New "Speak Out Nigeria" Project Will Amplify Citizen Voices in Health News

Feb 112014

As media attention begins to focus on Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, the International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) is launching an unprecedented project that will bring together five Knight International Journalism Fellows to pool their expertise. 

The project, “Hala Nigeria: Many Voices, Better Lives,” will encourage the citizens of Nigeria— Africa’s most populous country— to focus on issues of health care delivery as the 2015 elections approach.

The venture, which means “Speak Out, Nigeria,” will increase public engagement and amplify citizens’ voices on critical health issues facing the country.

The Knight Fellows will promote a culture of news innovation and expand media coverage into neglected regions by interacting and collaborating with local journalists, media organizations, academic institutions and health experts.

Furthermore, the Knight Fellows will make use of new digital tools to promote data-driven reporting to take advantage of Nigeria’s new open data movement.

“A lot of new media tools are available, some of which have been used in other parts of Africa, and we will be developing some tools here,” ICFJ’s Senior Program Director Jerri Eddings told The Punch—Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper— in a recent interview.