ICFJ Knight Roundup: ANCIR Advisor Named Finalist for Global Shining Light Award

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Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field. Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

Investigative advisor Khadija is up for the Global Shining Light Award, a crash course in cybersecurity from Kenya, and more from the Knight Fellows in this week's roundup.

ANCIR is a finalist for global investigative journalism award

Khadija Sharife, investigative advisor at the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), is a finalist for the Global Investigative Journalism Network's Global Shining Light Award. Sharife and John Grobler's piece "Kimberley’s Illicit Process," published in the World Policy Journal, exposes how US$3.5 billion in illicit diamond revenue was allegedly laundered through a Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. ANCIR was founded by ICFJ Knight Fellow Justin Arenstein.

Who is spying on you online?

Knowing how to better protect yourself online is a constant challenge. Serah Rono, Code for Africa's web developer and advocate, wrote a post about a recent Hacks/Hackers Nairobi meetup on digital security, hosted by AfricaHackOn and Code for Africa, also founded by Arenstein. In the post, Rono highlights crash courses offered on digital security and Code for Africa projects such as afriLEAKS that protect against digital snoops.

Code for Africa + Open Knowledge = open government pioneers

Code for Africa and Open Knowledge launched their first cohort of Open Government Fellows earlier this year. The fellowship gives four African journalists the opportunity to test their ideas and find ways to improve government and civic society through open-source data and digital technologies. Seember Nyager, one of the open government fellows, published the first blog of her fellowship on the challenges of the Nigerian public procurement system.

Open Knowledge and Code for Africa are also fast-tracking open-data adoption in South Africa. Help them figure out what already exists by adding to the Global Open Data Index: Survey.

Five reasons not to miss the next Hacks/Hackers Media Party in Argentina

If you didn't attend the Media Party in Argentina last month, here are five key reasons why you shouldn't miss the next event, created by ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariano Blejman and Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires. Eri Sanchez writes on Medium about the special environment that Media Party creates to promote collaborations between journalists and a community that includes programmers, data analysts, impact investors and designers. Rather than seeing digital technologies as obstacles to good journalism, Sanchez writes, events like Media Party provide numerous opportunities during workshops, panels, presentations and hackathons to share or test new ideas that can enhance the way journalism works.

In case you missed it

  • Will Fitzgibbon of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) writes in the Pulitzer Center blog about ICIJ's collaboration with African journalists to expose harmful practices by Australian mining companies in Africa, also highlighting the role of ANCIR in the investigation.

  • In a recent Memeburn post, ICFJ Knight Fellow Chris Roper weighs in on an Instagram plagiarism scandal by Skye Grove, a prominent member of South Africa's Instagram community.

  • Learn how to transform piles of documents into interactive data by reading data journalist Davide Mancino's Medium article. To explain his secrets, Mancino uses as a case study ANCIR's and the Investigative Reporting Project Italy's joint project on the Italian Mafia in Africa.

This post is also published on IJNet, which is produced by ICFJ.

Main image screengrab of Sharife's story.