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.

Mar 92017

InnovateAFRICA: Digital Fact-checking and Watchdog Projects Win $1 Million

A pan-African fact-checking network, citizen science in Durban shantytowns and a graphic journalism hub are among the latest winners of seed grants from innovateAFRICA, the continent’s largest fund for digital journalism experimentation.

The 22 winning digital projects will receive $1 million in funding and technology support from innovateAFRICA, which is managed by Code for Africa as part of ICFJ's wider data journalism initiative in the region.

The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in collaboration with ONE and the Elliott family seek entries for the inaugural 2017 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. Mike served as a distinguished editor at The Economist, Newsweek and Time before becoming CEO of ONE. Earlier this year, he had spoken of his dream to establish an award that would bring together his belief in great journalism with his commitment to progress in Africa.

Reporting Contest Winners Reveal the Hidden Toll on Early Childhood Development

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has named reporters from India, Kenya and Nigeria as winners of the 2016 Early Childhood Development Reporting Contest. Their stories shed light on the earliest years of life, especially the first 1,000 days. That is the critical period when children need proper nourishment, responsive care, learning opportunities and protection from disease, violence and stress.

HIV Prevention Reporting Fellowship

The world has made major progress on HIV, notably in sub-Saharan Africa, where the HIV burden is greatest. Increased access to lifesaving treatment and prevention options has led to a steady decline in AIDS-related deaths and HIV incidence. Efforts are underway to build on these gains and expand access to proven tools, including approaches that protect vulnerable populations by preventing new HIV infections.

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 162015

ICFJ Knight Roundup: The Human Cost of African Mining, Tracking Argentine Elections

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.

Tracking election campaigns in Argentina, the dirt on industrial mining in Africa, drones banned in Kenya and more from the Knight Fellows in this week's roundup.

Jun 292015

The Challenges Reporters Face While Covering Ebola

When the World Health Organization officially confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone late in May last year, Toronto Star global health reporter Jennifer Yang immediately knew it was a big international story and she had to cover it.

But she also knew she would first have to overcome some major obstacles if she hoped to travel to West Africa for the story: budgets at her paper had been consistently cut, and it would be difficult to gauge the scale of the outbreak from distant Canada well enough to convince her superiors that it was a story worth covering.