Nuno Nigeria workshop

Nuno Vargas leads a workshop in Lagos, Nigeria.

Jan 152015

How Nigerian Journalists Use Design Thinking to Understand Their Audience

The way we told stories in the past doesn’t always work today.

Traditionally, editors and reporters would think of stories they believed the audience needed, and then deliver those stories as best they could. But in our increasingly mobile and wired world, audiences change quickly. How can an editor be confident that a story that seems important to the audience really is?

The short answer: By getting to know the audience so deeply that their needs are revealed. If that sounds impossible, take heart.

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, a veteran investigative reporter, won the 2014 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award for environmental and health stories that have made a widespread impact on Nigerian communities.

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye

Mar 272014

News Contest Launched to Engage Citizens on Health

Nigerian journalists and media organizations can win cash, mentoring and in-house technical assistance through a new story competition aimed at amplifying citizen voices on vital health issues.

Winners of the Hala Nigeria Story Challenge will receive prizes up to $1,000 and a chance to attend an exclusive EditorsLab with a faculty of international experts.

Feb 112014

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

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.

Feb 62014

Make Data Come Alive with Free, Simple Tool

To sustain user attention and drive audience engagement, journalists and news organizations should learn to use data visualizations.

Data visualizations let you explain a set of data simply with an infographic, an interactive application or a chart. With multiple stories competing for users' attention on the boundless Internet, data visualizations are a creative way to interest users in your content and add context or a different perspective to your story. Leading media organizations are using Datawrapper, a simple and free tool, to improve their storytelling.