom.

Jamaija Rhoades, intern at IJNet, sourced the best pearls of wisdom for the new year from ICFJ Knight Fellows, made up of entrepreneurial journalists and technology experts who lead transformative media projects around the world.

An award-winning journalist with The Nation, Nigeria’s widest circulating newspaper, Hannah Ajakaiye looks to the elections next year in Brazil, Nigeria, Kenya, and the Philippines. She says that journalists must get acquainted with technical solutions.

"Instances of computational propaganda and large-scale gendered disinformation campaigns are likely to feature prominently in some of these elections. Familiarity with open-source intelligence (OSINT), a field of investigation using publicly accessible information, is paramount for journalists who want to debunk disinformation around elections in these countries," says Ajakaiye in the article.

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