Twenty African media innovators will receive a total of $1 million to develop digital projects that improve the quality of news across the continent, as part of the first African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC).
The Exchange Program for Media Professionals from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and the United States, is a four-part, two-way media program run by ICFJ and funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Founding members of Africa's first continent-wide health journalists network met for four days to hammer out the many details needed to launch the association.
The African Health Journalists Association (AHJA) is an association of health journalism organizations and journalists dedicated to promoting and providing quality media coverage to improve the lives of people across Africa.
Its goals are:
To help journalists improve the quality and quantity of reporting on health issues in Africa
To advance professional development and raise the profile of health stories in the media
To promote dialogue and understanding between journalists and experts
Workshop participant Joy Wanja of The Nation in Kenya wrote an award-winning story using health and demographic data to tell the life story of a baby girl and the challenges she will face until adulthood. (Photo by Mercedes Sayagues)
Got a great idea for advancing the news media in Africa? You still have time to enter the African News Innovation Challenge—a global competition designed to spark cutting-edge projects that will strengthen African media. The deadline is midnight on July 10, 2012 (Central African Time).