Sep 112012

40 Finalists Emerge in $1M Innovation Challenge

Forty pioneering digital journalism projects have been shortlisted as finalists in the inaugural $1 million African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC).

Aug 12012

Knight Fellow Cultivates Data Journalism in Africa

Media outlets struggle to keep pace with rapidly changing technology, and lagging revenues reflect that. Justin Arenstein, a Knight International Journalism Fellow, believes that data journalism is the solution for sustainable media in Africa.

In this TechCentral profile, Arenstein suggests that news organizations should digitize content and open their data archives to third parties for development.

Training the Next Generation of Tunisian Media Professionals

In partnership with The Institute of Press and Information Sciences (IPSI) at the University of Manouba in Manouba, Tunisia, ICFJ is implementing an internship program for Tunisian master’s degree journalism students. The internship program’s goal

The group of eight Tunisians depart from the airport in Tunis on their way to the U.S. for the start of the ICFJ program Training the Next Generation of Tunisian Media Professionals. Seven of the eight have never before been on a plane. Seeing the group off is Stephen Kochuba (center), Information Officer, U.S. Embassy Tunis.

is to educate Tunisian journalism students on U.S. and international journalistic practices and ethics. ICFJ places students in newsrooms for 17-day internships. Students observe U.S.

India Swara Training

A citizen journalist uses his cellphone to interview a woman in Central India as part of a training workshop on mobile news. (Photo by Arjun Venkatraman)

Apr 182012

SXSW and ICFJ: Eye-Catching Technologies Help Media Engage and Track Information

I attended this year’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSWi) to interact with industry leaders and explore interactive technologies we could use to help people in developing countries access and share information in new ways.

For the unfamiliar, SXSWi is a five-day extravaganza of panels, parties, free food, meetings planned and moments serendipitous, accelerators, keynotes and one massive tech trade show. Few events bring together such an amazing array of mobile and digital thinkers and innovators.

Apr 182012

In the Works: A Mobile App to Help Jordan's Farmers

Tomato farmers all over Jordan face a daily challenge. Should they collect their daily crops and send them to the central vegetable markets without knowing the market availability or price? If there is a big stock of tomatoes in that market, high supply and stable demand reduce the prices. Sometimes there aren't enough buyers and the produce goes to waste. Since there are no tomato processing facilities in Jordan, the result is a direct loss to Jordanian farmers.

Jordan Tomato Farmers

Farmers in Jordan will get reports on their cell phones about price fluctuations and market demand so they can better sell their goods. (Photo by Luigi Guarino)

Mar 212012

ICFJ's Jerri Eddings: New Technology Brings New Opportunities for African Journalists

At the 14th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference, held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., ICFJ Program Director Jerri Eddings said that many governments in Africa have eased restrictions on journalists. Now, she said, journalists are learning to access new kinds of information and deliver it to an increasingly tech-savvy audience across the continent.

The Newseum's First Amendment Center reported on the event.

Mar 72012

Harnessing the Power of Social Media in Developing Nations

It is hardly news to say that social media offer unprecedented opportunity to empower change through collaboration. We’ve seen this in American elections and the Arab Spring, alike. With over one billion people now active on social media around the world, and two billion Internet users, it has never been this technologically easy to connect people and work together, the world over.

But what about the billions of people who aren’t active on these social media, or don’t have access to the Internet or smartphones? Are they completely cut off?