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.

Call for Entries: Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship

Applications for the second round of Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowships are now closed.

Interested in becoming an influencer and leader for children’s development in your country? If producing high quality reporting and solution-orientated stories about nutrition and early childhood development issues is one of your passions, then apply to this year-long fellowship, which will include two international reporting trips as well as continuing mentoring and several virtual webinars.

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.

Jun 152011

In Tanzania, technology helps shortening the distance between cities and farms

It takes me nine hours of driving only on smooth tarmac to cover the 435 miles from Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam to Arusha in the north, but some of my citizen journalist trainees require two days to cover 100 miles or so to reach the venue for our sessions. So they set off a day earlier from their homes to arrive at the same time that I do.

Kenya and Tazania: Journalism Training (2008)

Knight International Journalism Fellow Karen Rothmyer completed one year of journalism training in Kenya and Tanzania in 2008, partnering with The Nation Newspaper Group.

Kenya: Journalism Training (2006)

Knight International Journalism Fellow Karen Rothmyer completed five months of journalism training in Kenya in 2006, partnering with the University of Nairobi.

Tanzania: Put the Spotlight on Rural Development

Joachim Buwembo helped to create Kilimo Kwanza (Agriculture First), now a financially vibrant weekly publication focusing on agriculture issues. The eight-page supplement is published in English and Kiswahili by the Guardian Newspapers, the country’s top independent newspaper group.

Since it began, the supplement has featured more than 200 stories. Some reports led to new bank loans for farmers to buy imported tractors that lay idle as well as to increased government investment in dairy equipment and irrigation.

Knight Fellow Joachim Buwembo helped a newspaper in Tanzania launch a section on agriculture – a crucial issue to raise people out of poverty. Competitive outlets have taken note and increased their own coverage of the topic.

Jun 192010

News Story Leads to Help for Dairy Industry

I have for a while been aware of the ironic “equality” between Africa and America that the rate of food wastage on the two continents is about the same at 30 to 50 percent: In America it is spoilt in people’s refrigerators while in Africa it is spoilt on the way to the market.

But this disturbing African reality hit me again hard in the face last month as we were gathering information about the Tanzania dairy industry ahead of the Milk Week at the end of May.

Nov 92009

Finally Tanzanians ready to let Swahili grow

Editors Note: The author discusses the growth of the Kiswahili dialect in Tanzania.

For decades, Tanzanians have cherished their version of Swahili, considered to be the purest in the region. But in the spirit of opening up, they now seem to be accepting the "less pure" versions of the neighbours.

Last week I gate crashed into a retreat of top Tanzanian editors and media managers that was taking place in Arusha and it was a most rewarding experience.