South Africa

Africa: Improving and Expanding Technology

Knight International Journalism Fellow Friedrich Lindenberg works with journalists and watchdog organizations to develop data resources and investigative tools.

Jul 242012

Knight Fellows in Africa Develop Tools To Improve Health Data Reporting

Knight International Journalism Fellows collaborated with Measure DHS (Demographic Health Surveys) in Entebbe, Uganda, to develop tools that can be used to train other journalists to accurately report on health issues using data. The complexity of understanding health data, coupled with the thoughtful and sensitive coverage necessary when reporting HIV prevalence, makes training health journalists critical to improving public health in Africa.

Knowledge for Health wrote about the event on their blog.

Jul 242012

A Journey to the Source: Reporters in South Africa Learn How and Where to Find People Behind the Stories

Stretching across a broad expanse of wilderness along South Africa’s Eastern Cape, the Transkei is the region set aside for the Xhosa people by the old apartheid regime, ostensibly as an experiment in black self-governance. It is also the birthplace of some of South Africa’s greatest freedom fighters, among them Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Thabo Mbeki.

MPT Test one

This is a test photo (Credit: Jorge Luis Sierra)

South Africa Sheshe Village

This borehole is designed to extract underground water and funnel it to a stream near Sheshe, but it often gets clogged or breaks down, and repairs can take months. (Photo by Brenda Wilson)

South Africa Sheshe Village

This borehole near the Sheshe village is used to extract water from the ground, but often breaks down or clogs. (Photo by Brenda Wilson)

South Africa Sheshe Village

This borehole near the Sheshe village is used to extract water from the ground, but often breaks down or clogs. (Photo by Brenda Wilson)

South Africa Sheshe Village

This borehole is used to extract underground water near Sheshe, but often breaks down. (Photo by Brenda Wilson)

South Africa Sheshe Village

This borehole is used to extract underground water near Sheshe, but often breaks down. (Photo by Brenda Wilson)

South Africa Sheshe Village

Nearly a dozen volunteers comprise the unofficial "Women of Sheshe Springs." (Photo by Brenda Wilson)