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Twenty digital journalism projects have earned US$ 1 million in funding and technical support, making the Challenge the largest fund for digital journalism experimentation in Africa. These projects focus on citizen engagement, investigative tools and whistleblower security.

As one of the judges, I can tell you these projects are applicable anywhere. The list of winners, announced last week – and choosing them was nearly impossible – can be found here.

Thanks to the African Media Initiative, the organizer of the Challenge, a description of all of the entries – some 500 projects – are online and available for browsing. This is a great resource for anyone looking for new digital journalism ideas.

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Larry Kilman

Date

2012-12-04 09:44

This is a guest post by Gill Moodie, a South African journalist who covers the media. She blogs at Grubstreet.co.za and writes weekly media columns and stories for Bizcommunity, and Wits University’s Journalism.co.za.

There is a lot of courageous, excellent investigative work going on in African countries.

In South Africa, investigative teams focus on busting political corruption whereas much of the in-depth investigative work going on in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda is about social issues and related problems.

“There’s a tendency to see investigative journalism in South Africa as the journalistic equivalent of a private investigation – getting inside information and getting leaks,” said Derek Luyt of the Public Service Accountability Monitor, who has worked with investigative journalists across the continent.

“There’s also a move towards data journalism [in SA], but we needn’t be so precious about defining investigative journalism and [making it only about] busting corruption. If you take a slightly broader view, then Africa is chock-a-block with brilliant investigative journalism.”

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Guest

Date

2012-06-13 11:49

There is one week left to apply for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) 2012 Mobile News Grants and Training Scheme, which provides newspaper companies in Sub-Saharan Africa with an opportunity to develop or expand their mobile platforms.

The project aims to increase accessibility of news across mobile platforms in Africa and offer increased news services to communities that may be otherwise underserved. Participating newspapers will receive funding, consultation and training to develop their mobile businesses.

Mobile News for Africa grants were made to nine newspapers last year, resulting in the development of 10 mobile news applications. WAN-IFRA will be selecting five more newspapers to participate in 2012 and is accepting applications from those seeking to develop new mobile platforms or improve or expand existing platforms.

The project has also produced a handbook,  “Mobile Media Services at Sub-Saharan African Newspapers: a Guide to Implementing Mobile News and Mobile Business,” co-published by WAN-IFRA and the African Media Initiative. The handbook can be downloaded without charge from http://tinyurl.com/4y9dcth

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Emma Goodman's picture

Emma Goodman

Date

2012-04-13 18:30

The groundbreaking Women in News (WIN) programme, launched by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in 2010, is now accepting applications from women media professionals from either the business or editorial side of newspapers in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

WIN is a high-impact capacity building programme that equips participants with the skills, strategies and support networks to progress to leading roles within their news organisations.

To date, almost 50 percent of the women enrolled in the programme have progressed to higher levels of responsibility within their organisations, or made a lateral move of their choosing.

"WIN has given me my professional vision. It has given me my educational vision. And it has given me growth. The bottom line is growth," says Leatile Gaolape, HR Coordinator for The Guardian Sun in Botswana. "I've realized that I am now capable of being a leader, I feel more responsible and I have learned to come up with solutions."

"We are delighted to see the WIN programme continue to its third year. As part of our strategic partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, WAN-IFRA has spent the past two years investing significantly in creating models of excellence that can be replicated in other markets with relative ease," said Larry Kilman, Deputy CEO of WAN-IFRA.

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Emma Goodman's picture

Emma Goodman

Date

2012-01-16 18:21

Somalia is usually in the limelight for crises: civil war, famine, drought, Somalian pirates attacking international shipping... And when the spotlight turns off it's hard to maintain the international community's attention focused on the country.

This is the aim of Somalia Speaks, a project launched recently by a joint team of partners "to catalyze global media attention on Somalia by letting Somali voices take center stage", as Patrick Meier of Ushahidi, one of the founder organizations, explained - and all this via SMS services.

Somalia Speaks is the result of multiple efforts. It is hosted - and publicised - by Al Jazeera; the SMS messaging service is provided by Souktel, a Palestinian-based organization, while Ushahidi - whose role is well-known in crisis mapping - and Crowdflower - a crowdsourcing platform - translate, categorize and map the incoming responses.

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Federica Cherubini

Date

2012-01-10 12:30

More than half the countries with freedom of information laws in place do not follow them, the Associated Press has found in an 11-month investigation into citizens' rights to know what their governments are doing.

Having effectively used FOI requests in investigative stories in the US, especially at the state and local government level, the AP decided that such requests were a tool which could be better taken advantage of at an international level, said John Daniszewski, vice president and senior managing editor for international news.

In part as an attempt to react to the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks in a constructive manner, the AP set about asking the European Union and 105 different governments around the world questions about how many arrests and convictions for terrorism there have been in the ten years since 9/11.

"I don't think many people even knew that 105 countries had these laws on the books," said Daniszewski, "and in some of the countries in which we used them they were virtually unused."

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Emma Goodman's picture

Emma Goodman

Date

2011-11-17 12:56

Since 2006, The New York Times has held its annual "Win a Trip" contest with reporter Nicholas Kristof, offering students (and starting from this year someone 60 or over), the chance to accompany Kristof on a reporting assignment to Africa. Participants apply by submitting either an essay or a video explaining why they should be chosen for the experience.

This is just a small part of the wider attention Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, pays to Africa. His second Pulitzer, won in 2006, was awarded for his coverage of the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Kristof's most recent column appeared in the New York Times Sunday Review on July 1st, and reflected on his latest African adventure within the "Win a Trip" contest. At the same time, and as he points out on his blog, the column was also an attempt to address a broader discontent about the way news media and journalists write about Africa.

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Federica Cherubini

Date

2011-07-07 12:50

As newspapers compete for online readers, mobile phones have huge potential to draw users online with their portable and real-time news updates.

The Guardian announced on Friday that it has seen more than 400,000 downloads of its mobile newspaper app since it was relaunched in January. The paper reported that it receives 10% of web traffic from its mobile website, a huge jump in growth from 2009, when just 0.6% of readers accessed the site from their mobile phones.

Similarly, in April 2011, MediaWeek reported that Mirror Online's mobile readership reached 8%, although the bulk of online visitors came from work and home computers.

The Guardian's app is free, although it limits content. For £2.99, users can subscribe for 6 months of full access, or £3.99 for an annual subscription. Nearly 70,000 users have opted for a paid subscription, 17% of all mobile readers.

Author

Florence Pichon

Date

2011-06-13 14:19

According to journalism.co.uk, the African online news company A24 has just partnered with the African Press Organization (APO). "The deal will see A24 host the APO's wire service, which includes multilingual reports and press releases from governments, political organisations and NGOs," states the article. The agency also provides a free wire service to African journalists.

A24 launched at the end of 2008 and was said to be Africa's first online site for African content while trying to strengthen Africa's media capacity, states newsfromafrica.org. The site sells African video content to different news companies across the world, "with contributors receiving the bulk of the sales revenue and retaining copyright," reports the journalism.co.uk article. Plus, the editorial board includes Reuters' head of global multimedia along with a former executive director at ABC News based in Australia.

Author

Heather Holm

Date

2010-10-14 16:59

TNA Media owned daily The New Age has postponed launch of its print edition until October 20, according to an announcement on its website on Tuesday.

This decision of postponement follows "an exhaustive review of readiness" exemplified by the newspaper to launch this month, TimesLive.co.za reported yesterday.

For more on this story, please see our sister publication www.sfnblog.com

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Emma Goodman's picture

Emma Goodman

Date

2010-09-17 11:15

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