South Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa: Strengthening storytelling & audience engagement through data journalism & civic innovation

Code for Africa, founded in 2012 by ICFJ Knight Fellow Justin Arenstein, is the continent's open data and civic technology pioneer, designed to spark the use of open data and “digital democracy” tools by media and NGOs to better engage citizens.

Aug 102015

ICFJ Knight Roundup: Code For Africa In New York, Violence Against Mexican Journalists

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.

Jul 312015

ICFJ Knight Roundup: Medical Malpractice In Peru, Improving Environmental Reporting

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.

ICFJ Knight Fellows’ projects featured in a new Center for International Media Assistance report and more in this week’s roundup.

Jul 72015

ICFJ Knight Roundup: Diamond Prices Exposed, Tracking Counterfeit Drugs

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.

Jun 192015

ICFJ Knight Fellow Stephen Abbott Pugh on Access to Information, New Technology

Last week, ICFJ and the Code for Africa team announced that Stephen Abbott Pugh would join the joint project as the newest Knight International Journalism Fellow.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Abbott Pugh moved to Rwanda in 2014 where he saw an opportunity to make a difference, launching an information access website for ordinary citizens to request government documents.

Aug 202014

Changing the World One Story at a Time

In my two and half years as a program officer at the International Center for Journalists, I have met many incredible people who are changing the world one story at a time. Recently, I had the chance to observe this process first hand when I traveled to Southern Africa with nine journalists from six countries.

Jul 172014

Mozambique: Where health is more than pills and vaccines

From the preventable tragedy of newborn deaths to the thrill of cutting edge technology for same-day viral load testing of young babies, from a rural hospital without an incubator to the enthusiasm of HIV positive activists, this was a whirlwind, knowledge-packed media trip to see maternal and newborn health in Mozambique.

Jul 172014

Health fellows come into town

It was Graca Machel’s first public appearance since the death of her husband Nelson Mandela six months ago, so of course every journalist wanted an interview. But Machel’s office was quite firm, no interviews and even her appearances at the third Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) conference, were brief.

Jun 262014

Civic Patterns is Creating a Common Language For The Builders of News and Citizen engagement apps

While many in journalism are searching for ways to harness their readers' expertise and to use data to tell compelling stories, technologists and NGOs who build civic technologies around the world are asking some of the same questions. Organizations like the UK's MySociety, US-based Code for America, Code for South Africa or Fundacion Ciudadano Inteligente in Chile develop services that aim to improve interactions between government and citizens.